Smart Buildings

The Rise of Health Certification in Commercial Real Estate

We have long recognized the importance of our buildings on human health. Studies dating back decades have highlighted huge amounts of time we spend in buildings and how the indoor environment can impact our physical, and mental health. Performance metrics and certification programs around indoor health began to emerge in the 2010s but were still largely overshadowed by those focused on productivity and energy efficiency. However, there is no better way to shift the world’s focus to health than a once-in-a-century pandemic, and the advent of COVID-19 has subsequently raised the importance of health in commercial real estate. Today we assess the old and new building certifications driving the health agenda. “Even before COVID-19 and social distancing, humans were spending an incredible amount of time indoors—roughly 90% of our time, in fact. All this time spent indoors has a tremendous impact on our health and wellness, but now, more than ever, the quality of our building environments […]

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