The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) has recently announced a collaboration with the American Society of Interior Designers on a new conference, dubbed The Well Conference, to launch in April of 2020. Modeled after the U.S. Green Building Council and its LEED education, credentialing, and certification programs, IWBI is led by Rick Fedrizzi, former CEO and founding chair of USGBC. Founded in 2014, the organization aims to apply rigor to creating healthy buildings across building types.
If you’d like to know more about the “wellness movement,” Curbed has published a recent article on the subject, “Can the Right Home Make You Live Longer“? And if you’d like to dig into the roots of the non-profit IWBI in the for-profit startup, Delos, read Forbes’ “This Ex-Goldman Trader And His $800 Million Startup Hope You’ll Pay Extra For Real Estate That Aces A ‘Wellness’ Test.” Delos has a long list of notables on its advisory board, and offers products and services to the residential, hospitality, and commercial building sectors.
California real estate speculators appear to be early adopters of the approach to selling houses. See the $45 million house for car enthusiasts on the Wall Street Journal’s Mansion Global website, and a story about the trend in the LA Business Journal and on the Wall Street Journal’s subscription site.