M Moser steps ahead on workplace well-being with its first WELL AP
M Moser’s first WELL AP, Dr Christine Bruckner, FAIA, leads a growing team of M Moser designers, engineers and planners apt at offering clients expertise in human-centred sustainability or ‘wellbeing’, an increasingly important facet of workplace design.
This can embrace everything in a design that contributes to the health, happiness and – ultimately – the effectiveness of the end-user. As workplace architects, our aim is to create spaces that enable people to perform at their best. This goes beyond spatial quality, sequence and materiality; it also means looking at more intangible essential needs – from good air quality to reduced noise, and other factors” said Bruckner.
“An office designed with an eye on ‘wellness’ would encourage people to move around, exercise and be engaged. It would have healthy food and filtered water easily accessible, incorporate multiple types of workspaces to allow for varied postures and interactions, and have natural lighting and carefully managed acoustics.”
The global WELL Building Standard provides designers and clients with a system of metrics and best practice guidelines focusing on important factors in human sustainability, with a focus on air, water, nutrition, light, fitness, comfort and mind.
According to WELL’s surveys, improvements in these areas can have a material positive impact on the workplace: 92% of end-users in WELL certified workplaces felt their environment had a positive impact on their health and well-being while 94% felt it had a positive effect on their business performance. Meanwhile, 83% of those surveyed reported feeling more productive.