August is National Wellness Month, and it’s the perfect time to focus on ways in which your space can improve your employees quality of life and well-being. 

There’s no question that buildings play a particularly crucial role when it comes to health. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends 93 percent of their life indoors, which means a building designed with wellness in mind can have a dramatic impact. 

So what makes a building “healthy” and how can it be accomplished? These 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building are a great start in creating a healthy facility that protects its occupants health and well-being:

1.) Ventilation

Meet or exceed local guidelines for outdoor air. Filter outdoor and recirculated air with a minimum removal efficiency of 75% for all particle-size fractions including nano

2.) Air quality

You can ensure good air quality in your buildings by opting for supplies, furnishings, and building materials with low chemical emissions to limit sources of volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds.

3.)Thermal health

Meet minimum thermal comfort standards for temperature and humidity and keep thermal conditions consistent throughout the day. Provide individual level thermal control.

4.) Moisture

Conduct regular inspections of roofing, plumbing, ceilings and HVAC equipment. When moisture or mold is found, immediately address the source and dry or replace contaminated materials.

5.) Dusts & pests

Use high-efficiency filter vacuums and clean surfaces regularly. Seal entry points, prevent moisture buildup, and remove trash. Avoid pesticide use.

6.) Safety & Security

Meet fire safety and carbon monoxide monitoring standards. Provide adequate lighting and use video monitoring, interactive patrols, and incident reporting. Maintain an emergency action plan.

7.) Water quality

Meet the U.S. National Drinking Water Standards. Install purification system, if necessary. Ensure residual disinfectant levels are sufficient to control microbes, but not in excess. Prevent stagnation in pipes.

8.) Noise

Protect against outdoor noises and control indoor noise such as mechanical equipment. Provide spaces that minimize background noise to 35db and a maximum reverberation time of 0.7 seconds.

9.) Lighting and views

Provide as much daylight and/or high intensity blue-enriched lighting as possible. Provide direct lines of sight to windows from all workstations. Incorporate nature and nature-inspired design indoors.

At Monarch, our focus on wellness is what makes us unique. Wellness is here to stay, and translating what wellness means into your workplace can leave employees wanting more. 

Interested in ways to keep wellness at the forefront in your own workplace? We can help! Visit our contact page.

Until next time,

Brian + Ben

Monarch CRE

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