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Is WELL Certification Worth It for Developers?

Some argue that buildings with healthy features command up to a 20 percent rent premium over market rate, in addition to savings on operational costs.
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by Patricia Kirk

Creating healthy workplaces is the next step in the evolution of office building sustainability. “Health is a key component to real estate for the long-term,” says Rachel McCleary, Urban Land Institute senior vice president, who heads the organization’s healthy buildings initiative. She points out that a healthy workplace requires a building to meet certain performance standards, and certification is based on testing.

Working WELL, Being WELL Event at HOK’s New York Office

HOK’s New York office hosted a panel discussion to explore the many benefits of implementing the WELL Building Standard in workplaces.
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The WELL standard was created from evidence-based guidelines for healthier buildings. It outlines best practices for improving the health and wellness of building occupants, from using non-toxic paints to encouraging the use of stairs and limiting access to junk food.

WELL Tip: A Guide to WELL Consulting

by Melanie Koch, IWBI Technical Solutions
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At our WELL AP meet-up in May, we journeyed through the WELL Certification timeline from beginning to end. In addition to providing a deep dive into each step in the WELL Certification process, we debuted new templates and resources crafted to help set our WELL APs up for success in their work.

If you’re a WELL AP or want to know more about the integral role WELL consultants play throughout the WELL Certification process, check out our guide to WELL consulting.

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At our WELL AP meet-up in May, we journeyed through the WELL Certification timeline from beginning to end. In addition to providing a deep dive into each step in the WELL Certification process, we debuted new templates and resources crafted to help set our WELL APs up for success in their work.

If you’re a WELL AP or want to know more about the integral role WELL consultants play throughout the WELL Certification process, check out our guide to WELL consulting.

Done and Said: Gas Natural Fenosa Publishes Its Corporate Responsibility Report

The report includes the implementation of a Sustainability Plan until 2020, which is integrated into the company´s strategy
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Gas Natural Fenosa is a leading multinational group in the energy sector and a pioneer in gas and electricity integration, with a balanced business mix, which supplies gas and electricity to nearly 22 million customers, in over 30 countries.

Its international presence puts it in an ideal position to be able to capitalise on the growth of new regions which are in the process of economic growth, making it one of the world’s most important operators.

Some of the main results in 2016 were:

WELL Tip: How to Craft a Successful Alternative Adherence Path (AAP)

by Kate Rube
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Is your project team struggling to meet the requirements of a WELL feature?

Every WELL project is different, so it’s not uncommon for project teams to encounter unique, nuanced or complex elements that could make it hard to comply with certain WELL Building Standard feature requirements. That’s why we encourage project teams to leverage Alternative Adherence Path’s (AAPs) to pursue new and alternative strategies to meet the intent of WELL features or feature parts.

Design for Wellness: Strategies to Unite Health & Design

by Madeleine Evans
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Design can be about many things: beauty, symmetry, color - but one of the most powerful elements of building and space design is the opportunity to impact and improve the health and well-being of people. Through thoughtful design choices like strategic placement of drinking water stations, selection of non-toxic materials and lighting that aligns with the body’s circadian rhythms, designers can be ambassadors for public health, a mission that we wholeheartedly believe in.

Safety + You = Zero Harm

By: Brigette Philpot
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Brigette is responsible for leading the North American Safety Team to drive our Zero Harm culture and improve the Quality of Life of our employees, clients and customers by keeping them safe.

As we begin our celebration for National Safety Month in June, I wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on creating a workplace where safety comes first.

Let’s start by taking a look at the most common kinds of injuries in the workplace. According to the National Safety Council, the top causes of injury in American workplaces last year were:

4 Important Reasons Ergonomics Should be a Priority in Lower-Risk Workplaces

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Ergonomics can be easily overlooked as a top safety opportunity in lower-risk environments such as offices, warehouses and data centers. However, ergonomics can be one of the most beneficial EHS opportunities to tackle from a safety, workplace culture and business perspective. Read Antea Group's four reasons, along with compelling statistics, that illustrate why workplace ergonomics should shift toward the top of your EHS priority checklist.

CBRE Receives Vancouver’s First WELL Certification for New and Existing Interiors

New certification measures impact of office design and environment on employee wellness
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LOS ANGELES, June 6, 2017 /3BL Media/ - CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBG) announced today that its Vancouver office has achieved WELL Certification at the gold level for New and Existing Interiors by the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™). CBRE’s office space is the first to receive the prestigious distinction in Vancouver, awarded based on IWBI’s WELL Building Standard™ (WELL), the premier building standard to focus on enhancing employees’ health and wellness through the built environment. 

The Role of Hand Hygiene in Reducing Health Care-associated Infections

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Learn more about the role of Hand Hygiene in Reducing Health Care-Associated Infections (HAIs) including the role of dispenser placement in maximizing usage. Visit Tork | Better Business in HealthCare to learn more about the importance of dispenser placement.   

Learn more SCA: Hygiene Matters

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