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Integrative design

A truly collaborative design process ensures that construction and upkeep of a space follows the original expectations and goals for the building. A focus on health and wellness principles throughout the design process guarantees that health-promoting criteria are well understood and integrated into a project.

This feature requires all stakeholders to meet at various points throughout the project development—pre-design planning, design development, construction and post-construction—to determine and ensure adherence to the collective wellness goals.

Part 1: Stakeholder Charrette

Prior to the design and programming of the project, all stakeholders, including at a minimum the owner, architects, engineers and facilities management team, meet to:

a. Perform a values assessment and alignment exercise within the team to inform any project goals as well as strategies to meet occupant expectations.
b.1 Discuss the needs of the occupants, focusing on wellness.
c. Set future meetings to stay focused on the project goals and to engage future stakeholders who join the process after the initial meeting, such as contractors and sub-contractors.
Part 2: Development Plan

A written document detailing the building’s health-oriented mission is produced with the consent of all stakeholders, incorporating all of the following:

a. Building site selection, taking into account public transportation.
b. WELL Concepts of air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.
c. Plans for implementation of the above analyses and decisions.
d. Operations and maintenance plans for facility managers and building policy requirements related to wellness.
Part 3: Stakeholder Orientation

Upon construction completion, the designers, owners, managers and facilities staff must:

a. Tour the building as a group.
b. Discuss how building operations will support adherence to the WELL Building Standard.

Applicability Matrix

Core & Shell New & Existing Buildings New & Existing Interiors
Part 1: Stakeholder Charrette P P P
Part 2: Development Plan P P P
Part 3: Stakeholder Orientation P P P
Commercial Kitchen Education Multifamily Residential Restaurant Retail
Part 1: Stakeholder Charrette P P P P P
Part 2: Development Plan P P P P P
Part 3: Stakeholder Orientation P P P P P

Verification Methods Matrix

Letters of Assurance Annotated Documents On-Site Checks
Part 1: Stakeholder Charrette Policy Document
Part 2: Development Plan Policy Document
Part 3: Stakeholder Orientation Policy Document

U.S. Green Building Council. LEED v4: Reference Guide for Building Design and Construction. Washington D.C.: U.S. Green Building Council; 2013: 37, 43-44, 541-552, 567, 605, 623, 645-53, 658-61, 682-3, 685-6, 723-4.


USGBC's LEED BD+C: Healthcare requires the generation of an Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR) document that outlines ways to optimize occupant health.