WELL Building Standards + Solutions

Providing a holistic, thoughtful, and mindful approach to spacial design, the WELL Building Standard takes employee health and happiness to new heights.  So what is WELL, and what does each building standard describe?

“Each WELL Building Standard feature is designed to address issues that impact the health, comfort or knowledge of occupants. Many features intended to improve health are supported by existing government standards or other standard-setting organizations. Some features are intended to change behavior through education and corporate culture, providing, for example, information and support for making positive lifestyle choices.”

 

We can help.  Always on the cutting edge of the latest design trends, Corbett Inc. has broken down 5 of the 7 categories of the WELL standard and offers specific solutions to help you achieve a WELL certification:

  1. Nourishment.  “The WELL Building Standard for Nourishment requires the availability of fresh, wholesome foods, limits unhealthy ingredients and encourages better eating habits and food culture.”
    • 52.  Mindful Eating.  “Demanding work schedules and a lack of communal eating spaces can lead people to eat in isolation during meal breaks. Distracted eating at workstations while doing work, reading, watching television or listening to the radio may result in eating more, both immediately and during later food intake. Eating attentively and placing focus on the process of eating, on the other hand, may lead to better control of food intake…This feature provides building occupants with dedicated spaces for eating and socializing with others. Time spent in these break areas can lead to better eating habits, strengthen social interactions and help reduce stress.”
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  2. Light.  “The WELL Building Standard® for Light provides illumination guidelines that are aimed to minimize disruption to the body’s circadian system, enhance productivity, support good sleep quality and provide appropriate visual acuity where needed.”  
    • 61.  Right to Light.  “Exposure to adequate levels of sunlight is critical for health and wellbeing, for effects ranging from visual comfort to potential psychological and neurological gains: there are measurable physiological benefits to receiving the quality of light provided by the sun, as well as positive subjective reports from occupants able to enjoy access to sunlight. Proximity to windows, outdoor views and daylight in indoor spaces are some of the most sought-after elements of design. As such, buildings should utilize daylight as a primary source of lighting to the greatest extent possible.”
    • 62.  Daylight Modeling.  “Exposure to appropriate amounts of natural light reinforces the alignment of our circadian rhythms and reduces dependence on electricity for artificial lighting; however, excessive sunlight can cause glare and unwanted visual contrast. This is not only important to consider throughout the course of the day, but also throughout the course of the year, such that occupants are able to enjoy the benefits of daylight exposure in all seasons. DAYLIGHT MODELING 62 This feature requires that individuals inside a building receive ample exposure to natural sunlight and allows designers versatility for a variety of layouts and daylighting designs.”

3.  Fitness.  “The WELL Building Standard for Fitness promotes the integration of physical activity into everyday life by providing the opportunities and support for an active lifestyle and discouraging sedentary behaviors.”  

  • “Considering that 90% of our time is spent within the built environment, urban planning and building design strategies that are consciously articulated either to encourage more physical activity or discourage sedentariness can constitute powerful intervention strategies to promote a more active lifestyle.”
  • 71.  Active Workstations.  – Prevalent Standing Desks:  “At least 60% of workstations feature one of the following: –  a. Adjustable height standing desk. b. Standard desk with desk-top height adjustment stand.”
    • KI offers 3 height adjustable options – perfect to customize any workstation and decrease sedentary behaviors.

 

4.  Comfort.  “The WELL Building Standard for Comfort establishes requirements designed to create distraction-free, productive and comfortable indoor environments.”

  • 73.  Ergonomics: Visual and Physical
    1. Desk Height:
    2. Seat Flexibility:
      • Although KI has an extensive line of seating, Grazie’s ergonomic design has created the “perfect pivot:
      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8Q8YnUM4DE
  • 81.  Sound Barriers: Wall Construction
    • KI’s Evoke Wall has a Sound Transmission Class (STC) performance rating up to 50, its acoustics are unbeatable, in turn minimizing distractions and maximizing productivity.

 

.  Mind.  “The WELL Building Standard for Mind requires design, technology and treatment strategies designed to provide a physical environment that optimizes cognitive and emotional health.”

  1. 88.  Biophilia. 
    1. Nature Incorporation: “This feature recognizes the importance of creating an interior environment that nurtures the innate human-nature connection.”
    2. Pattern Integration: A biophilia plan is developed that includes a description of how the project incorporates Nature’s patterns throughout the design.
      • Movable walls not only allow for natural light to filter through a space, but they are also an opportunity to incorporate natural patterns and colors.
  1. 89.  Adaptable Spaces
    • Stimuli Managment:  “Seating and spatial layouts are organized into separate workplace zones and provide differing degrees of sensory engagement. Regularly occupied spaces of 186 m² [2,000 ft²] or larger provide documentation of methods used to establish appropriate zones based on the below guidelines:
      1. Annotated floor plans incorporate research data to establish work zones that support a variety of work functions.
      2. Designated quiet zones are provided as enclosable or semi-enclosable rooms with no more than 3 seats per room.
      3. Designated collaboration zones are provided as enclosable or semi-enclosable rooms with no less than 3 seats and at minimum one visual vertical surface area for communicating ideas or work.
        1. Achieving balance between opportunities for collaboration and quiet contemplation are necessary, and an important element of designing a space supporting activity-based working.  Below are a few examples of adaptable spaces created to compliment working zones, including KI’s Connection Zone Collection:

These suggestions are just a few of many.  Contact us today to help you achieve the WELL building standard!