Johnson Controls has announced a global partnership with the International WELL Building Institute IWBI), to promote global application of the WELL Building Standard (WELL). Leading the buildings space with more than 135 years of experience, Johnson Controls is ideally positioned with technologies and solutions that accelerate the reinvention of healthy buildings.
The two organisations will work together to advance technology development, outcome-based planning and best practices that will improve the health and safety of people in buildings and communities.
Fortifying its commitment to the IWBI partnership, Johnson Controls will form a Healthy Buildings Centre of Excellence as part of its global network of OpenBlue Innovation Centres to consolidate the company's comprehensive worldwide efforts to provide support for WELL. Leveraging this Centre of Excellence, Johnson Controls is on track to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating at headquarter buildings in the United States and China by the third quarter of this fiscal year. In addition, the company will invest in the WELL AP programme with a goal of 500 employees achieving the WELL AP credential by the end of the year. As a Keystone member of IWBI, Johnson Controls also will support research and the advancement of healthy buildings.
"At Johnson Controls, we believe at the centre of a vision for a healthy world must be healthy buildings. It's natural for us to grow our relationship with IWBI since we both believe that the spaces around us can improve operating efficiency, promote health and well-being as well as boost productivity and enhance sustainability," said Ganesh Ramaswamy, vice president and president, Global Services for Johnson Controls . "With our leadership around OpenBlue Healthy Buildings, Johnson Controls brings to IWBI in-depth understanding of the power of connected technologies. Through our partnership we will help advance the WELL Building Standard and explore areas such as continuous monitoring in support of healthy buildings around the world."
"This is an important collaboration focused on putting health first to foster innovation, optimise for health and accelerate the opportunity for everyone, everywhere to benefit from WELL," said Rachel Hodgdon, President and CEO of IWBI. "We commend Johnson Controls for its leadership and we look forward to working more closely together to drive our shared goal of true market transformation."