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Proven paths to healthier workplaces

Written by: Alexa Stone

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the average workday was 7.9 hours. Now, as many Americans return to office and commercial buildings, human health in those environments has become more important than ever!

Varied certification and accreditation programs respond to today’s public health needs. These programs provide standards that can benefit every occupant in every building.

WELL Certification

WEEL Building Institute

WELL certification, created in 2013, focuses on  working conditions that protect the environment and human health. A science-based standard, WELL requires third-party verification. It addresses workplace sustainability from several perspectives, all focused on the employee.

As of 2021, the count of WELL projects in 98 countries reached 32,736, certifying an astonishing 3.11 billion square feet.

WELL focuses on seven factors, or Concepts, by measuring the building attributes that have greatest potential impact on occupant health:

  • Air quality
  • Water quality
  • Nourishment
  • Fitness
  • Light
  • Comfort
  • Mind

Once the building is constructed and occupied, an assessor evaluates it. Registrants have up to 5 years to complete the certification. To maintain the certification, WELL must be recertified every 3 years.

Fitwel Certification

Fitwel Logo

Over 2,700 projects in more than 40 countries have registered with Fitwel. Fitwel scorecards are tailored to specific types of new buildings, existing buildings, or sites:

  • Multi-tenant base building
  • Multi-tenant whole building
  • Single-tenant building
  • Commercial interior space
  • Multi-family residential
  • Retail
  • Community and commercial sites

Fitwel Certification is valid for three years, with recentification available any time after that.

GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation

The Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s GBAC STAR facility accreditation program is a comprehensive outbreak prevention, response, and recovery accreditation which has been earned at over 1,900 facilities in more than 80 countries.

As conference and sports venues re-open, many are better equipped than ever to respond to public health challenges. The best practices at those facilities promote public health and optimize venue staff safety. That can earn GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation as 20 elements of disinfection, cleaning, and infectious disease spread prevention are documented and achieved.

ecoPreserve has assisted with GBAC STAR Accreditation at facilities across the southeast:

    • R.P. Funding Center
    • Orange County Convention Center
    • Amway Center
    • Camping World Stadium
    • Tampa Convention Center
    • Hot Springs Convention Center
    • Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center
LEED Certification

In 1998, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) initiated Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.  It provides a framework for green buildings that are healthy and cost-saving.

LEED is a globally-recognized achievement in sustainability. Buildings earning Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum certification promote workplace health while conserving utilities and better managing materials waste.

Buildings totaling over 24 billion square feet have earned LEED certification.

For over 12 years, experienced and certified ecoPreserve consultants have helped organizations achieve greater sustainability through USGBC LEED, WELL, Fitwel, GBAC STAR, and several other accreditation programs.

Let us know how ecoPreserve can help your organization on its journey to sustainability and resiliency!