International WELL Building Institute™ advances health and wellness in the built environment throughout China

First WELL Certified Project in Asia and Long-Term Commitments to the WELL Building Standard™ Signify Continued Expansion

New York, NY (October 6, 2016) – Just two years after the public release of v1 of the WELL Building Standard (WELL), the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) reports tremendous industry growth in China’s healthy building sector through its WELL Certification program. With over 13 million square feet and 50 projects now registered or certified under WELL in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, key milestones in the market include:

  • The WELL Certification of Haworth Inc.’s showroom in Shanghai, which in September 2016 became the first WELL Certified project in Asia, signifying a monumental step in the growth of WELL globally. Haworth’s showroom is WELL Certified™ Silver – Pilot Program, and also achieved LEED v4 Gold certification for Commercial Interiors from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
  • The topping off of the Z13 office tower in the Beijing CBD Core Area, China Life Financial Center, also announced in September 2016 by IWBI, China Life Insurance (Group) Company and Chinese real estate developer Sino-Ocean Group. Registered to pursue WELL Core & Shell Certification, China Life Financial Center is one of fifteen iconic towers to which the Chinese government has dedicated the country’s most prominent commercial land to showcase the CBD Core Area as a global center for financial and service industries.
  • Various organizations in China are working towards broader WELL adoption and training WELL Accredited Professionals. To date, three strategic partners in China have committed to register over 60 million square feet of WELL space over the next two years. These partners include Sino-Ocean Group, China Academy of Building Research -Shanghai, and Shanghai Research Institute of Building Science.
  • New World Development Company Limited’s Kings Road project in Hong Kong is the first to achieve WELL Precertification, which was awarded at the Gold level. Other WELL Precertified projects include Citigroup’s Citi Hong Kong OBE East Tower office project, and the nearly 1.5 million square-foot Core Area of Beijing CBD Z3 Project, precertified at the Gold level, invested and co-developed by the country’s largest investment bank firm – China International Capital Corp. (CICC) as its office space.

“China has been one of our fastest-growing markets for WELL Certification, and it has been tremendously exciting to see such enthusiasm and support for developing buildings that positively impact human health and wellness in China and beyond,” said IWBI Founder Paul Scialla.

In September alone, six major projects across different typologies registered to pursue WELL Certification in China, totaling 2.2 million square feet. These projects represent a broad range of high-level developments pursuing innovative ways to improve the quality of built environments.  Among these is China Merchants Property Development, a subsidiary of China Merchants Group, which has committed to certify its flagship project, China Merchants Central Times, a 23-story office building with 250,499 square feet in Shenzhen.  The project is being developed by China Merchant Shekou Holdings.  One of the earliest real estate developers in China, China Merchant Property Development has assets totaling US $23 billion with projects in 30 major cities across China.  Other recently registered projects include Xuhui Riverside Tower 1 and Tower 2 in Shanghai’s Xuhui District, the SCGWujian Office Tower in Shanghai, and two projects from Sino-Ocean Group in Hangzhou – the Grand Canal Place and International Center.

WELL is an evidence and performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features that impact human health and well-being in the built environment, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. WELL complements green building rating programs such as LEED, Three Star and BREEAM, and is third-party certified by Green Business Certification, Inc.—the same body that administers 10+ billion square feet of LEED buildings globally. To date, WELL has enrolled more than 270 building projects in 24 countries.

WELL achievements in the Chinese market will be commemorated at a dedicated session today at Greenbuild 2016 in Los Angeles in the IWBI Lounge (booth 929). For more information, please visit

About the International WELL Building Institute

The International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) is a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and well-being through the built environment. Public benefit corporations like IWBI are an emerging U.S. structure for corporations committed to balancing public benefits with profitability – harnessing the power of private capital for greater good. IWBI administers the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) – a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of buildings that impact the health and well-being of the people who live, work, and learn in them. Fulfilling the vision of IWBI Founder Paul Scialla, IWBI has a pioneering altruistic capitalism model that will address social responsibility and demonstrate a sustainable model for philanthropy. IWBI has committed to direct 51 percent of net profits, after taxes, generated by registration fees, certification fees and recertification fees received from real estate projects applying for WELL Certification toward charitable contributions and impact investment focused on health, wellness and the built environment. IWBI was established by Delos in 2013 pursuant to a Clinton Global Initiative commitment to improve the way people live by developing spaces that enhance occupant health and quality of life by sharing the WELL Building Standard globally.

About the WELL Building Standard™

The WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact the health and well-being of the people who live, work, and learn in the buildings. WELL focuses on seven categories of building performance: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. Pioneered by Delos, the WELL Building Standard is grounded in evidence-based medical research that demonstrates the connection between the buildings where we spend more than 90 percent of our time and health and wellness impacts on us as occupants. The WELL Building Standard is administered by the International WELL Building Institute™ and third-party certified by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI).

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