IWBI Named to Fast Company’s Annual List of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019

IWBI Named to Fast Company’s Annual List of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Press Release

(NEW YORK – Feb 21, 2019) –The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) has been named to Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies roster, carrying last year’s momentum around WELL full force into 2019. The list honors businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and culture. IWBI leads the global movement to transform our buildings and communities to help deliver health and wellbeing for all. 

“In 2018, we launched WELL v2, stood up the Portfolio program for existing buildings, expanded our geographic footprint, and crossed some big adoption milestones across industries and sectors,” said IWBI Chairman and CEO Rick Fedrizzi. “That success is built firmly on an internal culture of innovation – in our product, in our delivery model, and in how we engage with our customers.  To be named No. 6 in the wellness category on a list that includes leaders like Peloton and Parsley Health is humbling and gratifying.”

Fedrizzi noted that in 2018, IWBI registered more than 134 million square feet, which is 108% growth over 2017. Of this, almost half came from portfolios and returning clients, with the rest being individual projects.  “In 2018, we supported 82 projects through to certification, which is a 78% increase over 2017. Certified square footage has grown 203% over 2017,” Fedrizzi said.

Some notable WELL certifications in 2018 included:

  • Multiple WELL Interior certifications within  WELL Core & Shell buildings

  • First certified warehouse (Prologis) 

  • First certified project in India (Citi) 

  • First certified coworking project (Workbar) 

  • Major end-user clients

    • Finance: Wells Fargo, TD Bank, AEW Capital Management and Citi

    • Consulting: EY and Deloitte

    • Tech: Lenovo

    • Entertainment: Fandango

    • Hospitality: Hyatt

“Our amazing WELL AP community gets a lot of the credit for our continued uptake,” said Fedrizzi.  “Today we have more than 7,500 WELL APs and aspirants across the globe, and the launch of WELL v2 has inspired many people to step up to the rigor and the rewards of this level of engagement with WELL.”

Fedrizzi noted that what sets WELL apart is its requirement for performance testing. “We evaluate more than 60 performance indicators, requiring over 20 tests and using more than 10 pieces of equipment to actually verify the performance of your space.  Leaders don’t want to guess – they need to know.”

“With the launch of WELL v2, which we built alongside our customers, with the Portfolio program underway with almost 30 global participants, new marketing and sales tools, inspiring educational content, new research and ROI data and a reimagined WELL project platform that delivers value as soon as a project enters into the system, we’re looking forward to continued growth,” said Fedrizzi.  “More importantly, we’re excited to be the catalyst for a second wave of sustainability built on human health and wellness through buildings that help people thrive.”

About IWBI and WELL

The International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) is leading the global movement to transform our buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive. The WELL v2™ Pilot is a recently launched version of its popular WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™), and the WELL Community Standard™ pilot is a district scale rating system that sets a new global benchmark for healthy communities. WELL is focused exclusively on the ways that buildings and communities, and everything in them, can improve our comfort, drive better choices and generally enhance, not compromise, our health and wellness. IWBI convenes and mobilizes the wellness real estate community through management of the WELL AP™ credential, the pursuit of applicable research, the development of educational resources and advocacy for policies that promote health and wellness everywhere.  For more information about IWBI and WELL, please visit us here

INTERNATIONAL WELL BUILDING INSTITUTE, IWBI, the WELL BUILDING STANDARD, WELL v2, WELL CERTIFIED, WELL AP, WELL and others, and their related logos are trademarks or certification marks of International WELL Building Institute pbc in the United States and other countries. 

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February 26, 2019

ADDENDUM – Notable WELL certifications and achievements in 2018 in key regions:


  • Tremendous growth was achieved in the Asia market where WELL-registered space more than doubled in 2018 to 90 million square feet.
  • In Asia, the WELL AP community experienced sizable growth in 2018. To date, there are close to 1,500 certified WELL APs and 2,820 registered to become WELL APs. 
  • Iconic companies represented in Asia include Meituan, the Chinese APP maker, Alibaba, NBA and Walt Disney.
  • The city’super project in Shanghai was the WELL Certified project in the supermarket category.
  • Major end-user clients
    • Manufacturing: Daimler’s greater China office in Beijing, Shaw Contract Shanghai Showroom
    • Construction: Shimizu China HQ in Shanghai


  • First certifications in Ireland (Arup), Finland (Green Building Partners), Sweden (Castellum), Poland (BuroHappold), the Netherlands (Cairn Real Estate) and Italy (Jacobs)
  • First certified platinum project in Europe (The Crown Estate, UK)
  • Europe’s first dual certified project at the same property – a base build and tenant fit out (Sogeprom, France)
  • Europe's largest Core & Shell project (Gmp Property, Spain)
  • World's largest certified commercial interior project (Deloitte, UK)
  • First registered projects in Norway, Turkey, Belgium, Romania and Luxembourg, with 21 countries now represented across Europe
  • 22 representatives participating on the WELL Concept Advisories 


  • Australia’s first platinum certified projects, and first dual certified project at the same property: Platinum WELL Certification for all three International Towers at Barangaroo by Lendlease APPF, and Platinum WELL Certification for Lendlease's Global Headquarters
  • First certified government project in Australia (Worksafe Victoria)
  • First project to pursue WELL Community Standard certification (Lot Fourteen by Renewal SA)
  • Five participants in the WELL Portfolio Pilot program
  • Eight representatives participating on the WELL Concept Advisories 
  • Major end user clients: King and Wood Mallesons, National Australia Bank, City of Melbourne
  • Registered projects in Australia surpassed the 2 million square metre mark, and registered projects internationally surpassed 20 million square metres.