IWBI Named to Fast Company’s Annual List of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019

–WELL continues meteoric uptake, now boasts more than 300 million
square feet of registered and certified space in 48 countries and
counting

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/WeAreWELL?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#WeAreWELLlt;/agt;–The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) has been named to Fast
Company’s
World’s Most Innovative Companies roster, carrying last
year’s momentum around WELL full force into 2019. The list honors
businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and culture.
IWBI leads the global movement to transform our buildings and
communities to help deliver health and wellbeing for all.

“In 2018, we launched WELL v2, stood up the Portfolio program for
existing buildings, expanded our geographic footprint, and crossed some
big adoption milestones across industries and sectors,” said IWBI
Chairman and CEO Rick Fedrizzi. “That success is built firmly on an
internal culture of innovation – in our product, in our delivery model,
and in how we engage with our customers. To be named No. 6 in the
wellness category on a list that includes leaders like Peloton and
Parsley Health is humbling and gratifying.”

Fedrizzi noted that in 2018, IWBI registered more than 134 million
square feet, which is 108% growth over 2017. Of this, almost half came
from portfolios and returning clients, with the rest being individual
projects. “In 2018, we supported 82 projects through to certification,
which is a 78% increase over 2017. Certified square footage has grown
203% over 2017,” Fedrizzi said.

Some notable WELL certifications in 2018 included:

  • Multiple WELL Interior certifications within WELL Core & Shell
    buildings
  • First certified warehouse (Prologis)
  • First certified project in India (Citi)
  • First certified coworking project (Workbar)
  • Major end-user clients

    • Finance: Wells Fargo, TD Bank, AEW Capital Management and Citi
    • Consulting: EY and Deloitte
    • Tech: Lenovo
    • Entertainment: Fandango
    • Hospitality: Hyatt

“Our amazing WELL AP community gets a lot of the credit for our
continued uptake,” said Fedrizzi. “Today we have more than 7,500 WELL
APs and aspirants across the globe, and the launch of WELL v2 has
inspired many people to step up to the rigor and the rewards of this
level of engagement with WELL.”

Fedrizzi noted that what sets WELL apart is its requirement for
performance testing. “We evaluate more than 60 performance indicators,
requiring over 20 tests and using more than 10 pieces of equipment to
actually verify the performance of your space. Leaders don’t want to
guess – they need to know.

“With the launch of WELL v2, which we built alongside our customers,
with the Portfolio program underway with almost 30 global participants,
new marketing and sales tools, inspiring educational content, new
research and ROI data and a reimagined WELL project platform that
delivers value as soon as a project enters into the system, we’re
looking forward to continued growth,” said Fedrizzi. “More importantly,
we’re excited to be the catalyst for a second wave of sustainability
built on human health and wellness through buildings that help people
thrive.”

About IWBI and WELL
The International WELL Building
Institute™ (IWBI™) is leading the global movement to transform our
buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive. The WELL v2™
Pilot is a recently launched version of its popular WELL Building
Standard™ (WELL™), and the WELL Community Standard™ pilot is a district
scale rating system that sets a new global benchmark for healthy
communities. WELL is focused exclusively on the ways that buildings and
communities, and everything in them, can improve our comfort, drive
better choices and generally enhance, not compromise, our health and
wellness. IWBI convenes and mobilizes the wellness real estate community
through management of the WELL AP™ credential, the pursuit of applicable
research, the development of educational resources and advocacy for
policies that promote health and wellness everywhere. For more
information about IWBI and WELL, please visit
us here
.

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Contacts

Jamie Matos
jamie.matos@wellcertified.com

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