Lighting in commercial buildings can significantly impact the "triple bottom line," improving the planet's sustainability through energy efficiency and boosting organizational profitability. Though, most importantly, lighting can improve the wellbeing of the people who occupy the space. The WELL Building standard includes lighting as one of seven core concepts of health. LED lighting projects have been a popular building improvement in recent years, for energy efficiency returns alone. Did you know that advanced lighting controls and automation can add efficiency and health benefits to lighting programs?
The WELL Building Standard provides important guidance around the interests of human health, wellbeing, productivity and sustainability with a focus on the occupant. It includes benchmarks, goals and compliance requirements for owners and other building stakeholders. The WELL Building Standard covers seven core concepts of health: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind – for all types of buildings, including commercial office, retail, industrial, residential and restaurants.
Our last blog post on the WELL Building Standard discussed how building owners can maximize their "comfort" concept score for WELL certification. This post, the second in our series, is focused on the why the WELL Building Standard is so important for the "indoor air quality" (IAQ) environments of the future and how 75F can help you deliver improved air quality for your occupants and achieve top air quality scores toward WELL certification.
At the upcoming RFMA 2018 Restaurant Facility Management Association annual conference, 75F will share how restaurants can manage multiple locations with a single-pane-of-glass solution for HVAC, Refrigeration, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), Pressure, Humidity, Lighting and Energy Management. In addition to the machine-learning capabilities automatically optimizing performance, a restaurant manager can view real-time temperature and energy status across sites, then drill down to specific stores, zones, equipment and sensor readings for analysis and remote diagnostics. And, they can push schedule changes and other updates across sites with a single click.
Every day I talk with facility heads and facility managers from different companies. We talk about their plans and aspirations for their facilities. We talk about bottlenecks in achieving these goals and the possible resolutions. We talk about making the shift from investment-laden facility management to contributing to the company's bottom line.
One topic that comes up over and over again with most of these facility managers is 'building a work environment that makes employees productive and healthy.
Wellness standards exist for people, so why not also for buildings? After all, we spend about 90% of our lives indoors. Many of us spend seven to 10 hours each workday indoors. This equates to about 25% of our life spent indoors at work. That's a real bummer, especially if our indoor environment isn't healthy. Several studies show that productivity, mood and creativity can be boosted significantly with better indoor air quality and indoor environment quality. The WELL Building Standard guides and advises on the seven factors that can most impact human health and well being.