New International WELL Building Institute HQ achieves Platinum

July 27, 2020 by  
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The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) hired midtown Manhattan studio COOKFOX to design its new headquarters with the goal of exceeding its own standards for health-focused work environments. The historic building dates back to 1912, a challenge that the client company welcomed in order to demonstrate WELL standards’ applicability for a wide range of project types. The office space has since achieved WELL Platinum Certification for its commitment to employee wellness. IWBI provides the leading global standard for buildings, interior spaces and communities that support and advance human health and wellness. WELL Certification guidelines are currently being used in 60 countries with over 4,100 buildings either certified or pursuing certification. Related: Newly renovated Seventh Generation HQ focuses on sustainability COOKFOX’s own studio, located near the new IWBI HQ, had already achieved WELL Gold certification back in 2017, so the two companies were able to easily work together to develop strategies. The design emphasized wellness ideals such as the maximization of natural light and air, thoughtful recycled and low-impact building materials and high-filtration air ventilation systems. The office provides healthy food in its kitchens and increases employee connectivity to nature through the use of plants, light and fresh air to encourage an active work style. “With access to natural light, dynamic workstations and a combination of both design and policy elements that support mental resilience, the IWBI team truly felt a sense of ownership and pride in our office space,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO of IWBI. “By creating a space that mirrors our values, our journey to certification has been an especially meaningful and enlightening experience for us, and one that we intend to share with our community. The space is more than just a headquarters for our staff; it is an extension of our values and a showcase of what WELL stands for. We invite our community to visit, work and learn with us when we can.” Especially given the current COVID-19 health crisis, IWBI tackled the additional task of ensuring a supplemental virus-free and future-resilient work environment as employees begin to return to work. This included efficient air ventilation and filtration, hand-washing stations, additional cleaning product protocols and food safety. + COOKFOX Photography by Eric Laignel via COOKFOX

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New International WELL Building Institute HQ achieves Platinum

Gift Wisely With These 10 Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Ideas

December 2, 2015 by  
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Let’s face it – the overspending and debt accumulation of the holidays has reached an ALL. TIME. HIGH. If the additional 25 percent household waste generated during the holidays (about 1 million extra tons – eek!) doesn’t scream commercialization,…

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The 60-Watt Replacement LED Bulb Arrives

November 28, 2010 by  
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For years we have been watching as LED technology has improved and the cost of LED replacement bulbs has gotten lower and lower. Compact fluorescent bulbs have become commonplace, which has been instrumental in saving energy and lowering electricity costs for millions of consumers.

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turkey is the straw.

September 5, 2010 by  
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Here’s one more thing you can to do make the most out of your mug of Joe in the morning (and yes, we do mean mug .): skip that plastic stirring device. Those little straws are only so great for about 8 seconds – and then they typically get discarded. Multiply this by the activities of thousands of caffeine junkies every morning and that’s a lot of plastic.

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