How Buildings Affect Health and Well-being

There is now a standard to measure how buildings can affect the health of people occupying them. It’s called the WELL Building Standard.

Engineers, interior design experts, and architects are gathering at this week’s Buildex conference in Vancouver to talk about how building design can increase workers’ productivity.

“What WELL has sprung up from is the idea that if you can have healthier occupants, they’ll be happier, they’ll be pleased about that, and it’s a way to draw in new talent,” said Helen Brennek, who works the engineering consulting firm WSP Canada.

“At the same time you can actually increase the productivity of your office workers.”

Like the LEED standard for sustainable design, building owners can apply for WELL certification, but only a handful in the world have received the designation so far.

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