An AAP is appropriate for projects with a unique, nuanced or complex element that restricts their ability to comply with existing feature requirements. The proposal should include clear, substantiated evidence of how the proposed strategy meets the intent of the feature, including any relevant background information or supporting documentation.
To determine whether submission of an AAP is recommended, a project may inquire with the project's WELL coaching contact (if project is registered) or with email@example.com (if the project is not registered). Projects pursuing certification under the WELL Building Standard v1 are eligible to receive three AAPs at no additional cost, while pilot projects receive ten. There is no limit on the number of AAP’s that can be submitted per project, but there is a $220 fee for each subsequent AAP.
Usually, each AAP ruling applies only to the project that submitted the application. However, in some situations, multiple projects may submit a single AAP and utilize the ruling across all specified projects. Projects eligible to utilize this pathway are required to meet at least one of the following requirements:
- The projects are located at the same development site. (Examples include an Interiors project within a Core & Shell project or two Interiors projects on the same site.)
- The AAPs submitted are for features categorized as Organizational Protocol.
In both cases, the strategy proposed must be identical across all projects using the AAP. Furthermore, the project team must specify in the AAP submission the names and IDs of all projects using the AAP. Only projects registered for WELL Certification may be specified.