Prioritizing Health
And Safety

covid-19 response

Infectious disease and the built environment have a long history of impacts. New York State Tenement House Act was established in 1901 was the first law to enact building standards to promote ventilation. The result of laws like this had a drastic impact on the rate of infectious disease.

The current pandemic provides another opportunity for a response to infectious disease that is influenced by the built environment. The following programs demonstrate a visible commitment from a third-party verification to provide occupants security that established programs and protocol are in place to protect their health for this pandemic and future disease mitigation.

  • WELL Health and Safety Rating – This program requires 15 of 25 possible features that cover the following areas: Air and Water, Emergency Response, Health Benefits, Cleaning, and Engagement. Learn more here.
  • Fitwel Viral Response Module – The module covers three areas aimed at viral transmission: Enhance Indoor Environments, Encourage Behavioral Change, and Build Occupant Trust. Learn more here.
  • Arc Reentry Plan – This program includes facility and occupant surveys as well as IAQ data. It provides tools to benchmark infection control policies and procedures. Learn more here.
  • LEED Safety First Pilot Credits – These pilot credits apply only to LEED certification process and are not an individual certification or rating. The language can be used as guidelines for existing building operations. Learn more here.

Our experience lends to a greater understanding of building systems and impacts on thermal comfort and ventilation. Contact us for additional support that may not be covered in one of these rating systems.