When you think about wellness, you think about personal and family health. Here is the twist. Buildings can also be WELL.
“Healthy people in healthy places equals a healthy economy.” – U.S. Green Building Council.
When employees spend up to 80 percent of their workday in a building or students learn in school environments, it makes sense that these surroundings should have standards of wellness too. Medical research supports environments that positively impact overall health and wellness. WELL standards focusing on air quality, water filtration, natural light, comfort, fitness, traffic patterns, and nutrition, all contributing to mind and body wellness.
The way we design and build our communities can potentially improve the quality of life. WELL Building Standard® is a standard of measurement to monitor these features. WELL is managed by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), a public benefit corporation. The mission is to improve wellness.
C.D. Smith Construction has experience with building plans and clients seeking WELL certification. When building WELL, some components that are considered include:
And this is just a slice of the milestones that are required to attain WELL certification.
So why wouldn’t all construction be WELL construction? It takes time, money, education, and experience to build WELL. But as with most good things, they come to those who invest for the long haul and the end payout. Healthy employees, students, and community.
“C.D. Smith is committed to holistically enhancing the environment, economics, and social well-being of the communities in which we live, work, and play. Our teams are committed to green and well-building. We can help you understand the financial and business impacts of a sustainable approach to building so you can make the most informed decisions.” Greg Sabel, SVP, C.D. Smith Construction.
Are you considering WELL options for your next build? Visit cdsmith.com/our-sustainability for more information. SSM Health, Beaver Dam, is an example of a WELL-certified clinic built by C.D. Smith Construction.
Date: Apr 6, 2021 | Author: Marc McGuire
Our commitment to holistically enhancing the current and future environmental, economic and societal well-being of the communities in which we live, work and play in begins with education. We have a team devoted to understanding the difference between green building and a sustainable built environment. Our team will help you weigh the financial and business impacts of building green, through a sustainable approach, to make the most informed decisions. Join us in our commitment to
We are proud of the sustainable design and construction that went into our new headquarters. Key sustainable features include:
Atop of our new headquarters sits a 94kW ballasted, solar photovoltaic system. The system features five SolarEdge Technologies Inc. inverters and (294) REC Group 320w modules. It is projected to offset an estimated up to 39.1% of our electric energy consumption. That’s saving over 93 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year!
Floor to ceiling, energy-efficient windows throughout the C.D. Smtih headquarters optimize daylight to reduce energy consumption by offsetting the amount of electricity lightly needed to properly light spaces in the building.
Tracking and metering of systems allow for decreased operating costs, enhanced system performance, energy savings, increased comfort and overall increased control of building infrastructure.
Reusable cups are located in cafes. Recycling Stations are located throughout the building along with bottle filling stations. Office employees are making a valiant effort to go paperless.
As a part of our green initiatives, C.D. Smith is practicing sustainable landscaping. Native planting takes two to three years to develop and requires maintenance for the plants to successfully establish. Maintenance may include mowing, weed management, and prescribed burning. The land surrounding the building will look different throughout the season and every year.
Through a proactive safety program, strict standards and our “Think Safe. Work Safe.” campaign, we have built a solid culture where safety is our number one priority day in and day out.
C.D. Smith supports many local organizations through sponsorship programs and monetary donations in our community and in the communities with which we work. In the past 10 years, we have donated over $4 million to businesses and organizations throughout the state of Wisconsin, from small community clubs to large non-profit organizations.
Building community is the foundation of our organization. By supporting community initiatives, economic growth and development, we feel privileged to help ensure our team members have solid places to live, work, volunteer, serve and play.