Perkins Eastmans WELL Platinum Chicago office prioritizes employee health

January 11, 2021 by  
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Global architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman has earned WELL Platinum certification for its new Chicago studio, making it the first WELL Platinum-certified project in the state of Illinois and the fourth of its kind in the U.S. Awarded through the International WELL Building Institute’s (IWBI) WELL v2 pilot, the workplace earned this prestigious distinction with its health-focused design based on 10 categories of building performance. Established in October 2014 and currently in its second iteration, the WELL program was created by the U.S. Green Building Council, the same organization behind the LEED certification program. Unlike LEED, which deals primarily on building performance, the WELL certification program focuses mainly on people by advancing health and wellness with criteria such as air quality and access to natural light. Related: New International WELL Building Institute HQ achieves Platinum In addition to achieving WELL Platinum certification, Perkins Eastman’s Chicago studio is located in the historic Rookery building that was recently awarded the WELL Health & Safety Rating, which was specifically created with post-pandemic workplaces in mind. Designed by the Chicago studio in collaboration with the Perkins Eastman workplace design team, the newly certified office meets WELL’s 10 categories of building performance: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Thermal Comfort, Sound, Materials, Mind and Community. The office includes features such as air quality sensors that measure carbon dioxide, TVOC, humidity, temperature and particulate matter levels; acoustic felt wall and ceiling treatments; and full sit/stand stations for flexible working options. “WELL certification will be even more important for workspaces as restrictions lift following the COVID-19 crisis and people begin heading back to their offices,” said Jerry Walleck, AIA, managing principal of Perkins Eastman’s Chicago studio. “The care and attention that we paid to improving air quality, particularly in following the guidelines of the WELL Building Standard, helped us create an environment that is healthier and safer for our employees as they return to the office.” + Perkins Eastman Photography by Andrew Rugge via Perkins Eastman

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This will be the worlds largest Passive House-certified office building

January 1, 2021 by  
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Boston’s Financial District will soon welcome the groundbreaking Winthrop Center, a year-round, mixed-use gathering space with a suite of impressive eco-friendly credentials. Designed by Handel Architects in partnership with MIT professors, Winthrop Center will not only target LEED certifications and a WELL certification but is also expected to become the largest Passive House-certified office building in the world. The project takes COVID-19-era concerns into account with its emphasis on healthier indoor environments and will include features such as MERV 15 filtration and airtight workspaces that minimize moisture transfer and entry of contaminants. Slated for completion in 2022, the 691-foot-tall Winthrop Center will offer over 1.8 million square feet of mixed-use programming, including 812,000 square feet of Global Class A office space, 572,000 square feet of residential space (with 321 luxury residences) and the renovation of the existing One Winthrop Square into a grand new public space with year-round programming. At the heart of the project is The Connector, a ground-floor urban “living room” wrapped in 50-foot-tall structural glass walls that opens up to Winthrop Square and Federal Street to directly engage the pedestrian realm. The gathering space will be open to the public throughout all seasons from morning to night. Related: New International WELL Building Institute HQ achieves Platinum To meet LEED standards, the Winthrop Center will feature a high-performance exterior envelope to minimize solar heat gain while maximizing access to natural light. The curtainwall design will be constructed with triple-glazed insulated glass windows with glass spandrel panels for an average of R-30. Responsible water usage strategies, recycling, sustainable materials use and sourcing as well as energy-efficient building operations will also be incorporated. The office and public spaces will target LEED Platinum certifications, while the building’s residential component will be designed to LEED Gold standards. The office spaces will also target WELL Gold certification and provide occupants with a healthy indoor environment through elements such as improved air and water quality, healthier food options, encouragement of physical activity and enhanced natural lighting throughout. Office spaces are designed for flexibility to promote collaboration and connections. + Handel Architects Images by Handel Architects

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How business can affect human rights: 4 lessons from peacebuilding and development

September 3, 2019 by  
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We can do more to proactively protect the well-being of people in communities where businesses operate — with the power of the private sector.

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15 Soothing Bedroom Plants to Help You Sleep

November 16, 2017 by  
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Sleep is an essential part of our well-being. The process … The post 15 Soothing Bedroom Plants to Help You Sleep appeared first on Earth911.com.

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How CSR execs redefine the future of the workforce

July 19, 2017 by  
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Putting the well-being of your workforce at the core of CSR strategy is key to winning talent — and the right to conduct business.

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Living on the brink of resilience

December 24, 2016 by  
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If not for the well-being of all of the people and all of those to come, what is an economy for?

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Centuries-old stable is converted into a self-sustaining dream home

August 22, 2016 by  
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Perched on a mountain in the north of Ibiza, the white modern home retains traces of the original stable including the ‘sabina beams’ and ancient stonewalls . Since the stable was seriously deteriorated, the architects could only salvage the walls and parts of the roof. To respect the local vernacular, only materials with a history of use on the island were added to the redesign, such as the iroko window frames and white chalk-plastered stonewalls. Related: Old horse stable transformed into a chic art studio and guesthouse The contemporary and luxurious interior is decorated with boutique designer items, including the Coco-mat beds and Modern Vintage furniture and lighting. The off-grid abode is powered entirely by solar energy and water is pumped in from a private well. “The result is a fantastic contemporary residence where contrast plays a big role; old and new, sleek and rustic, light and dark,” write the architects. “At the same time there’s a certain balance as well, and everywhere you look something is happening. With an incredible view from the mountain, a yoga platform above the house and many fruit trees and a vegetable garden, this is truly a piece of paradise.” + Standard Studio + Ibiza Interiors Images via Standard Studio and Ibiza Interiors

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Green Your Workplace: 10 Tips & Tricks to Save Money + Reduce Waste

August 19, 2015 by  
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Reports estimate that workers miss 450 million additional days of work each year in the US due to illness. This translates to $153 billion in annual lost productivity, according to Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Other research conditions place…

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Earth Day Fail: The worst pitches of 2012

April 20, 2012 by  
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Aside from the well-intentioned efforts of a few notable companies, Earth Day often serves as a launchpad for misguided, ill-conceived and downright counterproductive green-themed pitches. Here are some of this year's worst.

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How corporations are celebrating Earth Day 2012

April 20, 2012 by  
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Our survey of corporations confirms that many have planned Earth Day activities to grow employee engagement on sustainability. Here's what's happening April 22.

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