IALD launches WELL Guidelines for manufacturers

(USA) – The WELL v2 pilot focuses on improving comfort and enhancing health and wellness.

The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), has issued guidelines for lighting manufacturers to help designers determine if their designs meet the WELL Building Standard criteria. 

The WELL v2 pilot is the latest version of the WELL Building Standard, a rating system that focuses on the way that buildings and everything in them can improve our comfort and enhance our health and wellness.

“Well-designed lighting systems can help improve productivity, support a restful night’s sleep and enhance the overall experience of being in a space,” says IWBI President Rachel Gutter. “Through WELL, and with the support of industry leaders like IALD, we aim to make it as easy as possible for designers, manufacturers and building operators to create spaces that help people thrive.”

The WELL v2 pilot was launched in 2018 and included a revised section for Light, one of the ten concepts covered by the standard. The WELL Light concept promotes exposure to light and aims to create lighting environments that are optimal for visual, mental and physical health.

Eight features (L01-L08) comprise the Light concept and define specific technical requirements. Some of these features require documentation and validation from lighting manufacturers to assist lighting specifiers in determining if their designs will meet the criteria.

The IALD and the LIRC provide guidelines for best practices on technical requirements of four features that require documentation: circadian lighting, glare, colour rendering and flicker.