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Innovation III

103. Innovation III


To promote the continuous evolution of the Standard by enabling projects to propose a new feature that addresses health and wellness in a novel way.

As the scientific understanding of health continues to evolve, so too does the ability to address complex issues of promoting wellness through the built environment. Recent discoveries in neuroscience, for example, have led to new insights in light’s impact on the human brain, opening the door for addressing sleep disruption through improvements in lighting design. It is likely that similar discoveries will continue to be made. The WELL Building Standard embraces the creative thinking that is needed to address the complex ways in which interior spaces contribute to health and wellness.

Part 1: Innovation Proposal

The feature meets one of the following requirements:

a. Describes how a feature normally not applicable to this project type is relevant to this project.
Part 2: Innovation Support

The feature is supported by the following:

a. The feature is fully substantiated by existing scientific, medical and industry research, and is consistent with applicable laws and regulations and leading practices in building design and management.

Applicability Matrix

Core & Shell New & Existing Buildings New & Existing Interiors
Part 1: Innovation Proposal O O O
Part 2: Innovation Support O O O
Commercial Kitchen Education Multifamily Residential Restaurant Retail
Part 1: Innovation Proposal O O O O O
Part 2: Innovation Support O O O O O

Verification Methods Matrix

Letters of Assurance Annotated Documents On-Site Checks
PART 1 (Innovation)
Innovation Proposal
Innovation Proposal
PART 2 (Innovation)
Innovation Support
Innovation Proposal