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WELL Addenda

WELL Addenda

Feature 28: Cleanable environment

Type Description
Verification type

Add on-site spot checks as required verification.

Feature 29: Cleaning equipment

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To reduce occupant exposure to both harmful pathogens and hazardous chemicals through the use of high quality cleaning equipment and the proper storage of cleaning agents.'

Correction

Remove Part 1b. Update part lettering by changing "c. Mops do not have to be wrung by hand." to "b. Mops do not have to be wrung by hand", and changing "d. Vacuum cleaners contain filters with a HEPA rating." to "c. Vacuum cleaners contain filters with a HEPA rating."

Feature 30: Fundamental water quality

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To limit the presence of sediment and water-borne pathogens in water designated for human contact.'

Correction

In Part 1, change "Turbidity of the water sample is less than 0.3 NTU" to "Turbidity of the water sample is less than 1.0 NTU".

Feature 31: Inorganic contaminants

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To limit the presence of inorganic contaminants in drinking water.'

Correction

Change "All water being delivered to the project area for human consumption meets the following limits:" to "All water being delivered to the project area for human consumption (at least one water dispenser per project) meets the following limits:

Feature 32: Organic contaminants

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To limit the presence of organic contaminants in drinking water.'

Correction

Change "All water being delivered to the project area for human consumption meets the following limits:" to "All water being delivered to the project area for human consumption (at least one water dispenser per project) meets the following limits:

Feature 33: Agricultural contaminants

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To limit the presence of agricultural contaminants in drinking water.'

Correction

Change "All water being delivered to the project area for human consumption meets the following limits:" to "All water being delivered to the project area for human consumption (at least one water dispenser per project) meets the following limits:

Feature 34: Public water additives

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To limit the presence of certain disinfectants, disinfection byproducts and fluoride in drinking water.'

Correction

Change "All water being delivered to the project area for human consumption meets the following limits:" to "All water being delivered to the project area for human consumption (at least one water dispenser per project) meets the following limits:

Correction

Change "All water being delivered to the project area for human consumption or showers/baths meets the following limits:" to "All water being delivered to the project area for human consumption (at least one water dispenser per project) and showers/baths meets the following limits:

Feature 35: Periodic water quality testing

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To maintain high quality water through regular water quality monitoring and remediation.'

Interpretation Inquiry: Feature 35 (Periodic Water Quality Testing) Part 1 (Quarterly Testing) requires the project team to test for metals/metalloids on a quarterly basis. How should this testing be conducted?
Ruling: Testing procedures must follow the testing protocol outlined in the WELL Performance Verification Guidebook for Feature 31 (Inorganic Contaminants). If possible, sample points that have not been selected in the previous three quarters should be used.

Feature 36: Water treatment

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To improve water quality by requiring the use of water treatment systems.'

Correction

In Part 2a, remove "Filter rated to remove suspended solids." And replace with "Filter rated to remove suspended solids with pore size 1.5 µm or less."

Correction

In Part 3b, remove "NSF filter rated to remove" and replace with "Filter rated by the NSF to remove"

Feature 37: Drinking water promotion

Type Description
Alternative Adherence Path

For regularly occupied spaces that are not within 30 meters (100 feet) of a drinking water station, pitchers of filtered water and glasses may be provided that are monitored and refilled through the day. The Operations Schedule for the project must include information regarding the provision (location and quantities) of water and the monitoring and refilling of pitchers if this strategy is used.

Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To promote the consumption of water by making high quality drinking water easily accessible to occupants.'

Feature 38: Fruits and vegetables

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To promote the consumption of fruits and vegetables by making fruits and vegetables easily accessible to occupants.'

Feature 39: Processed foods

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To help occupants avoid highly-processed ingredients and foods.'

Alternative Adherence Path

The following strategy may be used to meet the requirements of Part 1d (In any foods where a grain flour is the primary ingredient by weight, a whole grain must be the primary ingredient):
- for any foods where grain flour is the primary ingredient, at least 50% of the foods must use whole grain as the primary ingredient rather than a refined grain
- For each food type where refined grain flour is the primary ingredient, an alternative option that uses whole grains as the primary ingredient must be provided.
- the whole grain options must cost less than the refined grain options.

Feature 40: Food allergies

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To help occupants avoid potential food allergens.'

Equivalency

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 these Features, and will also be subject to a spot check or visual inspection during the Performance Verification to verify compliance.

Feature 41: Hand washing

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To reduce pathogen transmission by providing accessible and sanitary hand washing facilities.'

Feature 42: Food contamination

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To minimize occupant exposure to food-borne pathogens by providing safe food storage.'

Verification type

Add Owner Letter of Assurance as required documentation, remove Architect Letter of Assurance.

Feature 43: Artificial ingredients

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To help occupants avoid artificial colors, sweeteners and preservatives in food.'

Equivalency

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. Projects will need to label the remaining artificial substances listed in the requirements of Feature 43. 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.

Alternative Adherence Path

For projects located in India, the requirements for Feature 43 may be met by providing labeling for all high-shelf life packaged foods in addition to freshly prepared food items offered on-site. Foods must be labeled with the additives outlined by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Up to 30% of the low-shelf life packages goods prepared off site may be exempted from artificial substance labeling, but must include clear signage that they have not been evaluated for artificial ingredients or food additives. The latest version of the FSSAI regulation must be made available to building users upon request.

Feature 44: Nutritional information

Type Description
Correction

Under 1b, the reference to the FDA is now removed. 1b now reads "Macronutrient (total protein, total fat and total carbohydrate) in weight and as a percent of estimated daily requirements (Daily Values)."

Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To help occupants make informed food consumption choices.'

Equivalency

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 these Features, and will also be subject to a spot check or visual inspection during the Performance Verification to verify compliance.

Feature 45: Food advertising

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To promote healthy food consumption choices.'

Feature 46: Safe food preparation materials

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To reduce occupant exposure to harmful contaminants that may originate from food preparation materials and eliminate surfaces that harbor pathogens.'

Feature 47: Serving sizes

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To reduce unintended overconsumption.'

Feature 48: Special diets

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To provide alternative food choices to individuals with food restrictions or allergies.'

Feature 49: Responsible food production

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To reduce occupant exposure to pesticides or hormones, limit environmental degradation and promote humane livestock practices.'

Correction

Change "All produce sold or distributed on the premises on a daily basis by (or under contract with) the project owner meets the following criteria:" to "Produce is sold or distributed on the premises on a daily basis by (or under contract with) the project owner and it meets the following criteria:"

Correction

Change "All meat egg and dairy products sold or distributed on the premises on a daily basis by (or under contract with) the project owner meet the following criteria" to "If meat, egg or dairy products are sold or distributed on the premises on a daily basis by (or under contract with) the project owner, they meet the following criteria"

Feature 50: Food storage

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To encourage the consumption of fresh foods by providing sufficient cold food storage to occupants.'

Feature 51: Food production

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To improve access to fresh produce by providing space, infrastructure and tools for on-site food production.'

Verification type

Add Owner Letters of Assurance as required documentation, remove Architect Letter of Assurance.

Feature 52: Mindful eating

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To encourage mindful eating behaviors and socialization by providing communal eating spaces.'

Correction

In Part 2a, change "Refrigerator, microwave and sink" to "Refrigerator, device for reheating food (such as microwave or toaster oven) and sink"

Feature 53: Visual lighting design

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To support visual acuity by setting a threshold for adequate light levels and requiring luminance to be balanced within and across indoor spaces.'

Verification type

For Feature 53, Part 1 add Policy Document as required documentation, along with Architect Letter of Assurance and Spot Measurement. This policy document should be used to confirm the requirements of Part 1c of this feature.

Verification type

Add professional narrative as required documentation, remove Architect Letter of Assurance, remove on-site spot measurements.

Feature 54: Circadian lighting design

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To support circadian health by setting a minimum threshold for daytime light intensity.'

Correction

In Part 1b, change "For all workstations, electric lights provide" to "For all workstations, electric lights (which may include task lighting) provide"

Correction

In Part 1b, Change first part of first sentence from "Electric lights provide" to "For all workstations, electric lights provide"

Feature 55: Electric light glare control

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To minimize direct and overhead glare by setting limits on the luminous intensity of luminaires.'

Equivalency

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. For Part 2, workstations should have a UGR of 19 (or less).

Correction

Change "At workstations and desks, the following requirement is met:" to "At workstations, desks and other seating areas, the following requirement is met:"

Feature 56: Solar glare control

Type Description
Alternative Adherence Path

The following glare control strategies may be used in lieu of glare requirements for atriums. Project teams may submit a plan or narrative detailing the use of a combination of the following: glare reducing film that has a solar transmittance of 10% or less, space planning to ensure workstations are set back from atrium spaces by at least 7 feet, and building orientation to reduce solar glare. Project teams must demonstrate that occupant comfort is not impacted.

Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
Intent: 'To avoid glare from the sun by blocking or reflecting direct sunlight away from occupants.'

Equivalency

Reduction is an accepted equivalent for Feature 56. Compliance with the Green Star Credit requirements is sufficient to comply with the WELL feature.

Correction

In Part 1b, change "External shading systems that are controllable by the occupants or set on a timer" to "External shading systems that are set to automatically prevent glare"

Correction

Change "At least one of the following is required for all glazing greater than 2.1 m (7 ft) above the floor:" to "At least one of the following is required for all glazing greater than 2.1 m (7 ft) above the floor in regularly occupied spaces:"

Correction

In Part 2a, change "Interior window shading or blinds that are controllable by the occupants or set on a timer" to "Interior window shading or blinds that are controllable by the occupants or set to automatically prevent glare."

Correction

In Part 2b, change "External shading systems that are controllable by the occupants or set on a timer." To "External shading systems that are set to automatically prevent glare."

Correction

Change "At least one of the following is present for all glazing less than 2.1m [7 ft] above the floor:" to "At least one of the following is present for all glazing less than 2.1m [7 ft] above the floor in regularly occupied spaces:"

Correction

In Part 1a, change "Interior window shading or blinds that are controllable by the occupants or set on a timer" to "Interior window shading or blinds that are controllable by the occupants or set to automatically prevent glare."

Feature 57: Low-glare workstation design

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To minimize visual discomfort by situating computer monitors in a way that avoids glare and luminance contrast.'

Alternative Adherence Path

Monitors with adjustable monitor arms that allow the occupant to move the computer screens to face within a 20 degree perpendicular to the plane of the nearest window may be used to meet the requirements of Part 1a (Glare Avoidance).

Alternative Adherence Path

Inquiry: Can "free address" workstations, allowing occupants to change workstations to avoid glare, be used to meet the feature requirements?

Ruling: No, free address workstations may not be used to meet the feature requirements.

Correction

In Part 1a, change the first part of the first sentence from "To minimize glare cause by incoming sunlight, all computer screens for at desks" to "To minimize glare caused by incoming sunlight, all computer screens at desks"

Feature 58: Color quality

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To enhance spatial aesthetics and color differentiation through the use of lamps with quality color rendering abilities.'

Feature 59: Surface design

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To increase overall room brightness through reflected light from room surfaces and avoiding glare.'

Feature 60: Automated shading and dimming controls

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To prevent glare and encourage reliance on natural light through automated shading and dimming.'

Correction

In Part 1a, change "Shading devices that automatically engage when light sensors indicate that sunlight could contribute to glare at workstations" to "Shading devices that automatically engage when light sensors indicate that sunlight could contribute to glare at workstations and other seating areas."

Verification type

Add MEP Letters of Assurance as required documentation, remove Architect Letters of Assurance.

Feature 61: Right to light

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To promote exposure to daylight and views of varying distances by limiting the distance workstations can be from a window or atrium.'

Alternative Adherence Path

Inquiry: Can a daylighting analysis confirming that at least 90% of regularly occupied spaces have sufficient daylight illumination levels (at least 30 footcandles) and that 100% of spaces have access to quality outdoor views be used to meet the feature requirements?

Ruling: No, a daylighting simulation combined with access to quality views may not be utilized to meet the feature requirements. The intent of Feature 61 is to include proximity to windows, outdoor views, and daylight in indoor spaces.

Correction

In Part 2a, change "75% of all desks or regularly occupied seats" to "75% of all workstations"

Correction

In Part 2b, change "95% of all desks or regularly occupied seats" to "95% of all workstations"

Feature 62: Daylight modeling

Type Description
Alternative Adherence Path

As an alternative to a lighting simulation to determine the sDA of the space, project teams may use the LEED v4 BD+C EQ Daylight Credit requirements to fulfil the requirement. The provided lighting analysis document must be updated to demonstrate that 90% of the regularly occupied floor area meets the requirements (i.e. 2 points under LEED v4 BD+C EQ Daylight credit).

Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
Intent: 'To support circadian and psychological health by setting thresholds for indoor sunlight exposure.'

Equivalency

The Green Star Daylight criterion is deemed partially equivalent to the requirements of Feature 62. Compliance with the Green Star credit is sufficient to comply with Part 1a of the WELL feature.

Alternative Adherence Path

Inquiry: Can an automatic shading system that draws shades when sensors indicate that daylight can contribute to glare at workstations be used in lieu of meeting the feature requirements?

Ruling: No, the installation of automated shading devices alone does not meet the feature requirements, as this feature requires demonstration that as a result of the overall lighting design, the project is able to achieve the proper amount of daylighting.

Verification type

Add annotated modeling report as required documentation, remove annotated architectural drawing.

Feature 63: Daylighting fenestration

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To optimize occupant exposure to daylight and limit glare through optimizing fenestration parameters.'

Correction

Change "The following conditions are met:" to "The following conditions are met on façades along regularly occupied spaces:"

Feature 64: Interior fitness circulation

Type Description
Correction

Change the first line of Part 1 from "The following requirements are met for at least one common staircase:" to "In projects of 2 to 4 floors, at least one common staircase meets the following requirements:"

Correction

Change the first line of Part 3 from "Both common stairs and paths of frequent travel display elements of aesthetic appeal in incorporating at least 2 of the following:" to "In projects of 2 to 4 floors, common stairs, entryways and corridors display elements of aesthetic appeal by incorporating at least 2 of the following:"

Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To encourage intermittent bouts of physical activity and reduce sedentary behavior through accessible, safe, and visually appealing stairs, entryways, and corridors.'

Alternative Adherence Path

Staircases located in residential units may be exempt from meeting the requirements of Part 2c (stair width set at a minimum of 1.4m [56 in] between handrails.

Correction

Change "The following requirements are met:" to "The following requirements are met for at least one common staircase:"

Correction

Change "In projects of 2 to 4 floors, at least one staircase meets the following requirements:" to "In projects of 2 to 4 floors, at least one common staircase meets the following requirements:"

Correction

Change "Both stairs and paths of frequent travel" to "Both common stairs and paths of frequent travel"

Feature 65: Activity incentive programs

Type Description
Alternative Adherence Path

Incentives of a $200 amount provided to employees for demonstration of independent regular exercise, healthy eating habits, biometric screenings or other independent activities to promote a healthy lifestyle may be used as one of the two required compliance strategies for Feature 65.

Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To promote active lifestyles through the provision of physical activity incentive programs.'

Verification type

Under Appendix D, change the feature type for Part 1 from "(Protocol)" to "(Organizational Protocol)"

Alternative Adherence Path

For Part 1 (Activity Incentive Programs), alternative monetary values may be accepted. For Part 1b, the owner must make available 50% of the cost of the average local (within 10 miles) gym membership. To comply with Part 1c, the owner must subsidize participation in up to two races, sports teams, or two group fitness activities. To comply with Part 1d, the owner must subsidize up to two training programs in professional gyms, studios, or other fitness facilities. Alternative monetary values that are based on the wages or salaries of the occupants are not approved.

Feature 66: Structured fitness opportunities

Type Description
Verification type

Under Appendix D, change the feature type for Parts 1 and 2 from "(Protocol)" to "(Organizational Protocol)"

Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To promote safe and convenient exercise through access to on-site professional fitness training and education.'

Feature 67: Exterior active design

Type Description
Intent

In the Feature description, remove the second paragraph. Replace with the following text:
'Intent: To promote active lifestyles through the integration of active design elements into the building exterior.'

Verification type

Add Owner Letters of Assurance as required documentation, remove Architect Letter of Assurance.