WELL Building Standard may attract and retain tenants

WELL Building Standard may attract and retain tenants

21 April 2017

Pioneered by Delos, the WELL Building Standard “marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research – harnessing the built environment as a vehicle to support human health and well-being.”

Delos says that WELL “sets performance requirements in seven concepts relevant to occupant health in the built environment – air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. WELL Certified™ spaces can help create a built environment that improves the nutrition, fitness, mood, sleep patterns, and performance of its occupants.”

WELL Certification is based on performance and requires a passing score in each of the seven categories. Certification is awarded at one of three levels: Silver, Gold and Platinum.

The Courier-Mail reported on Charter Hall’s most recent joint venture with John Holland, an office tower located at 11 Breakfast Creek Road, Newstead. The project is aiming to secure a silver-level WELL Core and Shell Certification.

Charter Hall’s regional development director Bradley Norris said that ongoing dialogue with tenants and prospective tenants about enhancing tenant’s health and wellbeing was fundamental to the program’s success.

“It’s about being a bit smarter in design in terms of ensuring you design certain requirements and having the flexibility from day one is important,” he said.

Ideally, such design will supply the space that will maximise a business’s productivity by retaining quality staff, reducing sick leave, and increasing the staff’s creativity and well-being.

Mr Norris said that 11 Breakfast Creek Rd was also seeking a 5 Star Green Star rating. If successful, those credits will overlap those needed for the WELL building standard.

The Courier Mail also said that additional WELL features at the Breakfast Creek Road project include: High filtration for all outdoor air entering the building; additional filtration for the potable water; lighting design to minimise glare; additional acoustic requirements; ensure the building is celebration of culture, spirit and place of the Gasworks precinct; and the provision of health and wellness library/education.