With new and untested indoor environmental monitoring sensors and sensor-based systems coming on the market, there is confusion and uncertainty in the marketplace, according to the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI).
In an effort to provide guidance to developers and owners, IWBI and other building standard and certification organizations RESET, the Building Research Establishment (BRE), and the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) are developing global standards and guidelines for indoor and outdoor environmental monitoring systems and sensors. These standards are meant to work seamlessly with WELL, LEED, BREEAM, RESET, and Green Star.
Data collected at the Well Living Lab will be used to develop the standards. The sensor-filled lab is a reconfigurable space where researchers monitor and test technologies and protocols with human subjects in simulated environments.
The effort is part of a movement among building certification bodies to coordinate their aspects of their standards to make it easier for facility owners to earn multiple certifications.