There is an increase in demand for innovative spaces due to the new ways in which companies are working. The health and well-being of each person using 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. This is due to both the construction of the building and the way in which work is organised.
As well as being somewhere 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 which is defended by more and more companies every day.
A healthy environment…
- Reflects and builds a strong brand.
- Improves productivity.
- Increases staff motivation and commitment.
In simple terms, the value proposition of a healthy building is extremely powerful. Companies that use buildings must address the challenges involved in having properties committed to health and indoor air quality. This is the most important point with regard to health and well-being.
A building may be very efficient, which is desirable and primarily of interest to the group that manages it. However, by introducing solutions to improve indoor air quality, the entire workforce can benefit and the values of the company occupying the property will be transmitted.
When well communicated, these are actions that add value by transforming offices into very important tools for optimising the work environment and increasing productivity.
Improving filtration and ventilation or monitoring and measuring indoor air in offices must be considered an indispensable link in the strategy for health and well-being.
The right filtration system provides a highly effective barrier against polluted outdoor air. The ultimate objective of these strategies is to transmit a healthier company, which aims for its employees to be more committed and productive.
In recent years, breathing quality air in offices has come to light 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 outside, at work and at home has effects on our health, with the number of people affected by respiratory problems increasing.
Pollution is a political and social issue that receives a great deal of media coverage and is a growing concern. Up-to-date news is reported on a daily basis.
This concern has resonated among official agencies which have started to implement Air Quality Plans. People are increasingly taking notice of the air they breathe in the workplace.
There are now various certificates that measure the different aspects of a building, where air quality is an important factor:
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 aimed at increasing energy efficiency, from the plot on which they are built to the quality of indoor air.
WELL™ is a certification that encompasses physical factors of the work environment, such as the different policies implemented by companies in order 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 holds both LEED and WELL™ certifications, this means that its performance benefits the environment and people’s health.
BREEAM® certification is used to measure the environmental sustainability of different buildings.