25 King Brisbane is Queensland’s first building to receive a Platinum WELL Core and Shell Certification. Photography: Aurecon and Lendlease, Copyright Leah Desborough

The number of WELL-certified buildings in the Asia Pacific has doubled in the past year to nearly 80 million square metres, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) has announced. 

The WELL performance rating is a global framework for monitoring the health and well-being of communities. It assesses how “healthy” a building is across 10 categories: air, water, nourishment, light, movement, thermal comfort, sound, materials, mind and community.

The IWBI said that the COVID-19 pandemic had led to a rapid uptake of health, safety and well-being considerations in buildings, communities and organisations, bringing WELL-approved healthy buildings to 300 million square metres globally.

The IWBI revealed that Australia leads the market with about 25 per cent of commercial office space now WELL-enrolled, largely spurred by workplaces wanting to support a return to the workplace. 

China is currently ranked first in the world for the total amount of WELL certification with 22 million sq m, while India, Thailand and Hong Kong are now among the top 10 performing markets across the globe. 

“To put it simply, WELL has exploded across the region over the past two years,” said Jack Noonan, vice president IWBI Australia and New Zealand.

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