Did you know that the quality of air within your environment can have a significant impact on your health? And in turn, your productivity?
(wellcertified.com, INTERNATIONAL WELL BUILDING INSTITUTE (IWBI) 2019).
Over the course of the remainder of this year, we’re going to be breaking down the major components of the WELL Building Standard within the design industry and how important it is to incorporate these elements into your environment. My current goal is to apply for the WELL AP exam (link this to wellcertified.com) because JTI believes there is a direct correlation incorporating wellness in the built environment. As such, wellness drives our design decisions.
Here’s a quick statement on what WELL is for those who’ve never heard from their website www.wellcertified.com;The International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) is a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and well-being in buildings and communities across the world through its WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™).
Let’s start with Air, something we take for granted on a daily basis, yet is vital to our very existence. We spend most of our time indoors, mainly in the places we work. Imagine if the indoor air quality in your work environment was dirty? What would your health look like? If you’re not feeling your best, your productivity is definitely not at it’s best.
Research carried out by the World Green Building Council recorded an 11% increase in productivity as a result of increased fresh air to the environment and a reduction in pollutants. (wellcertified.com, INTERNATIONAL WELL BUILDING INSTITUTE (IWBI) 2019). Ensuring a clean level of air quality is easy by simply incorporating simple air features into your environment promoting a smoke-free environment, testing for adequate air ventilation filtration systems that remove airborne toxins and using products that do not emit volatile organic compounds (VOC) are a few actions you can take.
It’s safe to say, air is critical. As Interior Designers, we must consider what the indoor air environment quality will be for the people who will end up using the spaces we create. It’s imperative for the health and well-being of all end users. If you’re interested in learning more about the qualifications to register your project for WELL certification, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s not just make a beautiful space, let’s make it intentional!