Skanska does it WELL
The environment has a direct impact on both physical and mental health. Well-being is also influenced by the floor space configuration and congestion level, noise, inside air quality and light.
On the inside, air can be anywhere between 2 to 5 times more polluted than on the outside.
Clean air means a lower risk of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, and is implicitly quantified in reducing health costs and increasing employers’ productivity.
Skanska buildings that are WELL certified are integrated with an air filter system that reduces pollution and stops the CO2 concentration from reaching dangerous levels.
Skanska guarantees air quality through the building’s characteristics: toxic materials such as asbestos and lead are excluded from the construction process. Also, WELL projects implement antimicrobial and antifungal measures and high performing ventilation systems.
A drop of only 2% in the body’s hydration level leads to a decrease in cognitive performance.
Skanska offers to their buildings’ inhabitants good quality drinking water, taken from the city’s distribution system, tested and purified to ensure it is of the highest quality.
Through the WELL standard, employees can enjoy fresh and nourishing food, always on hand. They are always warned about potential allergens, so they can make the most informed decisions.
The final customer has at his disposal a variety of healthy snacks, while the unhealthy variety is discouraged.
The correlation between the distance to the window, natural light and productivity is scientifically proven.
Skanska implements lighting systems that help and sustain the body’s circadian rhythm, ensuring a good quality sleep at night time.
The lighting fixtures’ orientation depends on the office monitor’s position, so the employees can enjoy a comfortable level of visual effort and eye strain can be avoided.
Tenants in WELL buildings will be able to enjoy working space characteristics that offer the opportunity to have an active lifestyle and encourage working out: running track on the roof and strategically placed interior stairs.
The end users have the benefit of working out when at the office, the opportunity to de-stress and grow their well-being and self-esteem.
All the layers of comfort (thermal, acoustic, ergonomic, olfactive and air humidity) can be optimized according to best suit the characteristics of workplace and the needs of its tenants.
WELL project users have control over the work environment’s parameters, which makes it pleasant and minimizes the chance of communication or focus difficulties.
WELL buildings include ramps for people with disabilities, contributing to a work environment that answers to a large number of employee’s needs.
WELL buildings include optimizations in design, technology and systems, therefore promoting cognitive and emotional health.
Skanska offers the end user the benefit of being educated about what WELL implies. This means a broader perspective on health, well-being and the features of a healthy lifestyle at a greater level than just the functional one.
Skanska makes it easy to form and consolidate communities at building level, using placemaking: this means integrating green spaces and co-working areas in Skanska buildings. Easy access to exterior spaces reduces the risk of mental disorders (such as depression) and celebrates life.