On Monday 3rd April, EVORA is running an event in partnership with BRE focusing on the health and wellbeing of operational buildings. There has been a lot of attention on health and wellbeing at the design and construction stages, but practical steps need to be considered for our existing building stock.
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As professional sustainability consultants, a key part of our role has focused on reducing the environmental impacts in buildings, especially energy, due to the greater carbon impact and cost.
However, with the World Green Building Council’s Health Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices study referencing that 90% of a typical business’s overheads are staff costs compared to less than 2% for energy, common sense dictates that we must also ensure focus on providing healthy and productive properties for our landlords.
Although far from easy, approaches like the WELL building standard are available to support application in design and construction phases. However, consideration in existing buildings, especially from a landlord perspective, is more challenging. The infrastructure is already in place and the fabric of the building is set, so is there much opportunity to address the key elements of health and wellbeing as defined by the WELL Building Institute, i.e.
Secondly, where tenants are in situ, what influence can the landlord have? Energy management has generally been straightforward with the majority of managed offices providing shared services of heating and ventilation enabling the landlord to influence the energy efficiency throughout the building. Health and wellbeing is more complex where the real opportunity is in the tenants’ own demises. How should the landlord engage, who pays for an evaluation of the tenant’s space and what are the intended outcomes both for the tenant and the landlord?
In our Healthy Buildings event, we bring together a number of industry experts to share their knowledge, experience and latest research to provide clarity and practical application in achieving healthy and productive operational spaces to work in.
The event is split into three sessions: the first focusing on the landlord and occupier perspective; the second provides a consultant’s viewpoint, identifying both the challenges and opportunities; and the final session identifies research and the application of solutions in relation to key elements of healthy buildings including lighting, biophilia, air quality and thermal comfort.Healthy Buildings event: join EVORA, UKGBC, BRE, Arup, The Crown Estate, British Land and others on 3rd April. Book now!Click To Tweet
Among the 15 speakers are:
- John Alker, UKGBC
- Rebecca Pearce, CBRE
- Darren Wright, Arup
- Jane Wakiwaka, The Crown Estate
- Matthew Webster, British Land
I am extremely excited by this event which will challenge the real estate industry on what can be done to make our existing assets healthy and productive places to work.