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Healthy buildings

The purpose of buildings and the wider built environment is to meet the social needs of the people that use and interact with it. Whether this purpose is living, learning, healing, working or any other activity, the outcome for people over the life cycle is key. Wellbeing is the common thread through all building types, whether it is contributing to happiness, productivity, or fulfilment of human potential.


The WELL Standard

The standard currently applies to new construction and major renovations, tenant improvement and core and shell projects, however other project types are being piloted. Crucially, WELL only awards certification for proven performance in operation rather than the submission of design and construction paperwork.

Most of us spend more than 90% of our time indoors, so air quality and internal environment has a significant impact on our health and wellbeing. A building that delivers improved performance in this respect is increasingly seen as of greater value, in commercial as well as social and environmental terms.

Building regulation authorities globally are undertaking tireless work to achieve greater airtightness and energy savings from reduced ventilation rates. However, these changes have also increased the accumulation of harmful chemical compounds inside urban spaces. This, coupled with frequent headlines raising awareness on poor air quality in urban centres around the world, has led to occupiers, developers and construction professionals demanding healthier environments inside as well as outside of buildings.

Mott MacDonald has a market-leading position in materials consultancy and in-depth knowledge of the health effects of construction products having worked as the materials consultant on major new construction and fit-out projects globally. We combine this with our expertise in all aspects of building services and environmental engineering to provide an integrated consultancy with well-being at its heart.

We are often tasked with certifying the safety of building products to help protect the health and wellbeing of occupants. We work closely with manufacturers to gain their trust and achieve full transparency with ingredients used in construction products.

Our key expertise in healthy buildings includes:

  • Healthy material specification
  • Relevant EU regulations such as REACH, Construction Products Directive, Environmental performance declarations
  • Healthy building requirements integration into design and procurement management and verification
  • Global ecolabels and emission standards
  • LEEDv4 material ingredient optimisation
  • WELL certifications
  • Living Building Challenge
  • Noise and vibration and acoustics
  • Circadian lighting
  • Landscape design
  • Human factors
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