We’re excited to publish today our latest ebook, The rise of buildings and places that help me thrive – How the WELL Building Standard sparked a movement.

It’s published in collaboration with the International WELL Building Institute.

When we first wrote about WELL – and we claim we were the first in Australia to do so – we knew this was something big.

The industry instantly took it to heart and today Australia leads the Asia Pacific in take up of WELL-certified buildings. The amount of floor space falling under that umbrella now is a gobsmacking 80 million square metres. 

But how was that number reached? What were the business and human drivers that make this such a success story?

The story of WELL is one borne of necessity and that of a great idea whose time has come.

Our book takes you through the logic of that take up and delves into the case studies from companies such as Lendlease, Investa and Charter Hall to explain why these leading property owners jumped on the bandwagon.

We also take an international look in this book at how National University of Singapore and Canadian based Oxford Properties have integrated the opportunities.

When you think of what WELL actually encourages and assesses –  air, water, nourishment, light, movement, thermal comfort, sound, materials, mind and community – you can see what all the fuss is about.

This is a useful, clear and practical publication that will add to our library of resources to help the whole industry progress with better outcomes in buildings and overall built environment.

Huge thanks to our partners, IWBI, the entire team in the US and in Australia, our contacts and sources for the editorial, property owners, writers and our internal production team.


Tina Perinotto
Managing editor and publisher
The Fifth Estate

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  1. The problem with this new focus on WELL in buildings is that it is only ever going to be applied to top end of the building stock that already have some of the highest health standards in the world. The lowest quality building stock where we are most likely to see serious negative health impacts on occupants will never seek a WELL rating and will see no improvement due to other buildings achieving a rating. So it seems to me that the WELL rating system will only result in an improvement for those who already experience some of the highest health standards in the world and do little to improve the standards for those who actually require it.
    This is different to Green Star and Climate Active etc which is also only implemented by the top end of the building market but has wider societal benefits by using collective resources more efficiently and reducing the impact of buildings on the environment.
    Whilst I am confident that the industry can ‘walk and chew gum at the same time’ we need to make sure that WELL ratings are viewed as being a ‘nice to have’ but that we need to focus primarily on the key sustainability challenges of climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss.