Companies are adopting new ways of working that, in turn, demand innovative spaces. The health and well-being of each user of these corporate spaces, both employees and visitors, are now key factors.
In today’s society we spend 90% of our time inside buildings (especially in the workplace), and this gives rise to many chronic health problems. The reasons for this are due both to the construction of the building and the way work is organised.
In addition to being a place where we go every day, an office can become a sustainable and healthy work environment in which indoor air quality plays a key role.
Health has now become a quality that increasingly more companies defend every day.
A healthy environment…
- Reflects and builds a strong brand.
- Improves productivity.
- Increases staff motivation and commitment.
The value of a healthy building is simply put, extremely powerful. Companies that use buildings are obliged to respond to the challenges involved in having real estate properties committed to health and indoor air quality. It is the most important chapter in health and well-being.
A building may be very efficient, something that is desirable and of interest above all else, to the group that manages it. However, the integration of solutions that improve indoor air quality, impacts the entire workforce and projects the values of the company that occupies the property.
Actions that, well communicated, add value, transforming offices into very valuable tools for optimising the work environment and increasing productivity.
Improving filtration and ventilation or monitoring and measuring indoor air in offices should be considered an indispensable link in the strategy for health and well-being.
A suitable filtration system provides a highly-effective barrier against polluted outdoor air. The ultimate objective of these strategies is to project a healthier company, which seeks greater commitment and productivity from its employees.
Breathing quality air in offices has emerged in recent years as a critical issue that will have a decisive impact on the selection and layout of new workspaces.
Air pollution in large cities is a growing concern in Europe and the United States. The air we breathe on the street, in the workplace and in our homes has effects on health and the number of people affected by respiratory problems is increasing.
Pollution is a political and social “issue” that is subject to great media coverage and is a growing concern. New news is emerging on a daily basis.
This concern has resonated among official agencies who have started to implement Air Quality Plans. People are increasingly concerned about the air they breathe in the workplace.
And certifications have emerged that measure the different aspects of a building, where air quality is an important factor:
The LEED® certification involves the assessment of efficient buildings through eco-efficiency standards and sustainability criteria. It promotes the implementation of excellent practices in the design and construction of buildings interested in increasing energy efficiency, from the plot on which they are located to the quality of indoor air.
WELL™ is a certification that encompasses physical factors of the workplace environment, such as the different policies that companies implement to be healthy and ensure that the space subject to certification is in line with the health and well-being of the building’s occupants.
If a building is certified in both LEED and WELL™, its performance benefits the environment and people’s health.
The BREEAM® certification is used to measure the environmental sustainability of different buildings.