How will Demand for Healthier Workplaces Impact Your Business?

By Julie D. Stern

“Workplaces that enhance employee health and well-being also enhance productivity—and employers’ financial bottom lines,” began Ed Klimek’s article, “Building for Wellness,” in the summer 2016 issue of Development magazine. Klimek described how the concept of “wellness” today is where “sustainability” was 15 years ago. But new research — the result of a recently announced collaboration between Delos and IBM — may soon offer fresh insights into the value of focusing on wellness when building workplaces and other indoor environments.

Delos, which pioneered the WELL Building Standard, has partnered with a variety of companies — including CBRE Group Inc., Chinese real estate company Sino-Ocean Land, Australia-based international real estate firm Lendlease and construction services provider Structure Tone — to increase awareness of the value of building for wellness and to expand adoption of the standard globally.

Delos and the Mayo Clinic have also collaborated to create the Well Living Lab, “a research facility dedicated to understanding the interaction between health and well-being and indoor environments through human-centered research. The purpose of the lab is to generate evidence-based information … that can be used in practical ways to create healthier spaces in which to live, work and play.”  It simulates a wide range of indoor environments, including offices, that allow scientists and other researchers to study the impacts of lighting, temperature, humidity, acoustics, air quality and more.

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