The WELL Building Standard: A new system for healthier buildings

Speaker: Helen Brennek, M. Eng, EIT, LEED AP, WSP Canada

Location: Policy Labs, CIRS Building, 2260 West Mall

Date and Time:  1-2 PM, Friday, May 13th

ABSTRACT:

Helen will speak about the WELL Building Standard and her work at WSP. As the use of WELL is still relatively uncommon, this presentation will focus on the standard itself, with some sharing of lessons learned in WSP’s work with the standard to date. WELL is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. WELL is grounded in a body of medical research that explores the connection between the buildings where we spend more than 90 percent of our time, and the health and wellness impacts on us as occupants.

BIOGRAPHY:

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Helen Brennek began working in 2014 with WSP Canada’s Sustainability & Energy (S&E) team after graduating with her MEng in Clean Energy Engineering from UBC. As part of the S&E team, she has worked on a range of corporate sustainability, energy efficiency, and sustainable buildings projects. Helen is a former Trainee of the Sustainable Building Science Program. She has a Bachelor in Environmental Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario, and a varied background with past experiences in property condition assessment, nuclear safety compliance, city infrastructure, and biomechanical engineering for international women’s health.