UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


UCL IEDE seminar: Building Health and Wellbeing: Standards and Business Case

21 March 2017, 5:30 pm–8:30 pm


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UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Room G22, Pearson Building, UCL, WC1E 6BT, London

“Building Health and Wellbeing: Standards and Business Case”

Tuesday 21st March 2017, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Room G22, Pearson Building, UCL, WC1E 6BT, London

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You are invited to attend a UCL IEDE hosted seminar at UCL – a unique opportunity to learn more about the role that schemes such as the WELL Building Standard are playing in driving the business case for building health and wellbeing, both in commercial and residential buildings. The event will cover the philosophy behind the development of the Standard and the broader drivers for embedding health and wellbeing in buildings and place-making. A panel session will discuss the most immediate and future implications of this agenda for industry and research.

17:15                     Registration

17:40 – 17:45    Dr Marcella Ucci, UCL IEDE Senior Lecturer in Environmental and Healthy Buildings:

"Welcome and introductions" 

17:45 – 18:30    Sarah Welton, Vice President, International Well Building Institute:

Introduction to the Well Building Standard – the business case for office buildings and residential developments"

18:30 – 18:50    Dr Elanor Warwick, Head of Strategic Policy and Research, Clarion Housing Group: 

"Futureproofing our homes and neighbourhoods: perspectives on the ‘value’ of wellbeing"

18:50 – 19:20    Panel discussion

Judit Kimpian,   Panel Chair, Chair of the Sustainability Group, Architects Council of Europe

Lynn Sullivan,    Panel member, LSA Studio

Julie Godefroy, Panel member, Sustainability Consultant

Alan Fogarty,    Panel member, Cundalls

19:20 – 20:30   Refreshments and networking


This event is kindly supported by the CIBSE School Design Group



Sarah Welton, Vice President, International Well Building Institute

"Introduction to the Well Building Standard – the business case for office buildings and residential developments"

Buildings have always been designed to protect human health, but recent advancements in science and technology have shown buildings can be even more thoughtfully designed to do much more than just protect us from infectious disease and noxious uses. Buildings also have the power to support our health, happiness and productivity. Through the third-party performance verification process, WELL Certification provides visible evidence a building is providing the highest quality indoor environment to its occupants. The WELL Building Standard gives every stakeholder – from owners to tenants to occupants – an opportunity to capitalize on increased property values, improved productivity and enhanced satisfaction. This breadth of impact makes WELL not only a wise choice for investors, but a smart decision for public health advocates since WELL makes being healthy an easier choice. 


Dr Elanor Warwick, Head of Strategic Policy and Research, Clarion Housing Group

"Futureproofing our homes and neighbourhoods: perspectives on the ‘value’ of wellbeing"

Creating places that foster wellbeing is a widely acknowledged aim of sustainable neighbourhoods. But to what extent is it considered in the practical decisions for making these places, the business case for building new homes or even maintaining the wellbeing of existing communities? Reflecting on the way that Clarion Housing Association as a landlord for over 129,000 homes makes asset, development and regeneration decisions, I argue that wellbeing is a critical factor to consider – but only one aspect of being a business for social purpose. Following the quantitative turn in social value assessment, I will explore a new tool to include social value and the wellbeing of residents in what historically has been a finance-led approach to value assessment.  Illustrating our evolving undertaking of and changing perceptions to the interaction of homes and their contribution to wellbeing.




Dr Marcella Ucci

Dr Marcella Ucci is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental and Healthy Buildings at the Bartlett's UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering. She is Course Director of the MSc Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings. She graduated in architecture from the University of Naples (Italy), and then obtained an MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering, and a PhD in indoor air quality and modelling – both from the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, UCL. Her expertise includes building monitoring and modelling, health impact of buildings (especially biological such as dust mites), application of epidemiological methods to built environment studies, and operational aspect of buildings - especially occupant behaviour.


Sarah Welton

As a member of the IWBI Technical Solutions team, Sarah Welton serves as the primary point of contact for both prospective and registered WELL projects, and leads the effort in adapting the Standard to WELL’s growing international markets. Sarah also acts as a subject matter expert for both external and internal constituents in support of the overall administration of the WELL Building Standard and the WELL Certification process. Previously a member of the product development team, she helped create the WELL Building Standard, as well as subsequent pilot standards. Previously a member of the product development team, she helped create the WELL Building Standard, as well as subsequent pilot standards. Prior to joining IWBI, Sarah worked in commercial real estate finance for Wells Fargo Bank in Atlanta, where her clients were single family residential and high net worth developers, as well as multifamily, retail and office real estate investment trusts across the southeast. She has also assisted in the development of community redevelopment strategies in both Atlanta and New York City. Sarah earned a dual master's degree in Public Health and Urban Planning from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She earned her bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Georgia's Terry School of Business. Sarah is also a triathlon coach and yoga instructor, and coached Delos' first triathlon team, which competed in the New York City Triathlon in July 2015. 


Dr Elanor Warwick

Elanor’s experience and career has bridged three spheres: vocational practice of architecture, academic research, and managing national research programmes. She is Head of Strategic Policy and Research for Clarion Housing Group, one of England’s largest Housing Associations, working in over 176 local authorities, owning or managing over 129,000 properties.  After designing social housing, schools and health building for a decade, her research career started as Research Fellow at UCL with Professor Michael Marmot. In 2001 she moved into housing, establishing research programme evaluating Peabody Trust’s innovative schemes such as Murray Grove and BedZED, ensuring that sustainability innovations were translated into practical delivery of better, more affordable housing. Between 2003 and 2011 CABE Elanor was Head of Research at CABE managing a diverse and extensive programme of research covering all sectors of the built environment and design process; from the value of urban design to the impact of design on building users. The team produced evidence to shape national policy and embed good design practices within the design and construction industry. She participated in many industry and research council funded research projects.


Judit Kimpian

Dr Judit Kimpian is the Chair of the Architects Council of Europe Sustainability Group, promoting better regulatory and financial incentives to achieve a step change in building performance on behalf of over 0.5M architects in the EU. Judit was previously Director of Sustainable Architecture and Research at Aedas/AHR where she led collaborative research projects worth over £1.5M to reveal the scale of the gap between the expected and achieved performance of buildings. As an architect, with a background in parametric modelling Judit was responsible for major international projects such as the Dubai Metro Station envelope designs and other projects requiring specialist design and fabrication methods. Judit is a regularly contributes to professional publications and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences.


Lynn Sullivan

Lynne is a co-founding partner of sustainableBYdesign, born out of the design arm of Inbuilt which she joined as Design Director in 2008. Lynne has an outstanding track record as a Project Architect specialising in sustainable and low-energy developments, of which many have won awards and competitions, been shortlisted for awards, have been exhibited as exemplars in design, and monitored as demonstration projects. Her work as a Project Architect also includes workplace buildings, for a low-carbon office for BP at Sunbury, and for the International Faculty Building for Royal Holloway College University of London in 2000, subject of a pioneering BSRIA monitoring study, and winner of an RIBA Regional Design Award. She has also carried out innovative and low-energy refurbishment projects, including the regeneration of Hazlewood & Adair towers in Kensington, which received European grant funding under the "Energie" programme to upgrade building fabric to PassivHaus standards and incorporate heat recovery ventilation and heat pump hot water and space heating. Lynne was awarded the OBE for services to Architecture in the New Year’s Honors List 2011. 


Julie Godefroy

Julie is a sustainability consultant. She has a PhD in low-carbon buildings and is a chartered engineer, BREEAM AP and WELL AP. She was previously Sustainability Associate in a large consultancy. She now works part time for Delos providing consultancy services on the WELL Building Standard, for CIBSE on the upcoming Technical Memorandum on Health and Wellbeing, and on other projects including Tranquil City. She has been involved in a variety of projects from early master planning stages through to post-occupancy evaluation, as well as policy work. She has worked in most sectors, with a particular interest in housing, the arts sector, and heritage buildings. She is on the advisory group for UCL’s MSc Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings and on the National Trust’s Historic Environment Group and Design Advice Forum.


Alan Fogarty

Alan heads up Cundall's sustainability group in the UK, that specialises in low-energy and sustainable building design. A building services engineer by training, he has gained extensive knowledge of natural ventilation design, passive design techniques and assessment of natural lighting and energy. He has also developed specialised fields of competence in chilled ceiling systems, the application of Building Regulations (Part L) and BREEAM. Alan joined Cundall in 1999. Prior to that, he worked for a number of years in Australia where he gained in-depth experience in passive building design for the Sydney Olympics. Outside work, Alan is a keen DIYer and motorcyclist, when not chasing after his young son and daughter.