Healthy inspiration: five projects that push the limits of healthy buildings

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The property industry is poised for a major shift towards healthier building methods and design practices. We’ve uncovered five inspirational projects that push the limits of healthy buildings.

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Healthy inspiration: five projects that push the limits of healthy buildings 

The property industry is poised for a major shift towards healthier building methods and design practices. With new and inexorable research becoming more available, the industry is preparing for a new age of building that prioritises environmental sustainability and the physical, mental, and social well-being of occupants in ways never seen before. From corporate offices to entire towns, we’ve uncovered five inspirational projects that push the limits of healthy buildings.

  1. JLL’s recent office refit in Shanghai is an inspiring example of a workplace that seamlessly integrates technology and wellbeing. Green walls, plant life, nutritious food and a 24 hour gym all help bring a sense of calm and wellness to the space. On top of all this, the water and air is filtered to exacting WELL standards while air quality is monitored in real-time.
  2. 22 Bishopsgate – due for completion in 2019 – will be a new “vertical village campus” in the heart of the City of London. The developer is providing an array of shared, social, eating and fitness spaces covering 100,000 square feet and a rich program of public art to bring the public spaces to life. The building is the first major new-build in the UK registered for WELL certification – the first world’s first building standard focused solely on human health and wellbeing.
  3. JLL’s WELL certified New York City headquarters, provide a quiet and peaceful oasis in the busy city with sound insulation and scenic views. Employees love the adjustable sit-stand desks, purified water, healthy snacks, the artwork and varied fitness programs. “JLL’s new offices in Lower Manhattan are intended to showcase the benefits of sustainability and wellness building standards that we advise our clients to follow,” says Managing Director Dana Robbins Schneider.
  4. ReGen Villages is a start-up real estate development company aiming to build high tech self-sufficient residential communities all over the world. The first 100-home village near Almere, Netherlands is nearing completion and will make its own energy, handle its own waste and grow its own food in a closed loop. The site will feature food forests, vertical garden systems and other advanced methods for growing ‘literally tons of abundant organic food every year’.
  5. One of 10 NHS Healthy Towns, NW Bicester’s vision is to create a place where healthy living comes as standard. Getting people moving is a key aim with 40% green space, abundant pedestrian and cycle networks and safe street design. It includes new integrated healthcare service models such as patient-activated technologies. The first phase of 393 homes will be completed in 2018.

PREPARE FOR A NEW AGE OF BUILDING

Shifts within the construction industry are causing a surge in health and wellness-focused properties. A host of new standards have emerged – including WELL, fitwel and the Living Building Challenge  – all geared towards enhancing the health and well-being of building occupants. At JLL we envisage this movement following a similar trajectory to the green building movement. In this sense buildings of the future will need to perform not only from the financial or sustainability perspective but from a health and wellbeing standpoint too. Is it time your buildings had a health check?

Article written by Lora Brill and edited by Laura Jockers in JLL’s Upstream Sustainability Services team.

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