UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Students visit first WELL Certified building in Europe

8 May 2018

Students from the Health, Wellbeing & Sustainable Buildings MSc visited Cundall’s new offices in London. This is the first building in Europe to be certified as reaching the WELL Building Standard.


During the 'Indoor Air Quality in Buildings' module, a core module on the new Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings MSc, students visited Cundall’s London offices as part of their case study analysis. 

Alan Forgaty, Cundall's Sustainability Partner, gave an appraisal of Cundall achieved the standard alongside BREEAM and SKA certifications. He related the problems encountered and solutions put forward. Students asked many questions and were impressed by the ethos of the building as well as its facilities. Ed Wealand, an Associate at Cundall, explained the monitoring devices he has created to ensure IAQ at the offices is kept within WELL standard guidelines.

Alan has kindly agreed that visits will become a yearly event for students on the new Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings MSc, and has provided a number of possible dissertation topics, which will see joint research between UCL and Cundall’s continue. This emphasises UCL IEDE’s strong industrial links, ensuring that the programmes on offer are both current and relevant.

A core aspect of sustainable building design and operation is fostering health, wellbeing and human performance, both of its occupants and of the wider community. However, there is a growing acknowledgement of the health and wellbeing agenda being beyond the provision of current regulations.

Although other standards do address air quality from the perspective of heating and ventilation, the Well Building Standard goes further in determining if the quality of air – whether via air conditioning or natural ventilation - meets ‘medically validated performance-based thresholds for healthy indoor air quality’. WELL is therefore an incredibly powerful framework for making human health the primary driver by medicalising design.