As the newest green building rating system to be adopted by the construction industry, the WELL Building Standard concerns the health and well-being aspects of a living and working environment.
Operating a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of a building that can impact human health, WELL’s paints and coatings criteria relate to interior air quality, material safety and surface reflectivity.
Paints and coatings play a role in the following WELL sections:
1) WELL section Air 04. Air Quality Part 1: Interior paint
For projects in Europe, products complying with the EU directive 2004/42/EC on emissions for paints and coatings are accepted as an alternative to the Air 04 Part 1 requirements for paint in Europe.
2) WELL section Air 11. Basic Material Safety Part 1: Asbestos and lead restriction
Paints and coatings should be lead-free.
3) WELL section Light 59. Surface Design Part 1: Work and learning area
Reflectivity of the surface. Ceilings should have an average LRV of 0.8 (80%) above for at least 80% of the surface. Walls must have an average LRV of 0.7 (70%) above for a minimum of 50% of the surface directly visible from regularly occupied spaces.
4) WELL section Fitness 64. Interior Fitness Circulation Part 3: Facilitating aesthetics
WELL recognizes the value of good aesthetics and attractive use of color in places where people live and work via artworks and decorative paintwork.