In 2019, IBE conducted a three-year research study on Lakehouse, the first residential project in Colorado to achieve WELL Certification at the Gold level under the WELL Building Standard v1. The study’s purpose was to assess the impact of Lakehouse’s sustainable, healthy design strategies and wellness programming on Lakehouse residents.

Completed in 2020 by NAVA Real Estate Development (NAVA), Lakehouse consists of 196 for-sale condominium and rowhome residences. NAVA set out to design a building with health and wellness best practices integrated into its homes and common areas to support and encourage a healthy lifestyle for residents. This includes promoting healthy living through the building materials and mechanical systems so that sound, air, light, and water quality are optimized, and providing customized wellness features and programming to residents with classes and events led by on-site staff and local health experts.

IBE’s research findings support the hypotheses that residents’ satisfaction, health, wellbeing, and happiness would be significantly better after moving into Lakehouse than in prior residences. Most notably, residents reported improvements in social-emotional and physical health compared to while living in previous residences.