People are returning to work at offices after the pandemic, but it is well-known that workers are looking for health conscious spaces. Axios News recently posted about a co-working space called The Ring located in Clearwater, California, whose ultimate goal is to become the ‘healthiest co-working space in the world”.
“The co-working space is aiming to get a WELL Certification, a relatively new standard that certifies buildings for prioritizing occupants' well-being through core areas such as air, water, light, nourishment and fitness”.
But, what makes this space different?
Plants: Conference rooms and elevators have abundant plants, which helps to filter the air.
Shared areas: to assure ventilation and fresh air circulation, trash cans, printers and other things are set up on ‘common areas’ in which a specialized ventilation system is set up. “A specialized ventilation system immediately whisks away the air in the communal "printing room" when a print job is done, removing harmful chemicals from the air”.
Lighting: “Rooms are equipped with special lighting designed to reinforce occupants' circadian rhythms. Natural light pours in through large windows. Cork walls absorb excess sound.”
Aromatherapy: Even if this feature is optional, it is available to boost comfort feeling and also energy. Another completely different feature is the napping pod.
“To convince white-collar workers to choose an office over their home, companies will need to entice them with increased wellness amenities in whatever spaces workers will gather”.
WELL certification works as an extension of the LEED Certification for sustainable buildings. Both credentials are led by Green Building Certification Inc, and both complement each other “The co-working space is aiming to get a WELL Certification, a relatively new standard that certifies buildings for prioritizing occupants' well-being through core areas such as air, water, light, nourishment and fitness”.
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