F10 - The Wellness/energy Nexus – a Case for Effective Design

Wednesday, November 8 from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM | 204AB « Back

Abstract Text:

Employers are spending approximately 90% of their annual operating costs on people and 10% on building system maintenance and energy expenditure. A shift to focus on employee satisfaction, productivity and engagement in the workplace has helped invigorate a discussion around how indoor air quality, thermal comfort, lighting and other space attributes affect an individual’s health and cognitive performance.

There is a renewed focus on optimizing the experience for building occupants, aka “people,” who inhabit the built environment. The WELL Building Standard is bringing these concerns to the forefront of design and construction in a new and exciting way, enabling owners to measure the results of a healthy building and highlight the true benefit to their occupants.

Join us to learn how design teams established innovative design solutions to achieve wellness goals while also addressing energy efficiency. A structured discussion will lead attendees through three case studies led by each presenter exploring how each organization uniquely sought to use their own offices as a laboratories to achieve this balance.  . Presenters will discuss challenges, opportunities and benefits.  

Learning Objectives:

Explain methodologies that evaluate new designs that prioritize occupant health and wellbeing while minimizing building energy usage.

Identify how the requirements of features such as the Ventilation Effectiveness feature in WELL version 1 make achieving both air quality and energy efficiency goals difficult, and how to overcome it.

Identify how the requirements of features such as the Thermal Comfort feature in WELL version 1 make achieving both occupant comfort and energy efficiency a challenge and how to overcome them.

Discuss how the Air Quality Monitoring and Feedback credit is an opportunity to measure and track air quality performance and comfort of occupants that goes outside traditional building design.

Learning Level:

Level 300 – Application/Implementation


GBCI Credit Hours:
AIA Credit Hours:
LEED Specific:
WELL Specific
Well/LEED Specific:
WELL Specific

Event Type: Education Sessions > Session