ASHRAE - WELL Buildings

May 06, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Course Description:

The WELL Building Standard is an evidence-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring the performance of building features that impact health and well-being. WELL builds on LEED, expanding from building sustainability to advance health and well-being in buildings globally. WELL is administered by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and well-being through the built environment.

By integrating more wellness into the built environment, we encourage healthy lifestyles. The business case is made for lower health insurance premiums, less absenteeism, higher productivity, and more. After all, people spend around 90% of their time indoors (Source: EPA).

While the virtual workplace is more apparent in the post pandemic world, buildings becoming healthier and buildings that make their occupants healthier has become a primary driving force of bringing occupants back into the commercial workplace.


Nathan Stodola from IWBI and Matthew Breitel from JB&B will be the speakers in this presentation. The presentation will be diving into WELL v2, categories that influence MEP design, key players in a WELL bldg. project, associated documentation and specifications, levels of certification, ongoing testing and maintenance principles, and a case study that shows how a consulting engineer implemented WELL bldg. principles into the HVAC design of the project.


  • WELL v2 high level + categories: 15 min
  • Levels of certification/ Ongoing testing/Key documentation: 15 min
  • Case Study – HVAC design for a WELL Bldg: 20 min
  • Q/A Session: 10 min


Total time:   60 min

Nathan Stodola leads the standard development team and serves as Chief Engineer at the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). In this capacity, he works with strategies to improve health and well-being through the built environment through the WELL Building Standard, the WELL Portfolio program, and the WELL AP credential. Prior to working at IWBI, Nathan worked at the University Transportation Research Council at City College, where he designed a detailed quantitative tool to help the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council create federally required Regional Transportation Plans. Nathan holds Master of Science degrees in mechanical engineering (Columbia University) and transportation engineering (City College). He received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Union College, with a minor in music.


Matthew Breitel joined JB&B in 2012 and serves as an Associate in the firm.  He has played an instrumental role in the design of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems for various projects worldwide, and currently leads the design and construction administration phases of various projects at One Vanderbilt, the 1,401 ft. supertall in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, where his responsibilities include project management, coordination, design, calculations, preparation of construction documents and field observations.  He has previously worked on projects for a wide variety of building types, such as commercial office, laboratory and healthcare, including the West Tower at the Alexandria Center for Life Science, the Neurosurgery Inpatient Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering and the Nestlé SHIELD North American Headquarters.

Mr. Breitel earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York.  He is a member of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat NY Future Leaders, New York Building Congress Young Professionals Committee and an ACE Mentor for the ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York City. He is also the recipient of the 2020 ASHRAE New York Rising Star Award.