WELL Standard: New Approach to Designing Healthy Buildings

Participants of a business breakfast in the New City building discussed the latest trends in building design related to WELL: a new building standard that supports user health, productivity, well-being and comfort.

These trends are related to the new WELL standard, which aims at designing human-oriented buildings. The event was organized in collaboration with Hines Poland and the trends were presented by Bartosz Marcol, WSP expert and one of the first WELL AP in Poland.

During the discussion, participants pointed out that solutions recommended by WELL promote independent arrangement of internal environment by buildings’ users. Standard’s requirements encourage among others to informing the user whether conditions outside are optimal for opening a window, water in the building must meet a number of parameters, in restaurant sections of buildings users must be informed about composition of meals and stairways should be designed in a way that encourages to using them. The most avant-garde solutions are certainly health and wellness bookshelves or beds for taking a nap during work.

WELL breakfast, Warsaw, Poland

After the presentation, participants had an opportunity to see the most interesting solutions applied in New City, which obtained BREEAM In-Use certificate with Excellent rating and was nominated for BREEAM Awards 2016. Solutions applied in the building include Poland’s first automatic, interior bike rental for tenants, solutions convenient to cyclist, carpooling system, interior and exterior plants, green terrace for all building’s users and relax zone for tenants.

“In buildings managed by Hines we are focused not only on caring about the building, services’ coordination and broadly understood media consumption optimisation. Especially important for us is the building’s user and his wellbeing. In accordance with the idea that "Tenant comes first," we introduce a number of unique features to our facilities, organize regular thematic events for our tenants, verify the level of satisfaction of tenants through organization of regular surveys” - said Karolina Kucharczyk – Director of Office Developments’ Management at Hines Poland.

Ewa Kowalska-Ocneanu, Chief Sustainability at WSP, commented: „Solutions promoted by WELL aim at providing healthy work environment. Investors who decide to implement them and conduct certification will gain in terms of enhanced visibility on the market and higher rents, thanks to confirmation of building’s quality performed by an independent organization. Similarly, tenants gain in relation to higher productivity and lower absence. This standard is new to Polish market, but as event participants noted, broader implementation of WELL is just a matter of time.”