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What are the benefits of the WELL Building Standard for facilities managers?

Facilities managers, already under pressure to achieve sustainability standards including BREEAM and LEED, could be forgiven for dismissing the WELL Building Standard as yet another time and money-consuming accreditation.

But what exactly are the benefits of the WELL Building Standard, and should FMs strive to attain certification?

The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based accreditation that measures, certifies and monitors seven facets of the built environment that affect human health and wellbeing. These are air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. The seven concepts in this exhaustive standard are made up of 102 features, including everything from air filtration to hand washing.

Performance verification involves inspection and testing of factors such as air and water quality and takes up to three days to complete, with reassessment required every three years.

FMs should not be deterred by the effort required to achieve certification, as there are several benefits that make the WELL Building Standard worth investing the time and resources in order to achieve it.

Improvements to equipment such as heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems can significantly boost the health and wellbeing of staff – which in turn increases productivity, reduces absenteeism and lowers employee turnover. This subsequently helps businesses to cut the cost of recruitment and training.

A business boasting WELL Building Standard accreditation enjoys improved public perception as an environmentally-conscious organisation, while the premises are more appealing to prospective tenants.

FMs can go a long way towards achieving WELL Building Standard certification with innovative HVAC sterilisation equipment such as CoilCare®.

This ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) system is supplied and installed by Gibbons Ultraviolet Solutions in association with BioZone Scientific International and uses ultraviolet-C (UVC) light to eradicate 99% of contaminants from the cooling coil surface within an air handling unit (AHU).

The equipment can be fitted to new and existing installations, offering a solution that, with continued use, prevents future build-up and significantly improves indoor air quality.

For more information about CoilCare®, or how Gibbons Ultraviolet Solutions can assist with WELL Building Standard accreditation, call Colin Hardman on 07940 544206 or email colin@gibbonsgroup.co.uk

HVAC Services, Ultraviolet Solutions

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