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.
A good office is about more than designer lighting and the right choice of furniture. The most modern office buildings in the Czech Republic try to make the time that their tenants spend inside them more pleasant using less traditional elements as well—like the silver screen and the buzzing of bees.
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...)
Why should there be a gym next to every healthy office? How does a staircase’s width affect how willing people are to walk up it? How many people are obese in the Czech Republic? You’ll be receiving answers to all of these questions from Arnold, a project manager at a company that’s headquartered at a building with WELL certification, which assesses buildings’ influence on people’s health.
We’re all part of a very new breed. We spend an average of 90% of our lives inside of buildings. And we spend nearly all of our workdays indoors. But to keep working right, humans needs light. When you don’t have natural light available, a high-quality source of artificial light should replace it.