The Green Building Council of Australia has announced a new partnership with the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI).
The two organisations will work collaboratively to promote health and wellbeing in the design, construction and operations of buildings, fit-outs and communities in Australia.
The GBCA launched the Green Star rating system in 2003, and has since certified more than 1050 buildings, communities and fitouts throughout Australia.
IWBI administers the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL), a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.
The new partnership was announced at the Green Cities 2016 conference in Sydney, after the GCA and IWBI signed a memorandum of understanding outlining their commitment to work towards common goals.
The two firms hope to align the two rating systems, develop events and education offerings, and promote building practices that improve the health and well-being of occupants.
Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), which provides third-party certification for the WELL Building Standard, will also support efforts to promote and deliver WELL across Australia.
GBCA’s chief executive, Romilly Madew, said the partnership was spurred by the need to address the social and economic impact of buildings, as well as the environmental.
“Green Star’s focus on indoor environmental quality provides a critical foundation for human health and wellbeing – one which WELL enhances through its dedicated focus on evidence-based medical and scientific research and measurable performance,” said Madew.
“We are excited to be joining forces with IWBI to elevate the focus on buildings that are efficient, productive and healthy for the people who live and work in them.”
IWBI founder Paul Scialla said the collaboration will help grow the healthy building movement by bringing health and wellness into Australia’s indoor environments.
“With this agreement, we see tremendous opportunity for the wellness, sustainability and real estate communities in Australia to come together to support human health through the buildings where we spend more than 90 per cent of our time.”