WELL Addenda

WELL ADDENDA

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

Feature 3: Ventilation effectiveness

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 30 Nov, 2018

UK Building Regulations Part F has been accepted as an equivalent for ASHRAE 62.2-2013 of Feature 03, Part 4a for supply air ventilation requirements in the United Kingdom. Please note that the extraction rates for kitchen and toilet exhaust must still meet the ASHRAE 62.2-2013 requirements.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 29 May, 2018

A thermal comfort survey has not been accepted as an equivalent for the requirements of Feature 03 Part 3. Note that the intent of Feature 03 is to ensure adequate ventilation and high indoor air quality. Additionally, the reference standard for this feature is ASHRAE 62.1-2013: Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, not ASHRAE 55-2013.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 29 May, 2018

ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2007 has not been accepted as an equivalent for the requirements of Feature 03 Part 1 and 3. Note that the ventilation requirements for all space types are not equivalent between ASHRAE Standard 62.1 versions 2007 and 2013. Therefore, these reference standards cannot be considered equivalent for all projects.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 11 May, 2018

Singapore SS 553:2016 CP Standard has not been accepted as an equivalent for ASHRAE 62.1-2013 of Feature 03. SS 553 Table 1 does not address all applicable and expected space types within an office occupancy. Note also that all Equivalencies are precedent-setting meaning that review of potential equivalent standards or codes cannot be conducted on a project-specific basis. Equivalency proposals must address the variety of project and space types present in the original code or standard. Further, in some cases, the ventilation rates listed in SS 553 Table 1 appear to be less than the default ventilation rates listed in ASHRAE 62.1-2013 Table 6.2.2.1 for the same occupancy types.
Please 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: 05 Feb, 2018

CIBSE Guide A has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements in ASHRAE 62.1 2013 for Feature 3 Part 1


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 20 Mar, 2017

EN 13779, section A. 15. 2, Table A.10 may be used to comply with Feature 03, Part 2. Note, projects must adhere to Indoor Air Category IDA 1 or 2.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 24 Oct, 2016

CEN Standards EN 15251:2007 and EN 13779:2007 may be used in lieu of ASHRAE 62.1-2013 for Feature 03, Part 1.

The requirements of CEN Standard EN 15251-2007 must be met AND the performance requirements of CEN Standard EN 13779:2007 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).

Projects must meet Category I or II as described in the standards.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 24 Oct, 2016

AS 1668.2 may be used in lieu of ASHRAE 62.1 for Feature 3, Part 1: Ventilation Design. Note that all projects that wish to comply with AS 1668.2 must assume a minimum density of 16 m² per person.


Feature 73: Ventilation effectiveness

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 28 Mar, 2018

Singapore SS 553 (2016) CP Standard has not been accepted as an equivalent for ASHRAE 62.1-2013 of Feature 03. Note the building/occupancy types indicated in the Outdoor Air Supply Requirements (Table 1) is not sufficient to cover all buildings and space types for all projects in Singapore.


Feature 4: VOC reduction

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 13 Jun, 2018

Natureplus has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of CDPH Standard Method v1.1-2010 (or later) Feature 04 Part 1, 2, 3 and 4. Note that projects must adhere to the minimum formaldehyde requirement specified in the CDPH Standard Method v1.1-2010 (or later) for VOC emissions.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 29 May, 2018

The Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) Adhesives, Fillers and Sealants (AFSv4.0i-2014) has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 04 Part 2a.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 29 May, 2018

Headspace GC/MS has not been accepted as an equivalent for the requirements of Feature 04 Part 4. The Headspace method does not test for all VOCs that are limited by CDPH v1.1 2010. Note that the Headspace GC/MS method does test for individual VOCs but does not test for as many VOCs as required by CDPH v1.1 2010, including formaldehyde.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 29 May, 2018

The Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) Building Insulation Materials (BIMv2.0-2017) has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 04 Part 4.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 29 May, 2018

The level© certification has been accepted as an alternative to the ANSI/BIFMA e3-2011 Furniture Sustainability Standard sections 7.6.1 and 7.6.2, tested in accordance with ANSI/BIFMA Standard Method M7.1-2011, requirements of Feature 04. Note that section 7.6 Low Emitting Furniture credits (7.6.1 and 7.6.2) from level© certification must be achieved.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 29 May, 2018

GreenGuard Gold has been accepted as an equivalent for California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Standard Method v1.1-2010 of Feature 04 Part 3 (or later).


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 29 May, 2018

NEN-EN-ISO 17895 has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 04 Parts 1 and 2. Note that while NEN-EN-ISO 17895 is acceptable for determining VOC content, the products must adhere to the VOC limits set forth in CARB 2007, Suggested Control Measures (SCM) for Architectural Coatings, or South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Rule 1113 and Rule 1168.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 29 May, 2018

The Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) Paints and Coatings PCv2.2iii-2012 has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 04 Part 1.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 18 May, 2018

The IS:13745-1993 testing method has not been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of CDPH Standard Method v1.1-2010 (or later) of Feature 04 Part 5 for projects in India. E1 class (EN 13986:2004) is an accepted alternative for the requirements of Feature 04 Part 5 for furniture substrates, although only for products aligned with protocols accepted under EN 13986:2004 for Europe.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 26 Apr, 2018

The Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) Floor Coverings issued July 2017 has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 04, Part 3.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 12 Apr, 2018

Formaldehyde E1 class has been accepted as an alternative to the requirements of Feature 04, Part 5 for furniture substrates. Note that this is only acceptable for projects in Europe.
Also note that the Formaldehyde E1 class is the Option 1 performance requirement for wood panels listed within BREEAM UK New Construction: Hea 02 Indoor Air Quality. Please refer to the previously approved EP on 07 April 2017 (http://standard.wellcertified.com/air/voc-reduction?page=3&view=equivalency) for additional information on Hea 02 Indoor Air Quality.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 03 Apr, 2018

TÜV Rheinland LGA testing standard 2011 has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 04, Part 5. Note that this equivalency may only be used for workstation cabinetry for projects in Europe.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 03 Apr, 2018

CertiPUR has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 04, Part 5. Note this only applies to projects in Europe, specific to polyurthane foam used in bedding and upholstered furniture. This Equivalency does not cover any other furniture or furnishing components except for the polyurethane foam. All other non-foam components of installed furniture must be separately tested and held to the limits specified in ANSI/BIFMA e3-2011 section 7.6.1 and 7.6.2, or other relevant, equivalent standard.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 26 Mar, 2018

RAL-GZ-430 has not been accepted as an equivalent for the ANSI/BIFMA e3-2011 Furniture Sustainability Standard sections 7.6.1 and 7.6.2, of Feature 04, Part 5.
Note that RAL-GZ-430 does not identify a comparable requirement for TVOC and 4-Phenylcyclohexene emissions for workstations and seating. Additionally, for cupboard furniture and upholstered furniture, the formaldehyde emissions threshold indicated in RAL-GZ-430 is significantly higher than that mandated by CDPH.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 23 Mar, 2018

CertiPUR/EUROPUR has been accepted as an alternative to the requirements of Feature 04, Part 5, specific to polyurethane foam used in bedding and upholstered furniture. This Equivalency does not cover any other furniture and furnishing components except for the polyurethane foam.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 20 Mar, 2018

Blue Angel (Blauer Engel) is approved as an acceptable equivalent to the requirements of Feature 04, Part 5. However, please note that projects must still adhere to the formaldehyde requirements specified in ANSI/BIFMA e3-2011 Furniture Sustainability Standard.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 15 Mar, 2018

Formaldehyde E1 class has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of CDPH Standard Method v1.1-2010 (or later) Feature 04 Part 3 for Europe.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 15 Mar, 2018

European Union Paints Directive 2004/42/EC has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 04, Part 1 for Europe. Please note that the European Union Paints Directive 2004/42/EC is the compliant performance standard for paints and varnishes listed within BREEAM UK New Construction: Hea 02 Indoor Air Quality.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 15 Mar, 2018

EU Ecolabel for Paints and Varnishes (2014) has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of CDPH Standard Method v1.1-2010 (or later) of Feature 04 Part 1 for Europe.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 15 Mar, 2018

EU Ecolabel for wooden floor coverings (2010 version) has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of CDPH Standard Method v1.1-2010 (or later) of Feature 04 Part 3 for Europe.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 05 Feb, 2018

TÜV Rheinland Green Product Mark Furniture criteria, 2PfG E1992, has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 4 Part 5.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 05 Feb, 2018

The GB 18580-2001 Indoor Decorating and Refurbishing Materials - Limit of Formaldehyde Emission of Wood-based Panels and Finishing Products has not been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 4 Part 3, 4 and 5. Note the proposed testing method standard does not include methods for testing VOCs other than formaldehyde.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 05 Jan, 2018

REACH Standard No 1907/2006 has not been accepted as an equivalency to the requirements set in Feature 04 Part 4. Note that the Equivalency Proposal outlines a strategy for the elimination of hazardous substances through the use of REACH lists, but not an equivalency to requirements set in CDPH Standard Method v1.1-2010 (or later).


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 21 Dec, 2017

US EPA Method 24 has been accepted as an alternative to the requirements of Feature 04 VOC Reduction, Part 2. Please note that the products must have VOC content below the allowable limits established in SCAQMD as outlined in Part 2a. This equivalency may be used only in India.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 02 Nov, 2017

GEV-EMICODE EC1 and EC1Plus is approved as an acceptable equivalent to the requirements of Feature 4 VOC Reduction Part 1, 2, 3 and 4. Note, projects must adhere to the minimum formaldehyde requirement specified in the CDPH Standard Method v1.1-2010 (or later) for VOC emissions.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 02 Nov, 2017

M1 (ISO 16000) is approved as an acceptable equivalent to the requirements of Feature 4 VOC Reduction Part 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 02 Nov, 2017

M1 (EN-717-1:2004) is approved as an acceptable equivalent to the requirements of Feature 4 VOC Reduction Part 5.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 02 Nov, 2017

CRI Green Label Plus is approved as an acceptable equivalent to the requirements specified in the CDPH Standard Method v1.1-2010 (or later) for Feature 4 Part 2 and 3.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 02 Nov, 2017

Blue Angel is approved as an acceptable equivalent to the requirements of Feature 4 VOC Reduction Part 1, 2 and 3. Note, projects must adhere to the minimum formaldehyde requirement specified in the CDPH Standard Method v1.1-2010 (or later) for VOC emissions.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 02 Nov, 2017

AgBB is approved as an acceptable equivalent to the requirements of Feature 4 VOC Reduction Part 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Note, projects must adhere to the minimum formaldehyde requirement specified in the CDPH Standard Method v1.1-2010 (or later) for VOC emissions.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 02 Nov, 2017

OEKO-TEX is approved as an acceptable equivalent to the requirements of Feature 4 Part 4.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 17 Oct, 2017

The REACH standard has not been accepted as an equivalent to the CDPH Standard Method v1.1-2010 (or later) guidelines for Feature 04 Part 5. Note that the VOC limit thresholds specified in CDPH Standard Method v1.1-2010 (or later) guidelines must be met. The VOC limit thresholds for Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) listed in REACH are not acceptable.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 05 Oct, 2017

Conformance to the ANSI/BIFMA e3 standard by an accredited third-party product certification body is an acceptable alternative for the requirements for Feature 4, Part 5.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 05 Oct, 2017

EN 13964:2014 emission testing method has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 4, Part 4 for suspended ceilings. Ceilings with heating or cooling properties and walls must meet limits set by the California Department of Public Health Standard Method v1.1-2010 (or later). Formaldehyde emission should be measured in accordance with EN 717-1:2004.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 04 Oct, 2017

SGS TVOC laboratory testing method has been accepted as an alternative equivalent to Feature 04 Part 4. Note, projects must adhere to the minimum VOC limit requirements of the CDPH Standard Method v1.1-2010 (or later) for VOC emissions. This equivalency may only be used for projects in India.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 02 Oct, 2017

Global GreenTag has been approved as an acceptable equivalent to the requirements for Feature 04 Part 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 21 Sep, 2017

The Australian Carpet Classification Scheme (ACCS) has been accepted as an equivalent for CDPH Standard Method v1.1 of Feature 4 Part 1.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 18 Sep, 2017

IS 101.2.2.1986 and IS 101.2.1.1988 are acceptable equivalent testing method standards in order to measure in accordance with the VOC content threshold limits specified in SCAQMD Rule 1168 for Part 2a.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 17 Sep, 2017

IS 101.2.2.1986 and IS 101.2.1.1988 are acceptable equivalent testing method standards in order to measure in accordance with the VOC content threshold limits specified in SCAQMD Rule 1113 for Part 1a.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 26 Jul, 2017

Exemplary level emission criteria for BREEAM International New Construction 2016 scheme has been accepted as an equivalent standard to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Standard method v1.1-2010 (or later) as specified in Part 4a of this feature. The thresholds are as follows:
Formaldehyde limit of 9 µg/m³
TVOC limits of ≤ 0.3 mg/m³
The insulation materials may be tested using one of the following methodologies:
ISO 16000-9
CEN/TS 16516
CDPH Standard Method v1.1


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 26 Jul, 2017

BREEAM-NL New Construction 2014, Hea 09 - Volatile Organic Compounds, is an approved alternative to Feature 04 Parts 1-3.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 26 Jul, 2017

MAS Certified Green® has been accepted for Feature 04 Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
The MAS Certified Green® program integrates testing requirements of California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Standard Method V1.1, the BIFMAM7.1 Test Method and Formaldehyde emission testing requirements of the Cal EPA – ARB with chemical emission limits referenced by the USGBC LEED, CHPS and CARB organizations. The MAS Certified Green® program is ISO/TEC 17025 and 17065 compliant and recognized by LEED, CDPH, BIFMA and CHPS.

MAS Certified Green® is also accepted for LEED v4 EQ Credit Low-Emitting Materials Third Party Certifications and Labels. It meets CDPH for emissions, CARB or SCAQMD for VOC content (wet-applied), and ANSI/BIFMA for furniture.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 26 Jul, 2017

GUT has been accepted for Feature 04 Part 3.

The GUT standard was created by the European carpet industry, and aims ""to improve continuously all environmental and consumer protection aspects throughout the life cycle of a textile floor covering (from production to installation, to use phase and recycling"".

This standard is only applicable to Part 3, and thresholds are as follows:

Termination criteria 3 days after loading:
TVOC: 250 µg/m³
Formaldehyde: 9 µg/m³

Desired values 28 days after loading:
TVOC: 100 µg/m³
Formaldehyde: 4 µg/m³


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 26 Jul, 2017

VOC ETL class 2 and 3, VOC+ ETL Environmental and Formaldehyde-Free, has been accepted for Feature 04 Part 5.
2nd class: VOC+ certificate states conformance to ANSI/ BIFMA e3 standard credits 7.6.1, 7.6.2 and / or credit 7.6.3 which includes California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Standard Method v1.1 01350 (2010).
3rd class: Formaldehyde-Free program includes compliance to the second class listed above, VOC+ ETL Environmental, and compliance to formaldehyde requirements for ultra-low-emitting formaldehyde (ULEF) and no added formaldehyde resins.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 17 Jul, 2017

eco-INSTITUT-Label (2015 version) has been deemed acceptable for Feature 04 Part 1 - 4 with the following requirement:
The formaldehyde limit of 9 µg/m³ at 28 days must be met for products using this label.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 07 Jul, 2017

Indoor Air Comfort Gold has been approved for Feature 04 - Part 1, 2, 3 and 4. However, Indoor Air Comfort is not an accepted label for meeting WELL Feature 04 Part 1, 2, 3 and 4.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 27 Apr, 2017

Previously published as an AAP:
The following referenced standards may be used in lieu of ANSI/BIFMA e3-2011 Furniture Sustainability Standard Section 7.6.1 and 7.6.2, testing in accordance with ANSI/BIFMA Standard Method M7.1-2011:
- the Finnish M1 label for non-upholstered furniture
- the Blue Angel label for upholstered furniture
If these standards are used, the furniture must also be separately tested for 4-phenylcyclohexane and total aldehydes and held to the same limits specified in ANSI/BIFMA e3-2011 section 7.6.1 and 7.6.2


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 27 Apr, 2017

Previously published as an AAP:
Products and materials that have an A or A+ class rating under the French legislation on VOC emissions meet the requirements of Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 27 Apr, 2017

Previously published as an AAP:
Field and Laboratory Emission Cell (FLEC) emissions testing is approved as an emissions testing methodology only for furniture and furnishings that are made up of a uniform material and have flat testing surfaces on which the FLEC emissions testing methodology may be applied. For example, flat surfaced cabinetry that is made up of a uniform material may be tested using this methodology. However, chairs that are made from a variety of materials that lack flat surfaces may not be tested using this methodology. The emissions test must be administered by a third party investigator with no affiliation with the project. The associated costs are the responsibility of the project team. Additional tests performed in accordance with ISO 16000 methodology must be performed for total aldehydes and 4-Phenylcyclohexane and must meet the thresholds specified in the WELL Building Standard.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 07 Apr, 2017

GreenGuard Gold is accepted as an equivalent for Feature 4, Part 5


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 07 Apr, 2017

Updated:
LEED v4 EQc Low-emitting materials credit is deemed equivalent for Part 1. Please note that the project must adhere to the ""Additional VOC content requirements for wet-applied products"" section (found in LEED v4). Additionally, all newly applied paints and coatings must be in compliance.
BREEAM UK NC/RFO 2014, INC. 2016 and IRFO 2015 Hea 02: Indoor air quality - Volatile organic compound (VOC) emission levels (products) credit is deemed equivalent for Part 1. Please note the project must adhere to the Volatile organic compound (VOC) emission levels for products (found in Table 18 in the BREEAM UK New Construction 2014, Table 20 in the UK RFO 2014, Table 17 and 18 in the INC 2016). Additionally, all newly applied paints and coatings must be in compliance.

LEED v4 EQc Low-emitting materials credit is deemed equivalent for Part 2. Please note that the project must adhere to the ""Additional VOC content requirements for wet-applied products"" section (found in LEED v4). Additionally, all newly applied adhesives and sealants must be in compliance.
BREEAM UK NC/RFO 2014, INC 2016 and IRFO 2015 Hea 02: Indoor air quality - Volatile organic compound (VOC) emission levels (products)credit is deemed equivalent for Part 2. Please note the project must adhere to the Volatile organic compound (VOC) emission levels for products (found in Table 18 in the BREEAM UK New Construction 2014, Table 20 in the UK RFO 2014, Table 17 and 18 in the INC 2016). Additionally, all newly applied adhesives and sealants must be in compliance.

LEED v4 EQc Low-emitting materials credit is deemed equivalent for Part 3. Please note that the project must adhere to the ""General emissions evaluation"" section (found in LEED v4). Additionally, all newly installed flooring must be in compliance.
BREEAM UK NC/RFO 2014, INC 2016 and IRFO 2015 Hea 02: Indoor air quality - Volatile organic compound (VOC) emission levels (products) credit is deemed equivalent for Part 3. Please note the project must adhere to the Volatile organic compound (VOC) emission levels for products (found in Table 18 in the BREEAM UK New Construction 2014, Table 20 in the UK RFO 2014, Table 17 and 18 in the INC 2016). Additionally, all newly installed flooring must be in compliance.

LEED v4 EQc Low-emitting materials credit is deemed equivalent for Part 4. Please note that the project must adhere to the ""General emissions evaluation"" section (found in LEED v4). Additionally, all newly installed insulation must be in compliance.

LEED v4 EQc Low-emitting material credit is deemed equivalent for Part 5. Please note that the project must adhere to the ""Furniture evaluation"" section (found in LEED v4). Additionally, 95% (by cost) of all newly purchased furniture and furnishing must be in compliance.

Note BREEAM equivalency is only applicable for Feature 4 Parts 1-3.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 17 Jan, 2017

ORIGINAL RULING (10/24/2016):
(Not approved)
GreenGuard Certification is not an accepted equivalent standard to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Standard method v1.1-2010 as specified in Part 4a of this feature. Therefore Greenstuf is not an acceptable material for newly installed thermal or acoustic insulation, based on the evidence provided. The excerpt taken from GreenGuard Standard Method for Measuring and Evaluating Chemical Emissions from Building Materials, Finishes and Furnishings Using Dynamic Environmental Chambers refers to the GreenGuard Children and School certification (now GreenGuard Gold Certification), which does in fact meet/exceed CDPH standards. However, according to the Material Safety Data Sheet provided, Greenstuf is GreenGuard Certified and is not GreenGuard Gold Certified.

UPDATED RULING (1/11/2017):
(Approved)
Greenstuf has been considered an acceptable material, as it complies with GreenGuard Gold Certification, which has been approved as an equivalent standard for Feature 04, Part 4.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 17 Jan, 2017

Indoor Advantage Gold has been approved as an acceptable alternative for F04, Parts 1, 2, 4, and 5.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 17 Jan, 2017

CalGreen 2013 Title 24, Part 11, California Green Building code has been approved as an equivalent for F04, Parts 1 and 2. For Part 3, projects are required to meet 100% of the resilient flooring requirements according to CalGreen 2013 Title 24 in order to fully comply with WELL requirements.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 24 Oct, 2016

AFRDI Green Tick Furniture is compliant with Feature 4, Part 5.
It should be noted that GECA's allowable emission levels exceed those required in the ANSI/BIFMA e3-2011 Furniture Sustainability Standard, and GECA does not address the VOC emission concentration thresholds required by the ANSI/BIFMA e3-2011 Furniture Sustainability Standard. However, GECA is currently deemed a best in class within its market at this time.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 24 Oct, 2016

Green Star Credit 13: Indoor Pollutants is considered partially equivalent to WELL Feature 04: VOC reduction.
Compliance with the Green Star credit is sufficient to comply with Parts 1 and 2, as well as to a portion of Part 3 (only flooring that is classified as carpeting) of the WELL feature.
Projects will still need to comply with Part 3 (all non-carpet flooring), as well as with Parts 4 and 5 in order to fully comply with the Feature.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 24 Oct, 2016

Floorscore has been approved as an equivalent standard F04, Parts 2 and 3.


Feature 5: Air filtration

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

Class F 7 (or higher) media filters are an acceptable equivalent to MERV 13 (or higher) media filters.


Feature 7: Construction pollution management

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

Green Star Credit 7: Construction Environmental Management, and Credit 9: Indoor Air Quality are considered partially equivalent to WELL Feature 07: Construction Pollution Management. Compliance with the Green Star credit is sufficient to comply with Parts 1 and 2 of the WELL Feature. Note that projects will still need to comply with Parts 3 and 4 of Feature 7 in order to fully comply with the Feature.


Feature 9: Cleaning protocol

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

Cradle to Cradle Gold and Platinum for Material Health have been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 09 Part 1. Note that products only need to receive a Cradle to Cradle Gold or Platinum achievement level in the Material Health category and are not required to achieve Gold or Platinum in all five quality categories in order to be considered acceptable alternatives for Feature 09 Part 1.


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 09 Part 1 because the requirements of GreenTag do not match those of these WELL features.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 23 Aug, 2017

Vikings by Rotulo Ecologico ABNT is not approved as an acceptable alternative to the requirements of Feature 09 Part 1. Equivalencies are a comparison of different codes and regulations and are appropriate for projects that wish to propose an equivalent standard, code, or practice to meet the feature intent.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 26 Jul, 2017

The Eco Mark Program has been accepted for Feature 09, Part 1.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 17 Jan, 2017

The EU Ecolabel and the Charter for Sustainable Cleaning have been approved as equivalents for F09, Part 1a and 1b.
Note that Multifamily Residential Pilot projects are required to meet GS-49 for residential cleaning services rather than GS-42.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 17 Jan, 2017

GECA and SCS have been approved as acceptable alternatives for F09, Part 1, Requirement d.


Feature 10: Pesticide management

Type Description
Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 30 Nov, 2018

AVA Pesticide Registration has not been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 10 – Pesticide Management.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 05 Feb, 2018

The European Standard PbEG L 230 and PbEG L 123 have been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 10 Part 1b.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 27 Nov, 2017

Malmö Stads Riktlinjer för Kemisk Bekämpning (2015) (The City of Malmoe’s Guidelines for Pesticide Use, 2015) of Sweden has been accepted as an equivalent to the San Francisco Environment Code Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program of Feature 10 Part 1.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 20 Oct, 2017

Biopesticides registered with the Central Insecticides Board and Registration Committee (CIBRC) of India have been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 10 Part 1b.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 17 Jan, 2017

The UK Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012 have been approved for F10, Part 1, Requirement a. Adopting organic farming principles described in Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 of 28 June 2007 has been approved as an acceptable method to comply with F10 Part 1, Requirement b.
Note that:
1. Any envisaged exemptions adopted from the SF IPM program has to be listed.
2. The public has to be notified of any pesticides use under exempt conditions
3. Annual update of the IPM plan
4. Display the IPM plan in the building communal area and/or on website
5. Engage organic gardening professional for design of landscaping, and if infestation occurs
6. Ensure that ongoing use of IPM is part of any FM contract that manages the landscaping


Feature 11: Fundamental material safety

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

Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (HOKLAS) certified inspectors have been accepted as an alternative for the EPA certified inspector requirements of Feature 11 Part 2 and 4 for Hong Kong.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 14 Jun, 2018

EPA Ireland - Management Plan for Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in Ireland has been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 11, Part 4 for projects in Ireland.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 29 May, 2018

Products certified under Global GreenTag Standard v4.0 and PhD Methodology are considered to meet the asbestos and mercury restrictions of Feature 11 Part 1c and 5b.


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

Directive 2009/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 January 2003 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 LEED v4 requirements.


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

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: 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: 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 14: Air infiltration management

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

NEN-EN 13829 has been accepted as an equivalent for ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005 and the NIBS Guideline 3-2012 of Feature 14 Part 1 and 2.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 10 Jan, 2018

NEN-EN 1026/BS-EN 1026 and NEN-EN 12153/BS-EN 12153 have been accepted as an alternative for the requirements of Feature 14, Part 1. Note this is only applicable for projects in The Netherlands.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 26 Jul, 2017

Previously published as AAP:
The ISO 9972-2015 - Thermal performance of buildings - Determination of air permeability of buildings - Fan Pressurization method is an acceptable alternative to meet WELL Feature 14 Part 1a.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 24 Oct, 2016

The Green Star Innovation Challenge: Air tightness testing is an accepted equivalent to Feature 14: Air Infiltration Management. Compliance with the Green Star credit is sufficient to comply with the WELL feature.


Equivalency
Type: Equivalency
Post Date: 26 Jul, 2016

Previously published as AAP:
In lieu of performing envelope commissioning in accordance with ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005 and NIBS Guideline 3-2012 for new construction or structural renovation), the project may complete a thermographic survey, airtightness test, and inspection and correction of defects in accordance with ATTMA TSL2 guidelines.


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 13779:2007 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 13779:2007 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).