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IGBC Health and Well-being

Indian Perspective on Well-being

Indian culture has a rich spiritual heritage and well-being has been an integral aspect of ancient traditions of India. Intellectual wellness is viewed as a positive attribute and emotional wellbeing as capacity to live a full & creative life. Ancient Indian thought has an endless array of techniques to raise human consciousness and is a storehouse of rich psychological insights and nuances of processes and constructs such as emotional & intellectual, physical and social well-being.

Although there are differences in certain details, there is a wide agreement that the health of an individual is not just the state of his physical body but an aggregate of the body, senses, mind and soul. An unhealthy state of mind is often the cause of illness and to remain disease-free it is important to have a healthy mind and body. The table below demonstrates how the five elements are connected with our body.

IGBC Health & Wellbeing Rating

The objective of the rating is to facilitate the buildings to incorporate people centric measures for enhancing the health & well-being. The framework will enable organisations to address various aspects such as indoor air quality, water quality, hygiene parameters, healthy food choices and lifestyle.

The rating strive to reach out the concepts of healthy building through 'Whole Body Mind' approach. The entire rating revolves around the concept of Built Environment, Health & Well-being. IGBC Health & Well-being rating for occupants addresses various features under three main aspects of health & well-being: Physical, Emotional & Intellectual and Social.

Whole Body Mind Approach- Core Concept of rating

World Health Organisation (WHO) highlights the importance of Wellness and defines 'Health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity'. Wellness is an extremely powerful element that can play a significant role in occupant engagement, productivity, talent retention, creativity and innovation.

How people 'function' and 'feel' within personal and social circles strongly reflects the kind of environment they live in. The way people 'function' reflect their connection with their surroundings. Therefore, the built environment plays a vital role in health & well-being of the occupants and should be closely knitted with people centric design.

The occupants perceive the built environment through their five senses- Smell, Taste, Sight, Touch and Sound. The five elements of nature- Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether, which make up the built environment, affect physical, emotional & intellectual and social well-being of the occupants through these five senses. Health and physical well-being of the occupants can be enhanced by improving the features of the built environment.

A holistic 'Whole Body Mind' approach links the Health & Well-being with the five senses through which the occupants perceive the built environment. It focusses on treating a person as a whole including his/her body and mind. The whole body and mind approach addresses physical body function, ability to recognise emotion, think and communicate.

Elements of Health & Well-being

Health and Well-being of an individual is addressed holistically only when the following aspects have been taken care:

  • Physical - Body function
  • Emotional - Ability to recognise
  • Intellectual - Ability to think and
  • Social - Ability to communicate

The above aspects play a vital role in enhancing the health and well-being of an individual occupant in a building and hence the overall quality of life.


Healthy living practices and measurement techniques in the built environment can help in addressing the following:

Awareness Creation amongst occupants

  • Awareness on indoor air quality, water quality and consumption requirement, along with their impacts
  • Awareness on importance of fitness, nutritional choices and eco-friendly practices
Improvements in Built environment
  • Improved Visual comfort, Thermal comfort, Olfactory comfort and Acoustic comfort for the building occupants
  • Improved Hygiene and better sanitation
  • Caring environment and safer surroundings
Positive impact on Health of Occupants
  • Lower sickness rates, spread of diseases, physical strain and associated health impacts in occupants
  • Enhanced fitness levels of the occupants
  • Reduces health hazards and related Communicable and Non- Communicable Diseases such as Chronic Respiratory Diseases (CRD), Cancer, Visual and Hearing Impairments, Cardiovascular Diseases, Chronic Respiratory Diseases and Bone & Joint Disorders etc.
  • Improved quality of life, health and well-being of the occupants
Financial Benefits
  • Reduction in medical expenditures
  • Reduction in absenteeism
  • Increased Productivity



The IGBC Health & Well-being Rating is designed to certify new buildings and existing buildings of all commercial and residential developments. To facilitate wider implementation, the rating system is made simple, practical and easily implementable. All related communicable and non-communicable diseases for various measures have also been considered. The IGBC Health & Well-being Rating is applicable for buildings which are occupied and in operation for at least 1 year.


Certification Levels

The threshold criteria for certification/pre-certification levels are as under:

Certification Level Credits Recognition
Certified 50 - 59 Best Practices
Silver 60 - 69 Outstanding Performance
Gold 70 - 79 National Excellence
Platinum 80 - 100 Global Leadership


Fee Structure

Registration Fee

Category Registration Fee (Rs)
IGBC Members 25,000
Non Members 30,000

Certification Fee for Commercial Projects w.e.f. 1 November, 2021

Base Fee Additional fee for Projects with 4 or more buildings including those with common basements
Membership Category 5,000 sq m or below of built-up area (INR) 5,001 to 20,000 sq m of built-up area (INR) 20,001 to 50,000 sq m of built-up area (INR) 50,001 sq m or more of built-up area (INR)) For each building with built-up area of 5,001 sq m and above
IGBC Founding Member 2,35,000 3,15,000 INR 4,15,000 plus INR 3 per additional sq m over & above 5,000 sq m 5,75,000 INR 50,000 would be chargeable for each building (starting from the 4th building)
IGBC Annual Member 2,60,000 3,40,000 INR 4,40,000 plus INR 3 per additional sq m over & above 5,000 sq m 6,00,000
Non-Member 2,85,000 3,65,000 INR 4,65,000 plus INR 3 per additional sq m over & above 5,000 sq m 6,25,000

Certification Fee for Commercial Projects which are registered / certified under any other IGBC Green Building Rating (non-residential) - w.e.f. 1 November, 2021

Such projects would be eligible for the following discount on above fee structure (however, separate project registration under IGBC Health and Well-being Rating has to be carried out):

  • 20% discount on certification fee for projects with built up area up to 20,000 sq m
  • 30% discount on certification fee for projects with built up area up ranging from 20,001 sq m to 50,000 sq m
  • 40% discount on certification fee for projects with built up area of 50,001 sq m or more

Certification Fee for Residential Projects

* Parking areas need not be considered as part of the built-up area
* Fee is exclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST)
* Registration, Precertification and Certification fee are non-refundable
* Membership discounts can be availed only if the Project Owner or Developer is a
  member of IGBC

Payment Details:

* Payment can be done through Online options - Debit Card, Credit Card and Net Banking.

Contact Us

For more details, please contact:

IGBC Marketing:

Vikram Singha
Email Id: vikram.singha@cii.in
Mobile Number : +91 96193 15927

IGBC Technical:

Ar Gaurav Pershad
Associate Counsellor
Email Id:  gaurav.pershad@cii.in
Phone number: +91(40) 4418 5208

Dr Shivraj Dhaka
Senior Counsellor
Email Id:  shivraj.dhaka@cii.in
Phone number: +91 91775 77288


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