SAS International has become the first UK supporting partner for the Blue Building Institute (BBI). The Netherlands-based organisation exists to spread understanding and adoption of the WELL Building Standard.
The WELL Building Standard originated in the US in 2013 and was the first building standard to focus exclusively on human health and wellness.
The people-centric WELL Standard lays out how buildings should be designed to address specific performance criteria. Key aspects of the environment, including interior fittings and furniture, are included, with potentially huge implications for both building designers and product manufacturers.
BBI Strategy Director Ian Davies, said: “We have had a demonstrable impact in Holland, (and) the next stage is to spread out into other countries across Europe.”
BBI is a not-for-profit and relies on sponsorship and financial support from WELL advocates.
Phil Smith, SAS International sales and marketing director, said: “We absolutely support the objectives of the WELL Building Standard and (we) are delighted to have the opportunity to bring it to the attention of the commercial design community in the UK.”
BBI, with the support of SAS, will be promoting WELL in the UK through a series of events and promotional activity. Interested building professionals will be able to find out more through the training and research functions.
Picture Caption: 4 Cannon Street – one of the first UK buildings to go for WELL certification Gold