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Mindful : February 2019
The latest WELL Building Standard evaluates structures using these criteria. 10 Concepts for Healthier Buildings the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that, on average, Americans spend about 90% of their time behind closed doors, whether in their homes, offices, and cars, or in theaters, res- taurants, and malls. For many, that means being cooped up for half of their waking hours in a workplace whose computer screens may cause headaches and eyestrain. Whose cleaning products may give rise to nausea and dizziness. Whose mold-encrusted wall interiors may provoke sleep disorders or cog ni- tive impairment. Whose drinking fountains may dispense water tinged with unhealthy levels of lead, copper, or mercury. Whose carpeting and pressed-wood furniture may leach cancer-causing volatile organic com- pounds. Whose cramped, window- less cubicles may foster isolation and despair. Whose culture of presumed around-the-clock dedication to the cause may be a recipe for heart dis- ease, divorce, and depression. The WELL Building Standard, released publicly in October 2014 and updated in early 2018, offers solutions specifically designed to address these and other causes of ill health, particu- larly in the workplace. From the get- go, this person-oriented rating system was a natural—if late-in-coming— complement to the more environmen- tally focused LEED, unveiled in 2000 by the US Green Building Council. “ We’ve known for a long time—lit- erally decades—that office environ- ments can impact human health and productivity,” says Joel Makower, chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz, which has been at the fore- front of chronicling the intersection of business and sustainability. “And we’ve known about the solutions, from increased air flow and daylight- ing to increased worker control over her work space and work style. But it’s taken this long for employers to catch on to the business benefits of healthy, or well, buildings.” When employers finally do undergo that WELL certification process, specially trained third-party experts score their ability to meet dozens PHOTOGRAPHBYLUKASZSZMIGIEL/UNSPLASH 70 mindful February 2019