Ever heard of LEED building design standards? Of course you have! LEED is an acronym for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” and it is the US Green Building Council (USGBC) rating system to indicate the level of a building’s sustainable design and environmental performance. New buildings can be constructed to LEED standards, and existing buildings can be renovated to meet those standards. Several buildings in Tampa’s downtown have become LEED certified after-the-fact.
But have you heard of WELL community design standards? Maybe not? While LEED standards indicate the level of a building’s design standards and performance in terms of environmental sustainability, WELL standards indicate community design standards in terms of human health and wellness. The WELL standards evaluate community design in terms air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.
And if you have never heard of WELL community design standards, you will soon have an opportunity to see for yourself what a WELL community is. The Water Street development underway in Tampa’s downtown is designed to WELL standards that focus on air and water quality, natural light, and pedestrian-friendly spaces that encourage human interaction. This community will be the world’s first WELL Certified city district. Development is expected to be completed by 2021. What exciting news for Tampa!