What is WELL?

The WELL Building Standard that monitors and certifies the impact a building has on human health. Well Building Standard focuses on air water nourishment light fitness comfort and mind. Using a performance based system relying on medical research, WELL building standard aims to become a medical research focus driven standard.

WELL Exam Requirements

You must be 18 years of age to take the WELL AP Exam

Candidates looking to take the WELL AP Exam should have an understanding of health and wellness in the built environment. It is recommended for candidates to get education surrounding the WELL Building Rating System before taking the WELL Exam.

Concepts of WELL



Optimize and achieve indoor air quality. Strategies include removal of airborne contaminants, prevention and purification.


Optimize water quality while promoting accessibility. Strategies include removal of contaminants through filtration and treatment, and strategic placement.


Encourage healthy eating habits by providing occupants with healthier food choices, behavioral cues, and knowledge about nutrient quality.


Minimize disruption to the body’s circadian rhythm. Requirements for window performance and design, light output and lighting controls, and task-appropriate illumination levels are included to improve energy, mood and productivity.


Utilize building design technologies and knowledge-based strategies to encourage physical activity. Requirements are designed to provide numerous opportunities for activity and exertion, enabling occupants to accommodate fitness regimens within their daily schedule.


Create an indoor environment that is distraction-free, productive, and soothing. Solutions include design standards and recommendations, thermal and acoustic controllability, and policy implementation covering acoustic and thermal parameters that are known sources of discomfort.


Support mental and emotional health, providing the occupant with regular feedback and knowledge about their environment through design elements, relaxation spaces, and state-of-the-art technology.

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