- 38 Fruits and vegetables
- 39 Processed foods
- 40 Food allergies
- 41 Hand washing
- 42 Food contamination
- 43 Artificial ingredients
- 44 Nutritional information
- 45 Food advertising
- 46 Safe food preparation materials
- 47 Serving sizes
- 48 Special diets
- 49 Responsible food production
- 50 Food storage
- 51 Food production
- 52 Mindful eating
- P1 Food environment
- P7 Strategic Dining Design
To help occupants avoid consumption of or contact with potential food allergens.
My project does not sell or provide food and beverages on a daily basis. Which Nourishment features are applicable and will contribute to the project's scorecard?
If a project does not sell or provide food and beverages on a daily basis, it is considered in compliance with the Nourishment precondition features 38-40 (and 43-44 when designated as preconditions) and is considered not having achieved optimization features 47-49 (and 43-44 when designated as optimizations). Note that all Nourishment optimizations will still appear on the project scorecard and contribute to the denominator when calculating scoring.
We have food delivered twice a week to our building and our occupants consume the food throughout the week. As project owners, are we classified as providing food on a daily basis?
Yes. Food is considered to be provided on a daily basis if it is available to occupants each day. This is irrespective of the frequency of delivery.
Yes, all foods and beverages that are sold and provided must comply with the requirements. This includes packaged and prepared items, as well as all items in vending machines.
My project only provides fresh fruits and vegetables and/or coffee and milk. Would we need to meet the WELL requirements?
Yes, if any food is provided to occupants, the food allergen labeling requirements need to be met for these items. For example, when coffee and milk are provided, milk would need to be labeled for allergens. Visible nutrition fact labels can be used to comply with allergen labeling, or if milk is served in a carafe, it should be labeled as milk.
In our C&S project we are not providing any food or vending machines. Could these features be considered not applicable?
If the project owner of the Core & Shell project pursuing WELL certification does not sell or distribute food, or provide vending machines within the building, feature 39 and 40 are considered out of scope.
Food prepared or packaged on-site can utilize menu boards and signage at the point of decision to convey the food nutrition and allergy information criteria. Food packaged onsite can also decide to add this information to the packing instead.
In my country the food labeling required by the WELL Building Standard are not part of local code. How can our project comply with the labeling requirements?
The food labeling requirements are applicable to all projects regardless of local code, however a project may submit an Alternative Adherence Path (AAP) for review if they believe the food labeling provided by the project meets the intent of the feature. The project may need to conduct their own analysis of the food being provided to confirm nutritional information.
In our Core and Shell project, we will have both office tenants and retail/restaurant tenants who will be serving food within their respective spaces. Will these tenants need to comply with the Nourishment feature requirements?
No, the Nourishment requirements are only applicable to food provided by the project owner or provided by a vendor who is under contract with the project owner, which for a Core and Shell project the project owner is the building developer. Tenants within the building do not need to meet these requirements.
If the tenant decided to pursue the New and Existing Interiors or the Retail Pilot certification, then the nourishment feature requirements would be applicable.
My project is not located in the United States. How does the WELL Building Standard address the nourishment category for countries that not include the United States with different cultural meal practices?
IWBI recognizes the various cultural differences in meal practices and therefore recommends the project to submit an Alternative Adherence Path (AAP) to confirm the project meets the feature intent for the Nourishment concept. In addition, please review the already accepted AAP's for each nourishment feature.
Please further describe the types of food programs that would be considered "sold or provided on a daily basis on the premises by (or under contract with) the project owner".
This includes all foods and beverages supplied by the project owner, or by a vendor under contract with the owner, including items sold or provided in the cafeteria, in vending machines, at a coffee bar, and items available to occupants in the kitchen/pantry area.
In my project, the kitchen where food is prepared is located in an existing building outside of my project boundary, however the eating area where food is served is located within the project area. Are the WELL Nourishment concept requirements applicable for the project?
Yes, if the food served in the eating area is provided daily under the direction of the owner, all of the Nourishment preconditions need to be met by the project regardless of where the food is prepared.
If no food is sold or served within the eating area or break area, most of the Nourishment precondition features would be considered out of scope. However, features 41 and 45 may still be applicable to the project.
My project does have catering for special events but not on a daily basis. Do the WELL Nourishment features apply to this catering?
No, if food is not catered on a daily basis, most of the Nourishment features are considered out of scope. However, features 41 and 45 may be applicable to your project.