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Building owners and developers who capitalise on health & wellbeing will benefit in post-pandemic world

A new report from JLL highlights the key trends over the next five years that developers and building owners will need to address to meet the radically altered needs of occupiers, who have been forced to re-think their relationship to the office as a result of the pandemic.

JLL’s new Creating Places People Want To Be report provides guidance for developers and owners on the requirements needed to meet the post-pandemic demand of occupiers. With health and wellness becoming a central focus for any occupier, JLL says it is essential for owners to benchmark the key facets of their spaces and operations by assessing air quality, lighting, acoustics, biophilic design and activity levels.

As part of meeting new health and wellness standards, owners and developers have a few accreditations at their disposal to entice occupiers:

  • WELL: The world’s first building standard focused exclusively on human health and wellness. This includes strategies that aim to advance health by setting performance standards for design interventions, operational protocols and policies.
  • RESET: A performance-based air quality standard for commercial buildings. An ongoing performance measurement system which will ensure buildings are consistently adhering to strict air quality standards.

JLL’s research highlights that optimisation of the built environment to increase health and wellness will be the key differentiator for occupiers as people return to the office, and ensuring your building is future-proofed with the required technology to achieve these demands is essential. Technology updates such as those to smart building systems and automation, occupational and density sensors and facility management workflow tools will all be critical to the post-pandemic workplace.

Katie Kopec, Lead Director, Strategic Development Consulting at JLL, said:“The acceleration of ‘green health’ and the appreciation of our environment being a key indicator of mental health and happiness has driven a real imperative to ensure we have a softer, kinder recovery to a new normal. Those who address health & wellbeing now will reap the benefits of not only creating great places but also delivering the best return financially.”

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