Organisations are becoming increasingly interested in improving the environment in which their teams work. With employees seeking more from their career than simply their pay slip, companies are responding by providing initiatives to encourage fitness, good nutrition and mindfulness, as well as improving the environmental quality of their buildings too.
Providing workplaces and initiatives which improve the health and wellbeing of occupants can result in better retention of colleagues, increased productivity, reduced sickness and improved morale.
Services we offer
Companies who wish to improve health and wellbeing in the workplace without seeking formal certification of their buildings can undertake a wellbeing assessment. This examines a company's Environmental, Social Governance (ESG) policy, and provides a review of existing initiatives with particular focus on building operation and management, proposing actions to improve health and wellbeing outcomes. Specific topics of interest can be focused on to provide a tailored approach for the individual client operations and the roles of team members working in various business environments - from office, to warehouse to manufacturing space.
A wellbeing assessment can be carried out on an individual building or department of any type and scale, or across the full range of an organisation's operations. Following the assessment, we can also support the development of health and wellbeing policies to promote the wellbeing of teams and colleagues, and provide supporting documentation and metrics to demonstrate your company’s commitment to wellbeing in the workplace and support corporate ESG reporting.
Businesses that wish to pursue formal wellbeing certification can pursue more than one route to achieving certification of buildings. Our qualified and certified professionals can support with two formal certification routes, providing health and wellbeing policies for businesses which help in the development of wider ESG and EHS strategies.
Operated by the Center for Active Design (CfAD), Fitwel encourages evidence-based design and operational strategies that enhance building environments by addressing a broad range of health behaviours through specific, incremental changes. Each of the 63 strategies link to health impacts such as community health, reduced absenteeism, wellbeing and physical activity. There are no prerequisites - projects can achieve a 0-3 star rating on a scoring system, which is weighted to the extent of health impacts and scientific evidence.
Fitwel is currently designed for:
- Single and Multi-Tenant Buildings
- Commercial Interior Spaces
- Multi-family Residential
Our accredited Fitwel Ambassadors can provide advice to facilities managers or development teams to assess building design and business policy in line with Fitwel building certification.
WELL Building Standard
The WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™) is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment that impact the health and wellbeing of the people who live, work and learn in the buildings.
WELL focuses on ten categories of building performance (referred to as Concepts): air, water, nourishment, light, movement, thermal comfort, sound, materials, mind, and community.
Our WELL Accredited Professionals have advanced knowledge of health and wellbeing in the built environment and specialisation in the WELL building standard.
Under Version 2, the WELL Building Standard is currently optimised for commercial and institutional buildings and can be applied to two project typologies:
- WELL Core
We can provide WELL AP advice for development and refurbishment teams to assess and monitor the health and wellbeing of the internal environment in line with the WELL Standard. (Read article on Work Wellness)
WELL Health Safety Rating
Designed in response to COVID-19, the WELL Health Safety Rating is an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all new and existing building and facility types.
It focuses on operational policies, maintenance protocols, occupant engagement and emergency plans under five Core areas:
- Cleaning and Sanitization Procedures
- Emergency Preparedness Programs
- Health Service Resources
- Air and Water Quality Management
- Stakeholder Engagement and Communication
Informed by existing Features within the WELL Building Standard, the WELL Health Safety Seal can help building owners and managers to confidently demonstrate that they have addressed critical health-safety issues within the building. Owners or operators can pursue the WELL Health Safety Rating independently, within full WELL Certification, or integrate the Rating as a milestone within their WELL Certification journey.
Our experienced WELL APs can guide our clients through the WELL Health Safety Rating process, including preparation of evidence documentation, providing advice on Feature adherence, and engaging with key stakeholders on the benefits of WELL HSR.