Wellness certification program targets hotel market

George Sell By George Sell
29 April 2019 | Updated 30 April 2019

US: Delos is a NYC-based start-up, backed by Bill Gates and valued at $800 million.

Delos founder, former Goldman Sachs partner Paul Scialla, has launched the company's "Well" initiative, a certification scheme that developers, employers and hotel operators can publicly display in their buildings and promotional materials. Features such as treadmill desks, easy access to water or the proximity of desks to windows are examples of the types of features Well rewards.

The Well certification is modelled on the LEED standard for green buildings, but unlike the nonprofit administrator of the LEED program, Delos is a for-profit company and charges around $20,000 to evaluate 100,000 square feet of building space for compliance with wellness standards. The LEED-evaluation fee for the same amount of space is $13,000.

Since its inception in 2000, the LEED program has certified 76,800 projects. So far, Delos has worked in 48 countries and finished 1,555 projects that total 314 million square feet.

Scialla has raised $237 million over the last five years from investors including former Fidelity Magellan fund manager Jeff Vinik and the personal investment office of Bill Gates. The company now has a $800 million valuation. Author Deepak Chopra and actor Leonardo DiCaprio also serve on the Delos board of directors.

Delos is also developing an app called Darwin that individual homeowners can buy for prices starting at $3,500 to determine the wellness of their homes, including quality tests of water and air. Australian homebuilder Simonds plans to install Darwin in 1,000 new homes this year, and KB Home is conducting a test of the technology in California.

Wellness is the subject of one of the speed workshop sessions at next month's Boutique and Lifestyle Hotel Summit, which takes place in London on May 22. Click here to find out more and buy tickets.

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