At KMD, the sustainable design discussion has evolved from simple talk about mitigating the damage buildings can cause to the environment to discussing what it means to be Zero Net Energy and implementing it. Sustainable design is rapidly evolving. Research, innovation and activism have led to advanced technology, new ideas about what it means to be sustainable and green regulations and codes which we seek to exceed.
Now we are looking at workplace wellness with The WELL Building Standard—a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and wellbeing, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. WELL explores the connection between the buildings where we spend most of our time, and the health and wellness of its occupants.
Hannah Arthur, KMD’s first WELL Accredited Professional and leader of our Sustainability Team, has conducted a series of collaborative workshops, with the staff from all office locations, to inform us of the WELL Building Standard and to gain insight into the needs of the staff related to the seven WELL Concepts.
Hannah says, “The workshops foster an engaging and supportive environment that aim to promote sustainable and healthy behaviors, not only within our workplace, but also with future clients.”
For more information on our sustainable design approach contact Hannah.
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