Congratulations to Hana who recently passed her WELL AP exam! We are delighted to have a WELL AP on staff.
Hana had been interested in WELL and obtaining her credential for a few years now and used the bit of extra time over lockdown to study and prep for this exam. While indoor spaces have always been important, as the average person spends 90% of their time indoors (even before COVID), now more than ever we need to ensure that we are creating healthy and safe environments for everyone.
What is WELL?
As the International WELL Building Institute themselves describes WELL as the first standard that focuses solely on the health and wellness of building occupants. 
As an interior designer, Hana has spent her career striving to create interior spaces that work both functionally and aesthetically, becoming a WELL AP gives her the extra tool to ensure that these buildings are also as healthy as possible.
WELL address the interactions between humans and the built environment using data based on years of research, scientific and medical findings to create optimum indoor environments.
The WELL certification v1 has seven categories of focus:
“The WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) credential denotes expertise in the WELL Building Standard (WELL) and a commitment to advancing human health and wellness in buildings and communities around the world. Now more than ever, the WELL AP community is uniquely positioned to lead a global effort to support the health and well-being of people everywhere.” 
Since COVID-19 took hold of Europe and America, the WELL Building Institute has been issuing guidance in all forms on how buildings can help in the fight against COVID-19. From forming an expert task force on COVID-19, to hosting numerous interesting and informative webinars, to free WELL training and reduced fees for their exams, they have dedicated themselves to educating the industry and the world as a whole, as to why healthy buildings are vital to healthy people. Recently, hundreds of built environment experts joined forces in a statement to WHO urging enhanced guidance on the role of buildings in addressing COVID-19. The article can be found here.
This statement brings together building professionals across the world and through varying disciplines and unifies them in support of the medical and health professionals’ model of doing no harm and applying the precautionary principles in creating buildings that help to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and other airborne pathogens and to improve indoor environments.
"We see this moment, even in the midst of this crisis, as a profound opportunity to reconnect with the importance of place, and the impact of these places where we spend our lives on our health, our well-being, our performance and also our survival. We hope that this global call to action will demonstrate that our buildings, our businesses and our communities can be at the frontlines of this fight if we deploy them wisely.” Rachel Gutter, President, International WELL Building Institute. (IWBI) 
I. W. B. Institute, “The Well Building Standard v1,” New York, NY, 2019.
I. W. B. Institute, “WELL AP,” 2020. [Online]. Available: https://www.wellcertified.com/well-ap/. [Accessed 19 August 2020].
I. W. B. Institute, “Hundreds of Built Environment Experts Join Forces In Statement to WHO Urging Enhanced Guidance on Role of Buildings In Addressing COVID-19,” 4 August 2020. [Online]. Available: https://resources.wellcertified.com/press-releases/hundreds-of-built-environment-experts-join-forces-in-statement-to-who-urging-enhanced-guidance-on-role-of-buildings-in-addressing-covid-19/.