Nowadays there is a growing sense that architecture influences both our positive and negative state of mind and in turn our body. In general, it influences our wellbeing.
In our article: How can conscious leaders easily increase collaborators’ well-being? we talk about what organisations can do to improve collaborator’s wellbeing.
In this article, we also explore that issue, but from an additional point of view.
Writer Richard Zimler mentions in TSF that “architecture influences people’s psychological state”.
The writer only writes where he feels comfortable “I need a clean room, no fuss with plenty of air and light, without that I am not comfortable creating my characters and the story of the book. It’s important to me, I can’t explain, but it creates a different psychological state than a bedroom or a dark room. ”
In a sense, Richard Zimler thrives as a writer due to the comfort and the best conditions the space offers.
That’s the main principle of the WELL tool: contributing to the “existence of buildings and communities that help people thrive”.
WELL Certification® is a rating system that focuses exclusively on the impacts of buildings on human health and well-being. The priority is to optimize human well-being and as such is committed to helping architects and designers change their mindset to create more natural and people-friendly buildings. The benefits of WELL certification are to improve quality, health, and happiness for the users of the buildings where they work.
The WELL certification has silver, gold and platinum ratings, and depends on some categories such as air, water, nutrition, light, sound, materials, community, movement, comfort, mind, and innovation.
The work environment has contributed to sustainability in users’ lives. It is important that the building contributes to the user’s productivity since it becomes much more efficient and productive if the user feels good and happy and vice versa.
In 2013, CBRE’s global corporate headquarters, in Los Angeles, became the first commercial office to obtain WELL certification. After the initial review of the pilot program, the headquarters staff reported extremely positive results, such as:
- 83% felt more productive
- 92% reported a positive effect on health and well-being.
- 94% said space had a positive impact on business performance
- 93% reported easier collaboration
TD Banck’s Toronto office has received WELL certification at the gold level. “People are our most important asset,” said Martha MacInnis, design director of Enterprise Real Estate, TD Bank Group. Tired of existing corporate design standards, it used WELL’s interior typology to create a revamped space. TD incorporates health and wellness resources everywhere. Over 60 WELL features have been implemented, including advanced water filtration and lighting systems.
Structure Tone, in New York, is certified silver. “We have already seen our customers bringing wellness into their environments and we firmly believe that WELL plays a strong role in the workplace of the future,” said James Donaghy, Structure chairman.
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is one of those organizations that has earned WELL certification at its Washington, D.C. office recently earned silver level. Space houses a multitude of biological features, including a circadian lighting system and a wellness room to provide mental work interruptions. With a focus on sustainability and human health, ASID has certainly set an example for other workplaces to follow.
Studio 111 puts the WELL Building standard into practice, the space is abundant with natural light, which is one of seven concepts that WELL certification considers. It also features a sound system, which improves the acoustics of the building. Studio 111 also implemented WELL concepts such as fitness and nutrition as well as structure and design, offering a variety of fitness programs and healthy food options.
The Fortune 500 McKesson has also created a new WELL-inspired space with plenty of natural light and lots of green and organic materials like wood.
WELL Certification rewards how humans feel in a space, making it one of the best and most innovative building standards in existence today.
That’s why we are here to help your organisation to implement the necessary architecture and engineering measures towards your organisation buildings and spaces becoming drivers of your collaborator’s wellbeing.
Happy to help your organisation to improve health and human experience through design and exist in a “conscious building”.
AMARNA Village Sustainable Architecture Coordinator
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