WHAT IS USGBC LEED?

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an independent third-party green building rating system and certification program. LEED was originally launched by the U.S. Green Building Council (US GBC) in 1998, and today is the most widely used green building rating system. It combines the latest scientific research and practical knowledge to provide the specific tools and overall framework on how to develop highly efficient sustainable buildings and neighborhoods. LEED is available for all building types including residential as well as commercial and for all phases of the building process including new construction, interior, operations and maintenance and core and shell.

WHAT IS IWBI WELL?

WELL is a building standard focusing on human health and wellness and was originally launched by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) in 2014. WELL was developed by integrating scientific and medical research on environmental health, behavioral factors, and demographic risk factors that affect health with leading practices in building design, construction, and operation. It is an independent third-party certification program administered through IWBI in collaboration with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). Today WELL is the leading tool for advancing health and well-being in buildings.

WHAT IS WEFAS?

W – WATER

W-1 WATER FILTRATION

W-2 HOT WATER

W-3 COLD WATER

W-4 WATER AS AN ART FORM

E – EARTH

E-1 EARTH AS BIOMASS

E-2 EARTH AS BIOMASS

E-3 RADON MITIGATION

E-4 EARTH AS AN ART FORM

F – FIRE

F-1 LIGHTING

F-2 RED LIGHT THERAPY

F-3 FOOD PROCESSING

F-4 FIRE AS AN ART FORM

A – AIR

A-1 AIR FILTRATION

A-2 AIR HEATING AND COOLING

A-3 FOOD STORAGE

A-4 OTHER STORAGE

A-5 AIR AS AN ART FORM

S – SPACE

S-1 SPACE FOR MEDITATION

S-2 SPACE FOR PUBLIC GATHERING

S-3 SPACE FLEXIBILITY

S-4 SPECE AS AN ART FORM

WEFAS, the inspiration behind the name of the firm, is an alternative independent building rating system focusing on health and longevity as quantity and quality of life and the impact the design can make on the surrounding environment and people. It is based on theory of aging first introduced by Aubrey de Grey in his book Ending Aging in 2007 and later described by CarlosLópez-Otín et. al. in the scientific paper “The Hallmarks of Aging” published in Cell Magazine 2013. Sandra Kaufmann finally quantified and organized the rating system in her book “Why We Age and How To Stop it.”  WEFAS is applying Kaufman Protocol to investigate constructed buildings and space on the environment and the effect on health and longevity of its occupants.

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?

To explain difference between widely accepted IWBI WELL building standard and WEFAS, we can compare them to a food pyramid, where IWBI WELL is a traditional FDA approved, while WEFAS is an equivalent of  a proprietary dieting theory such as bulletproof, low-carb or paleo.

WEFAS Architecture is committed to the latest scientific research and technological advances in the field of health and longevity by following principles outlined in the Kaufmann Protocol.