WELL Addenda

WELL ADDENDA

Review the complete list of addenda changes made to the WELL Building Standard.

Feature 11: Fundamental material safety

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 29 May, 2018

Products certified under Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) FFFMv3.0-2017, Furniture, Fittings, Foam and Mattresses (Level A) are considered to meet the lead and asbestos restrictions of Feature 11 Part 1.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 28 May, 2018

European Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS II) has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 11, Parts 5a and 5b, for Europe. Note that high-pressure sodium lamps must still meet the requirements set in LEED v4 PBT source reduction - mercury credit.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 15 Apr, 2018

Products certified under Good Environmental Choice Australia Floor Coverings (GECA 25-2011 v2i) are considered to meet the toxic material reduction restrictions of Feature 11 Part 1.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 19 Mar, 2018

OSHA 29 CFR 1926.62 has not been deemed equivalent to EPA 40 CFR Part 745.227 for the requirements of Feature 11, Part 2. Note while the acceptable work practices are similar between the two standards, OSHA 29 CFR 1926.62 does not establish determinations for all lead-related hazards to an occupant beyond the potential exposure of a construction employee.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 20 Feb, 2018

AFRDI Standard 150 has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 11, Part 1.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 06 Nov, 2017

ProPECC2/97, when used in combination with the Hong Kong EPD’s Code of Practice on Asbestos Control protocol and a post clearance test, has been accepted as an alternative to the requirements of Feature 11 Part 3.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 05 Oct, 2017

PCB directive NRW- RdErl. d. Ministry of construction and housing v. 3.7.1996 - II B 4 - 476.101 has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 11 Part 4a.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 05 Oct, 2017

The Dutch Working Conditions Legislation (including the Decree, Act, and Regulation) has been approved as an alternative to AHERA for Feature 11, Part 3. Note that projects must maintain a copy of the records produced by the asbestos investigator/abatement contractor, which should be made available to the building occupants.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 22 Sep, 2017

S.I. 386/2006, 589/2010, and 291/2013 have been accepted as an equivalent for AHERA and 40 CFR part 763 of Feature 11 Part 3. Note that inspection by an accredited professional is conducted every three years.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 21 Aug, 2017

Asbestos inspection every three years through an agency/lab accredited by the 'National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), India' has been accepted as an alternative to the requirements of Feature 11 Part 3a.
An on-site investigation of the commercial space conducted by an agency/lab accredited by the 'National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), India', has been accepted as an alternative to the requirements of Feature 11 Part 2a. Note that projects must maintain a copy of the records produced by the asbestos investigator/abatement contractor, which should be made available to the building occupants.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 17 Jan, 2017

The New York Department of Environmental Protection Asbestos Control Program and Asbestos Rules and Regulations has been approved as an equivalent to AHERA for Feature 11, Part 3.
Note that projects must maintain a copy of the records produced by the asbestos investigator/abatement contractor, which should be made available to the building occupants.


Feature 12: Moisture management

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 15 Oct, 2019

The Swedish industry standard ByggaF has been deemed acceptable for the requirements of Feature 12: Moisture Management Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 for Sweden.
Note that the documentation generated upon following the methodology outlined in ByggaF must be submitted in English during the documentation phase.


Feature 15: Increased ventilation

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 05 Feb, 2018

CIBSE Guide A is not accepted as an alternative to the requirements of Feature 15 Part 1. Note that the ventilation rates specified are generally not 30% above those required in ASHRAE 62.1-2013.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 27 Apr, 2017

CEN Standards EN 15251:2007 and EN 16798-3:2017 may be used in lieu of ASHRAE 62.1-2013 for Feature 15, Part 1. ​​​​

The project must meet Category I ​or II​ (described in Table 1)​ and must calculate the ventilation rate based on ​either of the below calculation methods​,​ referenced in EN 15251: 2007​, ​section B.1.3​ ""Method based on ventilation rate per person or per m² floor area​:"" ​
​1​) the addition of the ​occupant and building ​values ​(see section B.1.2).
2​) the highest value (maximum of the calculated value based on per person and the value based on per m² floor area from Table B.3).

​Additionally, the requirements of CEN Standard EN 15251-2007 must be met and the performance requirements of CEN Standard EN 16798-3:2017 related to ventilation and room conditioning systems must be met (excluding section 7.3, Thermal Environment; section 7.6, Acoustic Environment; section A.16; and section A.17).


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 24 Oct, 2016

AS 1668.2 may be used in lieu of ASHRAE 62.1 for Feature 15, Part 1. Note that projects that wish to comply with AS 1668.2 must increase ventilation by 50% rather than the 30% increase required when complying with ASHRAE 62.1.


Feature 16: Humidity control

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 04 Sep, 2017

ASHRAE 55 - Universal Comfort Zone has not been deemed acceptable as an equivalent method for the requirements of Feature 16 Part 1. ASHRAE 55 - Universal Comfort Zone includes a formula to calculate optimal interior relative humidity levels that may fall outside of the range specified in the WELL Building Standard.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 21 Aug, 2017

Projects situated in countries where local or regional standards do not pose strict requirements for relative humidity control (e.g. EN-15251) cannot earn points by not complying with the requirements of Feature 16, Part 1. Projects without dehumidification or humidification systems may earn points through Part 1b.


Feature 17: Direct source ventilation

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 29 May, 2018

Eco Mark No. 155 has been accepted as an equivalent to the low-emission criteria for printers and copiers for Feature 17, Part 1. Note that this equivalency may only be used for projects in Japan.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 21 Aug, 2017

Low emission criteria of EPEAT has been accepted as an alternative to Ecologo CCD 035, Blue Angel RAL- UZ 171 or Green Star in Feature 17 Part 1.


Feature 21: Displacement ventilation

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 21 Aug, 2017

REHVA Guidebook No. 1 (Displacement Ventilation in non-industrial premises) may be used in lieu of the System Performance Evaluation and ASHRAE Guidelines RP-949 for Feature 21, Part 1.


Feature 24: Combustion minimization

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 20 Oct, 2017

China's GB 6932-2015 Domestic gas instantaneous water heater, Class 5 has been approved for Feature 24 Part 2.
While the the testing protocols for humidity and oxygen in GB 6932-2015 for humidity and oxygen percentage differ from those in California's South Coast Air Quality Management District rule 1121, Class 5 is currently deemed best within China.
This equivalency may only be used for projects in China.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 21 Aug, 2017

The emission standards of Central Pollution Control Board (Government of India) has been accepted as an alternative for California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District rules for pollution in Feature 24 Part 2.
However, combustion equipment for which there are no CPCB emission standards must meet California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District rules for pollution.
This equivalency may only be used for projects in India.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 21 Aug, 2017

The following diesel emission standards are acceptable alternatives to the requirements of Feature 24 Part 4:
Bharat Stage III for non-road vehicles (Requirement a).
Bharat Stage III or IV for on-road vehicles (Requirement b).
These equivalencies may be only be used for projects in India.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 07 Apr, 2017

The following equivalencies have been approved for Feature 24 Part 4:
1. Euro Stage IIIA, US Tier 3 and 2, Japan MoE standards for non-road diesel engine vehicles (Requirement a).
2. Euro V (2012) standard for on road diesel engine vehicles (requirement b).
These standards allow emission levels exceeding those required in US Tier 4 and US EPA 2007 but are currently deemed best in class within Hong Kong at this time.
These equivalencies may only be used for projects in Hong Kong.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 20 Mar, 2017

The following European local emission standards have been approved as an acceptable equivalent for Feature 24, Part 4:
1. European Stage IV standard for non-road diesel engine vehicles or the use of non-road diesel engine vehicles equipped with diesel particulate filters (DPF).
2. Euro VI emission standards for on-road engine vehicles or the use of on-road diesel engine vehicles equipped with diesel particulate filters (DPF).


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 17 Jan, 2017

The following standards have been approved as an acceptable alternative for F24, Part 4:
1. China standard GB20891-2014 for non-road diesel engine vehicles
2. China standard GB17691-2005 for passenger vehicles and heavy duty trucks
Note that that NOx limits in the China standards are higher then US EPA limits.
This Equivalency may only be used for projects in China.


Feature 25: Toxic material reduction

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 29 May, 2018

Global GreenTag Standard v4.0 and PhD Methodology have not been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 25 Part 2, 3, 4 and 5.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 29 May, 2018

Products certified under Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) Furniture & Fittings (Level B) (FF v3.0-2017) standard have not been accepted as alternatives for the requirements of Feature 25 Part 3.
Note that this GECA standard does not account for all the phthalates stated in this requirement.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 29 May, 2018

Products certified under the Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) Furniture & Fittings (Level B) (FF v3.0-2017) standard are considered to meet the toxic material reduction restrictions of Feature 25 Part 1, 2 and 5.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 29 May, 2018

Global GreenTag Standard v4.0 and PhD Methodology have been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 25 Part 1.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 29 May, 2018

Products certified under the Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) Furniture, Fittings, Foam and Mattresses (Level A) (FFF&M v3.0-2017) standard are considered to meet the toxic material reduction restrictions of Feature 25 Part 1, 2, 3 and 5.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 15 Apr, 2018

Products certified under Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) Floor Coverings (GECA 25-2011 v2i) standard are considered to meet the toxic material reduction restrictions of Feature 25, Parts 2 and 3.


Feature 26: Enhanced material safety

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 29 May, 2018

The Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) Furniture & Fittings, Foam & Mattresses (Level A) (FFF&M v3.0-2017) standard has not been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 26 Part 1. Note that while most LBC Red List substances are prohibited in the GECA Furniture Level A standard, the GECA Furniture Level A standard allows products that contain formaldehyde-based additives subject to a certain air emissions limit, whereas the Red List prohibits the use of added formaldehyde (Section 4.1 Criterion 13).


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 29 May, 2018

The Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) Furniture & Fittings, Foam & Mattresses (Level B) (FFF&M v3.0-2017) standard has not been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 26 Part 1. Note that while most LBC Red List substances are prohibited in the GECA Furniture Level B standard, the GECA Furniture Level A standard allows products that contain formaldehyde-based additives subject to a certain air emissions limit, whereas the Red List prohibits the use of added formaldehyde (Section 4.1 Criterion 13).


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 16 Nov, 2017

The Global GreenTag Standard v4.0 and PhD Methodology are accepted as an alternative to the requirements for Feature 26 Part 1.


Feature 30: Fundamental water quality

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 17 Oct, 2018

ISO 7027-1:2016 has been accepted as an alternative for the Performance Verification testing equipment and method requirements of Feature 30, Part 1.
Please note that ISO 7027-compliant devices must be capable of displaying results in NTU and all results must be reported in NTU.
Also note that this equivalency does not authorize project teams to select, request, or dispute the specific testing methodology used during performance testing for a project.


Feature 36: Water treatment

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 05 Jun, 2019

Hong Kong's Code of Practice for Prevention of Legionnaires’ Disease has been accepted as an equivalent for ASHRAE 188-2015 of Feature 36 Part 5.


Feature 40: Food allergies

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 06 May, 2018

The Japanese Allergen Labelling regulations (Cabinet Office Ordinance No. 45, 2011; Cabinet Office Ordinance No. 46 of 2011; and Notification No. 71 of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in 2001) may be used to comply with the requirements of Feature 40. Please note that projects must label, at minimum, the mandatory allergens for all foods and beverages (packaged and non-packaged). Projects must still submit all applicable documentation to comply with this Feature and will also be subject to a spot check during the Performance Verification to verify compliance.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 21 Aug, 2017

The definition of gluten by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India's (FSSAI) 'Standards for gluten free food and low gluten food and their labelling requirements' may be used.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 17 Jan, 2017

The Hong Kong Food and Drugs Composition and Labeling Regulations are accepted as an alternative to the requirements of Feature 40. The project will need to label all foods (rather than only cereals) that contain gluten in order to comply with WELL. Note that projects must still submit all applicable documentation to comply with this Feature, and will also be subject to a spot check or visual inspection during the Performance Verification to verify compliance.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 24 Oct, 2016

The EU Regulation No 1169/2011 is an acceptable alternative to the requirements of Feature 40. Note that projects must still submit all applicable documentation to comply with this Feature, and will also be subject to a spot check or visual inspection during the Performance Verification to verify compliance. Freshly prepared food also needs to comply with the labelling requirements.


Feature 41: Hand washing

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 29 May, 2018

The Global GreenTag Standard v4.0 and PhD Methodology are not accepted as alternatives for the requirements of Feature 41 Part 1 because the requirements of GreenTag do not match those of these WELL features.


Feature 43: Artificial ingredients

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 26 Jul, 2017

The EU Regulation No 1169/2011 may be used to comply with the requirements of Feature 43 regarding labeling for artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners. Note that projects must still submit all applicable documentation to comply with this Feature, and will also be subject to a spot check or visual inspection during the Performance Verification to verify compliance. Freshly prepared food also needs to comply with the labelling requirements.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 17 Jan, 2017

The China Standards ‘General Rules for Pre-packaged Food Labeling’ (GB7718--2011) and ‘Standard for the Use of Food Additives’ (GB2760-2014) have been approved as acceptable alternatives for F43.
Note that projects must provide signage that clearly indicates: "The following additives have not been evaluated - brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, monosodium glutamate (MSG), hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), and sulfite.”


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 17 Jan, 2017

The Hong Kong Food and Drugs Composition and Labeling Regulations may be used to partially comply with requirements of Feature 43. The project must label monosodium glutamate (MSG), hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite, and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), (rather than only listing ingredients as flavors or preservatives), in order to comply with WELL. Note that projects must still submit all applicable documentation to comply with these Features, and will also be subject to a spot check or visual inspection during the Performance Verification to verify compliance.


Feature 44: Nutritional information

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 17 Oct, 2018

The Nutrition Labeling Standard under the Health Promotion Act issued by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 44, Part 1 for Japan. Note that projects must still submit all applicable documentation to comply with these Features and will also be subject to a spot check or visual inspection during the Performance Verification to verify compliance. Projects must label the nutritional information outlined in the Nutrition Labeling Standard under the Health Promotion Act for all non-packaged and packaged foods.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 05 Jul, 2018

The Food Standards Code Australia and New Zealand may be used to comply with the requirements of Feature 44 Part 1. Note that projects must still submit all applicable documentation to comply with these Features, and will also be subject to a spot check or visual inspection during the Performance Verification to verify compliance.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 30 May, 2018

The Hong Kong Food and Drugs Composition and Labeling Regulations are accepted as an alternative to the requirements of Feature 44. Note that projects must still submit all applicable documentation to comply with these Features, and will also be subject to a spot check or visual inspection during the Performance Verification to verify compliance.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 21 Aug, 2017

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India's (FSSAI) 'Food Safety and standards (Packaging and Labelling) regulation, 2011' may be used to comply with the requirements of Feature 44 Part 1. Projects must still submit all applicable documentation to comply with this feature, and will also be subject to a spot check or visual inspection during the Performance Verification to verify compliance.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 24 Oct, 2016

The EU Regulation No 1169/2011 is an acceptable alternative to the requirements of Feature 44. Note that projects must still submit all applicable documentation to comply with this Feature, and will also be subject to a spot check or visual inspection during the Performance Verification to verify compliance. Freshly prepared food also needs to comply with the labelling requirements.


Feature 49: Responsible food production

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 06 Sep, 2018

The Japanese Agricultural Standards (JAS) organic system has been accepted as an equivalent for the Federally Certified Organic program of Feature 49 Part 1a and 2b for projects in Japan.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 29 May, 2018

The European Union Organic Logo has been accepted as an alternative for the Federally Certified Organic labeling requirements of Feature 49 Part 1 and 2.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 29 May, 2018

Organizations approved by the Australian Department of Agriculture as organic certifying organizations against the National Standard for Organic and Bio-Dynamic Produce are accepted as an equivalent for the Federally Certified Organic program of Feature 49 Part 1a and 2b.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 20 Mar, 2018

Soil Association Organic Standards Farming and Growing v17.4 August 2016 has been accepted as an alternative to Federally Certified Organic for the requirements of Feature 49, Part 2. Note that this equivalency applies only to projects in the United Kingdom.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 20 Mar, 2018

Scoring a 3 out of 3 in accordance with the "Beter Life" label (Beter Leven keurmerk) has been accepted as an alternative for the Certified Human Labeling requirements of Feature 49 - Responsible Food Production, Part 2.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 21 Aug, 2017

"India Organic" certification by the APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Products Export Development Authority) per the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) standards has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 49 Part 1.


Feature 53: Visual lighting design

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 17 Jan, 2017

The China standard GB50034-2013 has been approved to meet the requirements of Feature 53 Part 1a.


Feature 55: Electric light glare control

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 24 Oct, 2016

The Unified Glare Rating (UGR) value may be used in lieu of the requirements of Feature 55 as written. Specifically, the recommendations in EN 12464-1 may be used in place of Part 1.


Feature 72: Accessible design

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 04 Apr, 2021

The Swiss standard SIA 500:2009 has been deemed acceptable for the requirements of Part 1 for Switzerland.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 03 Jul, 2019

The Italian Code for Accessibility DM 236, 14 June 1989 has been accepted as an equivalent for ISO 21542:2011 of Feature 72 Part 1.

Projects seeking to use this equivalency must meet the following requirements:
-Where present, water fountains must meet ISO guidelines.
-Ramps with a rise over 500 mm should have a slope below 5%.
-Signage must comply with ISO guidelines for universal signage. Visual, audible and tactile signage using familiar symbols should be present in the project.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 26 Apr, 2019

Decreto del Presidente della Provincia di Bolzano 9 Novembre 2009, n. 54 has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 72 Part 1 for South Tyrol, Italy.

Note that the Decreto del Presidente della Provincia di Bolzano 9 novembre 2009, n. 54 standard does not contain requirements for drinking fountains; as a result, projects with drinking fountains must comply with the associated requirements in ADA Standards for Accessible Design requirements.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 26 Apr, 2019

South Africa's National Building Regulations, Part S: Facilities for persons with disability (SANS 10400-S:2011 Edition 3) has been accepted as an equivalent for ADA Regulations of Feature 72 Part 1.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 29 May, 2018

Fukushino Machizukuri Johrei has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 72 Part 1 for Japan.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 29 May, 2018

Buildings without Barriers has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 72 Part 1 in Europe.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 26 Apr, 2018

The German standard Technical Rules for Workplaces: barrier-free design for workplaces ASR V3a.2 has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 72 Accessible Design, Part 1a - Accessibility and Usability for Germany. Note that the ASR V3a.2 standard does not contain requirements for restrooms and/or drinking fountains; as a result, projects with these components must comply with the associated ADA Standards for Accessible Design requirements.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 22 Mar, 2018

Code on Accessibility in the Built Environment has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 72. Note this is only applicable to projects in Singapore.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 05 Feb, 2018

The UK Building Regulation Part M for access to and use of buildings has been accepted as an equivalent for ADA Standards for Accessible Design of Feature 72 Part 1.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 05 Feb, 2018

The Decree of the Ministry for Regional Development of the Czech Republic No. 398/2009 Coll. on General Technical Requirements for Barrier-Free Usage of Construction has been accepted as an equivalent for ADA Standards for Accessible Design of Feature 72 Part 1.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 25 Oct, 2017

Boverket’s mandatory provisions and general recommendations (BBR), has been accepted as an equivalent for ADA Standards for Accessible Design of Feature 72 Part 1.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 20 Oct, 2017

The Indian codes for accessible design ISO 21542:2011 - Building Construction - Accessibility and Usability of the Built Environment, Appendix B "Anthropometrics and requirements for accessibility in built environment for elders and persons with disabilities" of Part 3, National Building Code of India, 2016, Vol. 1 and "Harmonised Guidelines and Space Standards for Barrier-Free Built Environment for persons with Disability and Elderly Persons, 2016 - Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India" have been accepted as alternatives for the American Disabilities Act (ADA) design regulations. Either code may be used by projects located in India.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 20 Oct, 2017

Irish Building Regulations TGD Part M has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 72 Part 1.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 07 Sep, 2017

The Canadian Standards Association’s (CSA) “Accessible Design for the Built Environment” (CSA B651-12) has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 72 Part 1 and 2. This equivalency may be used in Canada.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 31 Aug, 2017

The Taiwanese code for accessible design "Design Specifications of Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities" is an acceptable alternatives to the American Disabilities Act.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 26 Jul, 2017

The German DIN 18040:2010 Construction of accessible buildings - design principles is acceptable for Feature 72 Part 1a. Note, similarly to the application of the Americans with Disabiliites Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design to buildings in the US, the German code must apply to all types of buildings. Furthermore, all WELL buildings should be considered "accessible" buildings for the purposes of the code.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 27 Apr, 2017

Previously published as an AAP:
Projects may apply the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative region Building Department’s Barrier Free Access (BFA) Design Manual, 2008, in lieu of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 20 Mar, 2017

The Dutch Standard NEN 1814 is an acceptable equivalent to the American Disabilities Act (ADA) design regulations.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 20 Mar, 2017

The Chinese Code for Accessibility Design (GB50763-2012) is an acceptable equivalent to the American Disabilities Act (ADA) design regulations. Note, similarly to the application of the ADA to buildings in the US, the code must apply to all buildings. Furthermore, all WELL buildings should be considered ""accessible"" buildings for the purposes of the law.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 20 Mar, 2017

Previously published as an AAP:
The Alberta Building Code - Barrier-Free Design section 3.8 is an acceptable equivalent to the American Disabilities Act (ADA) design regulations.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 24 Oct, 2016

The Codi d´Accesibilitat de Catalunya is an acceptable equivalent to the American Disabilities Act (ADA) design regulations. Note, similarly to the application of the ADA to buildings in the US, the code must apply to all buildings. Furthermore, all WELL buildings should be considered "accessible" building for the purposes of the law.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 24 Oct, 2016

The Australian Disability Discrimination Act is an acceptable equivalent to the American Disabilities Act (ADA) design regulations. Note, similarly to the application of the ADA to buildings in the US, the Australian Disability Discrimination Act must apply to all buildings. Furthermore, all WELL buildings should be considered "accessible" building for the purposes of the code.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 24 Oct, 2016

The French Law regarding PMRs or 'personnes à mobilité réduite' (French Decree No 2006-555 of 17 May 2006, or the latest adoption in effect at the project's registration date) is an acceptable equivalent to the American Disabilities Act (ADA) design regulations. Note, similarly to the application of the ADA to buildings in the US, the code must apply to all buildings. Furthermore, all WELL buildings should be considered "accessible" building for the purposes of the law.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 24 Oct, 2016

The Dutch Integral Accessibility Standard is an accepted equivalent for the American Disabilities Act (ADA) design regulations. Note, similarly to the application of the ADA to buildings in the US, the Dutch Integral Accessibility Standard must apply to all buildings. Furthermore, all WELL buildings should be considered "accessible" building for the purposes of the code.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 24 Oct, 2016

The Madrid Technical Building Code for Accessibility is an accepted equivalent for the American Disabilities Act (ADA) design regulations. Note, similarly to the application of the ADA to buildings in the US, the Madrid Technical Building Code for Accessibility must apply to all buildings. Furthermore, all WELL buildings should be considered "accessible" building for the purposes of the code.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 24 Oct, 2016

The Building Requirements for Persons with Disabilities from British Columbia Building Code has been deemed equivalent to the ADA for Feature 72. Note, similarly to the application of the ADA to buildings in the US, the BC Building Code must apply to all buildings. Furthermore, all WELL buildings should be considered "accessible" building for the purposes of the code.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 23 May, 2016

Hong Kong's Barrier Free Access is an acceptable equivalent to the American Disabilities Act (ADA) design regulations. Note, similarly to the application of the ADA to buildings in the US, the code must apply to all buildings. Furthermore, all WELL buildings should be considered ""accessible"" building for the purposes of the code.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 06 May, 2016

Projects in Canada may utilize the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), as amended January 1, 2015, as an equivalent local standard to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 06 May, 2016

The UK Part M Volume 2 Standard (Buildings other than dwellings) may be used lieu of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design as long as the following additional requirements are met:

1. Signage adheres to the requirements of BS 8300: Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disables people, as referenced within the Part M Volume 2 Standard.
2. Drinking fountains adhere to the requirements of ADA Standards for Accessible Design, Sections 211 and 602 for Drinking Fountains.


Feature 73: Ergonomics: visual and physical

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 21 Aug, 2017

IS 3663: 1991 - 'Dimensions of Tables and Chairs for Office Purposes (Second Revision)' has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 73 Part 3


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 21 Aug, 2017

Code NPR 1813 has been accepted as an alternative to HFES 100 for the requirements of Feature 73 Part 3.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 17 Jul, 2017

The European Standard EN-1335 and Dutch Standard NEN 1812, Type A and Type B only, have been approved as acceptable alternatives to HFES 100. Please note EN-1335 Type C has not been approved as an acceptable alternative.


Feature 74: Exterior noise intrusion

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 06 Jun, 2018

Building Bulletin 93 (BB93) 2015 has been approved as an acceptable method for spaces within education buildings to comply with Feature 74, Part 4 for projects in the United Kingdom. Note that Table 1 of BB93 also includes noise level limits for administration and ancillary spaces and states that “Where a type of room is not listed, the nearest approximation should be used."


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 17 Jan, 2017

The Code for Design of Sound Insulation of Civil Buildings’ (B50118-2010) and ‘Environmental Quality Standard for Noise’ (GB3096-2008) have been approved an acceptable method to comply with F74.


Feature 75: Internally generated noise

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 07 Jun, 2018

Building Bulletin 93 (BB93) 2015 has not been accepted as an equivalent for the requirements of Feature 75, Part 6. Specifically, the requirements are performance-based but do not specifically require compliance with a standard to which BB93 may be compared.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 29 May, 2018

NEN 5077:2006 has not been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 75 Part 2. Note that the requirements of Feature 75 list specific noise criteria requirements for space types whereas NEN-EN 5077:2006 takes into account an averaged sound pressure level measurement of a space but does not correlate this result to a noise criteria element specific to space type.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 20 Oct, 2017

NEN-EN 15251: 2007 has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 75 Part 2.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 21 Aug, 2017

NEN-EN 15251:2007 has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 75 Part 2.


Feature 76: Thermal comfort

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 11 May, 2018

Singapore Standard SS 554:2016 has not been accepted as an equivalent for ASHRAE 55-2013 of Feature 76. SS 554 does not appear to directly address metabolic rate or clothing insulation assumptions. Further, the submitted comfort analyses do not confirm that the design criteria listed in Table 1 meet ASHRAE 55-2013 requirements because the metabolic rate assumptions are inconsistent. Lastly, SS 554 does not appear to include design requirements because the limits listed in Table 1 are classified as recommended and are only referenced relative to audits of existing environments.
Please note that SS 554 Table 1 recommends using ISO 7730 as the analytical method for all thermal comfort parameters and ISO 7730 is already an approved equivalent. Please also note that it is acceptable for the project team to bring on another individual with experience using ASHRAE standards to verify design compliance and sign the LOA (e.g. as a peer review), if they wish and/or the engineer of record is unable to do so.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 26 Jul, 2017

Previously published as AAP:
ISO 7730:2005 and/or CEN Standard EN 15251:2007 may be used in lieu of ASHRAE 55-2003 Sections 5.3 and 5.4. The requirements of these standards must be met in all spaces, rather than 75% of regularly occupied spaces in the project. When selecting either ISO 7730:2005 or CEN Standard EN 15251:2007, the most appropriate standard must be selected for the space. Note that some naturally ventilated spaces may not qualify to use CEN Standard EN 15251:2007 if certain criteria are not met.

In addition, when utilizing CEN Standard EN 15251:2007, the project must comply with either Category I or Category II as described in Table A.1 of the standard in order to be within +/- 0.5 of the PMV for the space.


Feature 79: Sound masking

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 04 Dec, 2017

AS/NZS 2107:2016 has been accepted as an alternative to the sound masking level requirements in Feature 79 Part 2. Note that Private Office and Open Workspace sound masking levels must fall within the background noise criteria ranges in Table 1 of AS/NZS 2107:2016. This equivalency applies only to projects in Australia and New Zealand.


Feature 80: Sound reducing surfaces

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 16 Mar, 2018

Alpha W (αw) has been accepted as an equivalent to the Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) requirements of Feature 80 – Sound Reducing Surfaces, Parts 1-3.

Note that Alpha W is, like NRC, a single number metric for sound absorption that ranges from 0.00 to 1.00 and represents the average absorption coefficient of a given material across 125 Hz to 4 kHz, while NRC is a metric based on absorptive coefficients of a given material across 250 Hz to 2 kHz.