In April, the Prague office project named Visionary obtained WELL for Core and Shell – a certification marking it as a healthy building. This complex in Prague’s Holešovice district has thus become the first office project not only in the country, but also in all of Central Europe to receive this prestigious recognition.
What’s the atmosphere like at your job? We’re not talking about the mood among your workmates, but the literal concentration of CO2 and other substances floating through the air. All of these have a strong influence on people’s health and performance.
It’s high time for you to move over to a healthier office. Why? In a recent test (published in Building and Environment, 2017) performed by American scientists, workers in certified green buildings performed 26.4% than workers in “sick” buildings. And above all, it’s said that they make more money.
How does an office’s daylight affect how you sleep at night? What’s the relationship between bad smells and bad productivity? Or the relationship between your water intake and headaches? These are just three of the questions that our series on WELL building certification will answer. We’ve prepared these articles in cooperation with the Skanska company.
International WELL certification defines what the ideal office should be like, not only for its users’ physical health, but also to ensure their mental comfort. These are two vessels that flow into each other and influence each other.
You should evaluate the quality of your office based both on what it adds and on what it can subtract—the distractions it can remove from developers, architects, and designers. Eliminating distractions maximizes their workplace comfort from the standpoint of all of their senses. (Unfortunately not even the best architects can rid themselves of distracting workmates...)