HDR Experts Chosen for Global IWBI Concept Advisories

The International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) recently announced the appointment of two HDR experts to a new network of global concept advisories to explore, better understand and more accurately quantify the impact of specific health intents of the WELL movement.

Jeri Brittin, Ph.D., director of research at HDR, has been appointed to the WELL Movement Concept Advisory. The Movement concept in WELL promotes movement, physical activity and active living and discourages sedentary behaviors through environmental design strategies, programs and policies.

“I applaud IWBI for engaging experts across relevant disciplines to help propel our understanding of the built environment’s relationships to health,” Brittin said. “I’m honored, in particular, to be part of the Movement Concept Advisory, as improving physical activity and reducing sedentary behavior can potentially have substantial population impacts on vital outcomes including obesity, chronic diseases and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The built environment needs to play a role in systems-oriented solutions.”

Jean Hansen, LEED Fellow, FIIDA, CID, EDAC, sustainable principal at HDR, has been appointed to the WELL Materials Concept Advisory. The Materials concept in WELL aims to reduce human exposure to hazardous building material ingredients through the restriction or elimination of compounds or products known to be toxic and the promotion of safer replacements.

Advisories for the new network are specified by the 10 WELL concepts: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Thermal Comfort, Materials, Sound, Mind and Community. Each WELL concept advisory includes a collection of professionals, practitioners and experts, each serving a one-year term.

IWBI in May successfully launched WELL v2™ pilot, the next version of the WELL Building Standard™. The concept advisories carry the torch of the movement and are intended to advance “both the impact and importance of healthy building in the process,” said IWBI Chairman and CEO Rick Fedrizzi.

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