A Better Way to Build: Healthy, Green Affordable Homes
Enterprise recently announced an exciting new collaboration with the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) in preparation for the launch of our 2020 Green Communities Criteria. At the beginning of our partnership last year, IWBI President Rachel Gutter and I met to discuss our joint efforts.
In 2004, Enterprise Community Partners launched the Green Communities initiative, the first national green building program focused entirely on affordable housing. This new collaboration will cross walk the WELL v2 Building Standard and our own Criteria to create a new, best-in-class, certification pathway that not only makes well-designed homes affordable, but advances our commitment to improved health outcomes for low- to moderate-income communities.
On episode 11 of the Building Blocks podcast, Rachel and I talk about our goals for this collaboration, new iterations of both criteria, performance metrics, measurable impacts, authentic leadership and the rigorous classification that makes for green and healthy affordable housing.
Under Rachel's guidance, IWBI’s latest iteration of the performance-based certification system marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based scientific research. Based on 10 categories of building performance – Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Thermal Comfort, Sound, Materials, Mind and Community – WELL is the leading tool for advancing health and well-being in real estate globally.