Coaches & Surveys
The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) has recently provided the general public with two new Free WELL Resources. One of the tools the IWBI has provided is in the form of a survey which helps an existing building or new construction project assess whether or not it would be a good fit for certification. The other tool is called a WELL Coach and is essentially an IWBI representative that is provided to all newly registered WELL projects.
WELL Resource #1 WELL Coaches
A WELL Coach is a Champion for Your Project
A WELL Coach is an IWBI Technical Solutions team member that is provided as a guide available to provide assistance, support, and answer your project specific questions during the entire WELL certification process.
WELL Coaches are IWBI Staff
WELL Coaches are IWBI Technical Solutions team members. You can find a complete list of the WELL Coaches that are available to a newly registered project here.
Your WELL Coach is Available Throughout the Process
The WELL Project Administrator is the direct liaison between the WELL coach and the WELL project team. WELL Coaches supports your WELL project during every step of the certification process. For example, a WELL coach can assist with everything from helping you set goals to providing PR guidance after the project is certified.
What is the catch? There is no catch. The only requirement to gain access to WELL Coach is to register a building or project for certification. Before registering your building or project for WELL certification, we encourage you to read more about the IWBI’s new (and free) WELL Feasibility Survey below.
WELL Coaches provide broad support:
- Discuss the project and set certification goals
- Answer questions about the certification process
- Provide technical support
- Give feedback on project scorecards/checklists
- Talk about potential Alternative Adherence Paths
- Assist with PR and case studies of the project
- Discuss recertification
WELL Certification Timeline Estimator
WELL Resource #2 WELL Feasibility Survey
A Gap Analysis for WELL Building Certification
The WELL Feasibility Survey is a short questionnaire the IWBI created to provide feedback about how easy or difficult it would be for a particular building or new construction project to earn WELL certification. The online survey only asks questions directed towards the required features of the WELL Building Standard. Therefore, it does not provide feedback on the target certification level a project is projected to receive.
Nonetheless, it is a great starting point for anyone new to the WELL Building Standard. Here is a link to access this free tool and see what big or small hurdles your building or project might face in order to become WELL certified.
Explore WELL in 10 Minutes
The WELL Feasibility Survey is a quick, 35-question survey that only takes about 10 minutes (or less) to complete. You start by providing some feedback about the size, type, and location of your project. Then you dive into questions directed towards assessing the preconditions, or things you must do to earn WELL certification. Most of the questions provide insight into what the WELL Building Standard aims to do for a certain feature. Most of the questions give multiple-choice answers that you can pick from along the lines of: Yes, No, or Maybe.
Once you have answered all of the questions you simply click submit the answers and receive instant feedback. Upon completion they also provide you with additional links to download a WELL scorecard or even to register your project.
And the Survey Says…
The feedback is provided in an easily interpretable way with either a check, and x, or a (-) followed by an explanation.
Example of Question Prompts:
Example of Survey Feedback:
WELL Certification Process
To further analyze whether or not a WELL Building Certification is right for you (learn more about cost, what certification level is achievable, and more) you may want to reach out to a WELL AP. We have several WELL APs that would be happy to provide you with more information if you simply want to reach out through our LEED and WELL consulting page (gbes.com/leed-consulting-services). If you leave a message on this page, we will be sure to get back to you right away. Alternatively, you may want to do more research on your own and can access more free and paid tools through the IWBI’s website here: https://www.wellcertified.com/en/resources