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The WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) was once again top of the agenda and generating a significant amount of interest at a seminar last week which attracted a range of stakeholders from across the commercial building sector.  This new system for measuring, certifying and monitoring the performance of building features that impact health and wellbeing is very much in its infancy, however there was a palpable buzz amongst attendees at the Healthy Buildings Conference.

Sceptics among us might say that we don’t need another building standard, but when you consider that we spend over 90% of our time indoors, it would seem prudent that the physical places where we live, work and play should be built for health and wellness. The WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) is the first building standard to focus on just that – the health and wellness of the people in buildings – and is set to become the benchmark across the globe.

Last week the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), along with RESETBRE and the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) announced a joint agreement to work together to develop a coordinated set of global standards and guidelines for indoor and outdoor environmental monitoring systems and sensors. Whilst at face value this might not sound like a big step, it is in fact a huge step and one that shows that genuine collaboration and sharing of resources, knowledge and connections can facilitate change.

It’s a dilemma faced by all school-leavers and is one of the most important decisions of their lives – what to do next? They stand at the crossroads to their future, not knowing whether to take on the financial burden of three years at college or university, go straight into a job or look at a delay tactic such as a gap year. There is of course another option and one that is increasingly becoming a popular choice with over 900,000 people across the UK – an apprenticeship where they can earn while they learn.