Well Building Standard

Evolving science and evidence-based research suggest a strong relationship between the buildings in which we live our lives and overall human health. Now more than ever, the role that a physical environment can play in an older person’s wellbeing cannot be understated.

This is why Cooper’s Corner—as well as all new builds in the Monarch Community—is seeking a WELL Certification by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) through WELL v2™. The goal here is to create spaces that enhance health and well-being; therefore, with this goal in mind, we chose to pursue this certification because it aligns seamlessly with our core values.

Learn more about our core values and our commitment to WELL Certified senior living.

More About the WELL Building Standard Version 2 (WELL v2)

The WELL Building Standard version 2 (WELL v2) is the world’s premier standard for buildings and organizations to deliver more thoughtful and intentional spaces that enhance human health and well-being.

Anchored by the latest scientific research and industry best practices, WELL v2 includes a set of strategies that aim to advance human health through design interventions and operational policies.

Through a performance-based, highly-accessible, and equitable rating system, we are monitored and assessed on a continuous basis in an effort to always be making improvements. After all, measuring and improving the quality of the air, water, and light are all part of the Monarch standards.

WELL v2 is founded on the following principles:

Global: Incorporating feedback from thousands of members of a global community means that the certification is always improving.

Evidence-based: Drawing upon rigorous bodies of research across varying disciplines means that these practices are validated by experts.

Technically robust: Using performance verification and a rigorous third-party verification process helps define industry best practices and validate strategies

Equitable: Aiming to benefit a wide variety of people, including the elderly and the staff who look after them.

Customer-focused: Coaching services, dynamic resources, and an intuitive platform ensures the success of WELL users.

Resilient: Keeping pace with advances in research, science, technology, and society helps the platform continuously improve.

Designed with Purpose

Our spaces—both Cooper’s Corner and future builds—uphold the highest level of integrity when it comes to design safety and wellbeing. In order to do this, WELL certifies up to 10 aspects in the environment:

Air & Water

This includes achieving high levels of indoor air & water quality across a building’s lifetime through diverse strategies that include elimination or reduction of pollutants, operational strategies, and more.

Nourishment

This includes requiring the availability of highly nutritious foods. It encourages the creation of food environments where the healthiest choice is the easiest choice.

Light

This includes efforts to create lighting that promotes visual, mental, and biological health. After all, evidence shows that light exposure has an impact on the mood, reduces symptoms of depression in individuals, and affects how people recover and heal.

Movement

This includes promoting physical activity in everyday life, whether that’s through environmental design or promoting programs to ensure that movement is integrated into the fabric of our culture, buildings, and communities.

Thermal Comfort

This includes providing a maximum level of thermal comfort among all building users through improved HVAC system design and control. This can, in turn, increase human productivity.

Sound

This includes identifying sounds within an enclosed space that may hinder productivity, focus, and memory retention (HVAC equipment, appliances, other occupants) and, thereby, working to mitigate those sounds to bolster occupant health and well-being.

Materials

This includes reducing human exposure—whether direct or through environmental contamination—to chemicals that may impact health during the construction, remodeling, furnishing, and operation of buildings.

Mind

This includes enhancing the overall environment as well as affecting mental health factors such as work conditions, lifestyle, and health behaviors. This is in an effort to improve the cognitive and emotional health of those living, working, and spending time in built spaces.

Community

This includes offering access to essential medical care, building a healthy culture that accommodates diverse population needs, and establishing an inclusive, engaged occupant community.

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