The WELL Building Standard Workshop


Thu April 22, 2021, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Education (Chapter)


The WELL Building Standard Workshop

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 4:30pm Eastern (Sign-in starts at 12.50pm)
Location: Online

Course Description

This half-day introductory workshop will introduce broad audiences to the WELL Building Standard, including its key processes. The organization and development of the WELL Building Standard is presented in the context of the healthy buildings movement. Key public health research is discussed to provide the basis for the seven WELL Concepts, and some research on the value of WELL is discussed in conclusion. The process for developing Alternative Adherence Paths are discussed in the context of a scenario, as well as procedures for seeking equivalencies, using Crosswalks, and developing innovations. 

Learning Objectives

1. Explain the intent of each WELL Concept and identify key public health issues that underpin them
2. Summarize the five-step process to develop an alternative adherence path
3. Outline how to access and use Crosswalks
The CaGBC provides all course materials digitally. You will receive access to the materials one day prior to the delivery of this course.

About WELL

WELL is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. It marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research – harnessing the built environment as a vehicle to support human health and wellbeing.
WELL is grounded in a body of medical research that explores the connection between the buildings where we spend more than 90 percent of our time and the health and wellness impacts on us as occupants. WELL Certified spaces and WELL Core and Shell Compliant developments can help create a built environment that improves the nutrition, fitness, mood, sleep patterns and performance of its occupants. Certification allows building owners and employers to know that their space is performing as intended to support human health and wellness. 
WELL is administered by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI).


Sandra Dedesko (MASc, EIT, WELL AP, WELL PTA, WELL Faculty, WELL Advisor)
PhD Candidate, Harvard School of Public Health.

Sandra specializes in high-performance buildings that promote occupant health and environmental sustainability. She has international consulting experience on this topic, including LEED, WELL, and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) projects in North America, as well as NABERS and indoor air quality assessments in Australia and Asia. Sandra has extensive experience in academic research and was involved with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Healthy Homes research initiative through the University of Texas at Austin, as well as the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Microbiology of the Built Environment projects through the University of Toronto, which both involved novel approaches to investigating the effects of building design and operation on IEQ and occupant health and wellbeing. This work resulted in multiple peer-reviewed publications and continuing periodic review roles for academic journals. Sandra is currently a Sustainability Consultant at RWDI where she works on a diverse range of projects that include improving indoor environmental quality, assessing building resilience to climate change, evaluating embodied and operating carbon, policy consulting, and building certification. She continues to be involved with developing and delivering education through various organizations, including the University of Toronto, the CaGBC, and the IWBI.





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*Early bird discount closes two weeks prior to the workshop, on April 8th, 2021.




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