Paul Scialla: The Man Behind the Mission to Disrupt Real Estate Through Wellness
by Whitney Vendt
Disrupting a $180-trillion asset class is no small task, but that’s exactly what Paul Scialla, founder and CEO of New York-based developer Delos, has spent the past seven years of his life working to achieve. It started when Scialla began noticing the green building trend in real estate, wondering why there wasn’t a ‘well building’ trend focused on human health.
“The whole point of buildings is to put people inside of them,” Scialla notes. “There was a lot of focus on environmental sustainability in real estate, but I didn’t see much focus on what a building does to the occupants inside it. We spend 90% of our time indoors, and yet little had been done to merge real estate and health.”
In a way, the concept seems almost too obvious: Health and wellness have been infused into many other product categories, from organic produce to ergonomic furniture, so why hasn’t the same been done for real estate?
It turns out there are several reasons, the primary one being that there simply hasn’t been an organizing body focused on setting a standard and validating it through science and research. Fifteen years ago when green building and the LEED certification process launched their ultimate success blazed the trail for a whole new vertical in real estate.