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Designing Buildings for Health and Wellness

Skill Building Session II
Title:  Designing Buildings for Health and Wellness
Speaker:  Jessica Rose Cooper, Chief Commercial Officer, International WELL Building Institute
Description:  The WELL Building Standard is the first protocol of its kind to focus exclusively on human health and wellness in the built environment. WELL identifies specific conditions, that when holistically integrated into building architecture and design, can enhance the health and wellbeing of occupants.
Jessica, Chief Commercial Officer of the International WELL Building Institute, will share emerging innovations and evidence-based research about how we can design buildings specifically to support the health and wellness of the people who live, work and learn in them. Topics will include an introduction to the WELL Building Standard, lab-based research that supports the benefits of healthy buildings, early examples of WELL spaces, the best innovations in technology, health, science, design for the worksite today, and performance-based metrics for health and wellness in the built environment.
The time has come to elevate human health and comfort to the forefront of building practices and reinvent buildings that are not only better for the planet – but also for people. The presentation will help you incorporate health into the design of the built environment (for both existing and new buildings) as a vehicle to support human health, well-being and comfort.
  • Explore the innovation and history behind the WELL Building Standard
  • Discuss costs and benefits and early examples of WELL buildings
  • Understand performance-based metrics for health and wellness in the built environment.
Speaker Biography: 
A longtime member of the architecture and design industry, Jessica has experience in project management, design, and construction, as well as in developing and executing educational programs for the green building community. Currently at the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) as Chief Commercial Officer, Jessica oversees the end-to-end customer experience, from introduction through to WELL Certification, helping project teams around the world apply the WELL concepts to their projects. Before joining IWBI, Jessica served as Executive Vice President and Director of Sustainability at Delos. 
Jessica is one of the few Provisional WELL Accredited Professionals, having completed a 16-hour WELL training at the Cleveland Clinic in February 2015. A WELL AP since 2016, Jessica is also a WELL Faculty and has thus made many presentations to owners and building professionals about the value of WELL. In addition, Jessica has delivered several half-day and full-day workshops, which provided a technical WELL overview to architects, engineers, sustainability consultants, and contractors. 
A LEED Accredited Professional since 2008, Jessica has also completed a Green Professional Building Skills Training focused on Construction Management. Jessica is a licensed interior designer and holds an NCIDQ Certificate. 
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