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How a workplace can truly be WELL

So… what is WELL? The WELL Building Standard is managed and administered by the International WELL Building Institute, whose main focus is to improve human well-being and health through the built environment. USGBC describes WELL as a “performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being, […]
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IEQ @theOffice

Keep it fresh Many of the chemical products most essential to the office can trigger worker allergies and sickness. As a best practice, take a few minutes to know where, when, and how these categories of product are being used: Adhesives Cleaners Paints Pesticides Solvents Look for the least caustic, volitile, and odiferous products in […]
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Quick-Wins for a Quieter Workplace

[mks_dropcap style=”letter” size=”52″ bg_color=”#ffffff” txt_color=”#009966″]C[/mks_dropcap]ould it be true that, on average, office workers are interrupted every few minutes… and on average, interruptions cause more than 20 unproductive minutes? Woah! That would make every interruption costly… and these simple, popular ways to reduce interruptions could be valuable: Quiet zones It doesn’t take a bulldozer or sledgehammer to […]

Quick wins for better breathing

Fresh air beats air fresheners Who doesn’t like the aroma of cinnamon, apple, or vanilla? Unfortunately, the chemicals used to create these scents can aggravate allergies or worse. Keep it simple and steer away from artificial air fresheners. Strategically increase ventilation Airing out your office or residence is a good idea, but must be done […]
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Sustainability means wellness

Building owners, managers, and tenants hear a lot about the savings and energy efficiency that results from sustainability. They may know that the U.S. Green Building Council has reported that substantially lower maintenance costs are associated with LEED-certified buildings, as compared to typical commercial buildings. Retrofit projects for green building typically trim first-year operating costs […]
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Two Certifications for Better Buildings

While Chief Executive Officer of Xerox, Anne M. Mulcahy wrote, “Employees are a company’s greatest asset – they’re your competitive advantage.” From the perspective of that CEO and others in business, employees are the most valuable asset within any built environment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Americans average 7.9 hours per day at […]