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how light is related to sleep-wake cycles and
how temperature affects employees’ mental
health, the certification aims to encourage
and enable healthy habits.
Though it was conceived in the United
States, the WELL Building Standard is quickly
being noticed in Australia, with a number
of organisations beginning to implement
the standards. At Mirvac, we are already
receiving interest from tenants as to how
we can work with them to fulfil the WELL
requirements for their office spaces through
the planning, development and construction
of their assets.
The certification is secured by achieving
credits in seven categories that impact the
health, comfort and knowledge of occupants
through design, operations and behaviour,
3 Air: Optimising indoor air quality
through prevention and/or removal of
airborne contaminants, and purification.
3 Water: Enhancing water quality while
promoting accessibility, including the
removal of contaminants through
filtration and treatment.
3 Nourishment: Encouraging healthy
eating habits by providing occupants with
healthier food choices, behavioural cues,
and knowledge about nutrient quality.
3 Light: Minimising disruption to the
body’s circadian rhythm through
window performance and design,
light output and lighting controls, and
task-appropriate illumination levels to
improve energy, mood and productivity.
3 Fitness: Using building design
technologies and knowledge-based
strategies to encourage physical
activity. For example, including
spaces that are designed to provide
numerous opportunities for activity and
exertion, which enable occupants to
accommodate fitness regimens within
their daily schedule.
3 Comfort: Creating an indoor
environment that is distraction-
free, productive and soothing.
Solutions include thermal and
acoustic controllability, and policy
implementation covering acoustic and
thermal parameters that are known
sources of discomfort.
3 Mind: Supporting mental and
emotional health by providing the
occupant with regular feedback and
knowledge about their environment
through design elements, relaxation
spaces and state-of-the-art technology.
Many of the concepts, and even the
technology, outlined in the WELL Building
Standard are already understood and used
by Australian organisations; however, this
standard augments the key concepts and
offers a clear direction for how each should
be practically applied to a workspace and
operationally rolled out.
Mirvac will become one of the first adopters
of the WELL Building Standard in Australia at
our new 200 George Street headquarters, at
which we are currently working to achieving
WELL Gold Certification.
We began this work several months ago
with a pre-occupancy assessment, using the
BOSSA indoor environment quality (IEQ)
assessment methodology to capture both
qualitative and quantitative feedback from the
space and the users. We completed this in
both our existing space, and in the new pilot
space in our current building. The intention is
to then complete a post-occupancy evaluation
at our new headquarters.
Demonstrating our commitment to
improving the health and wellbeing of our
team through the workplaces that we create,
Mirvac’s new headquarters will respond to
the workplace environment and employees’
needs in real time.
For example, technology within the
headquarters will monitor power and water
usage, and the quality of the air through
SAMBA sensors, enabling adjustment
according to the needs of the building and
its occupants. Data captured will be used
to manage the headquarters, as well as
to inform how we can help our tenants to
build workspaces in the future – essentially
creating a ‘living lab’. In addition, a ‘smart’
tenancy app will provide live information on
usage and availability to employees, such
as allowing Mirvac employees to see which
workspaces are available across Mirvac’s
floors. The app will also provide tours linked
to beacons located throughout the space, so
that both employees and visitors can learn as
they pass through the tenancy.
The 200 George Street office will also
include a biophilic pathway in response to
the human physiological need to be around
nature. Incorporating nature’s patterns
throughout the design will ensure that
employees and visitors access green living
spaces and views at regular points while in
Although it’s new to the industry,
the WELL Building Standard is already
impacting the way that global leaders in
sustainability, office development and
facilities management are thinking about,
and incorporating, health and wellness into
our buildings. At Mirvac, we’re excited to be
at the forefront of a trend that will ultimately
improve the lives of our employees, and
those of our tenants’ employees.
We are committed to employees and
visitors alike leaving the building healthier and
more enlightened than when they arrived.
Artist’s impression of Mirvac’s new headquarters
1 2016 WELL BUILDING STANDARD PDF
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