Roundup of Real Estate Research Reports and Resources

In preparation for the upcoming Wellness Real Estate & Communities Symposium on May 2, the chairs of the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) Wellness Communities & Real Estate Initiative have identified some useful research reports and resources.

We invite all leaders in the business of wellness to take advantage of these resources, especially if you are joining us in person or virtually for the Symposium.

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is a longstanding global network of thousands of cross-disciplinary real estate and land use experts, with a mission to shape the future of the built environment for transformative impact. ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative published these reports and resources, leveraging their global networks to shape projects and places in ways that improve the health of people and communities. The Building Healthy Places Toolkit remains a foundational resource for the planning, development and financing of wellness real estate and communities.

ULI’s macro global real estate outlook report can be found here:
Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Global Outlook (2023).

Healthy People 2030 is an initiative of the US Department of Health and Human Services that sets data-driven objectives to improve wellness over the next decade, with a specific multi-layered goal to create neighborhoods and built environments that promote health and safety. The initiative includes a number of evidence-based resources to support the development of programs and policies that are effective, scalable and sustainable.

Gensler, the global architecture, design and planning firm with offices across the Americas, Europe, Greater China, Asia Pacific and the Middle East published their 2022 Design Forecast, Resilient Design Strategies for the Human Experience, highlighting the move of wellness from an optional amenity to a cultural necessity impacting the environments where we live, work, play and learn.

The International WELL Building Institute’s research review, Investing in Health Pays Back, published in December 2022, highlights and summarizes the growing body of knowledge behind the business case for healthy buildings, organizations and the return on investment in wellness in the built environment.

The Congress for New Urbanism’s webinar series, On the Park Bench, is an engaging series of conversations with urban designers and thought leaders to add depth, rigor and real time examples of inclusive, healthier, resilient places.

The Global Wellness Summit identified this trend as far back as 2007, and some interesting history of the evolution of this sector is captured in this 2018 article Trends We Got Right: Wellness Communities.

As this trend evolved, the nonprofit Global Wellness Institute produced a series of reports starting with the highly regarded 2018 report Build Well to Live Well: Wellness Lifestyle Real Estate & Communities, the first in-depth research to analyze this growing global sector. In 2021, GWI issued the Wellness Real Estate: Looking Beyond COVID-19 report, revealing eye-opening new wellness real estate market size data, recent growth rates for every global region, the top 20 international markets as well as key emerging trends that will define this market post-COVID. Expect updated wellness economy data by sector later this year.

Finally, the co-chair of the GWI Wellness Communities & Real Estate InitiativeTeri Slavik-Tsuyuki has written a series of articles on Wellness and the Built Environment for The Builders Daily that can be found here.

We hope these resources are useful to you, as it is clear that the next level of the Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) agenda is pulling in real estate development collaborators from all sectors of the wellness economy, creating an enormous business opportunity for wellness leaders who understand the critical, strategic value they can add to improve the human experience in the built environment.

Learn more about the robust agenda, impressive speakers and opportunities to build your network at the upcoming Wellness Real Estate & Communities Symposium here.