Walking past the Vancouver waterfront, you may notice a striking building. This past year, MNP Tower achieved both LEED and WELL certification at the gold level. To achieve certification, the building owner, Oxford Properties, has implemented an array of innovative strategies to help improve the health and wellness of people who work at and visit MNP Tower. What we find particularly unique about MNP Tower is how the building embraces WELL’s Fitness concept.
I can give you the statistics: Healthcare in America is more than 17% of the GDP. 20 diseases account for fully half of America’s health care spend, with diabetes, heart disease and hypertension being three of the top five causes. In the midst of the debate going on in the US about how to pay for healthcare, these are sobering numbers for sure.
Some argue that buildings with healthy features command up to a 20 percent rent premium over market rate, in addition to savings on operational costs.
by Patricia Kirk
Creating healthy workplaces is the next step in the evolution of office building sustainability. “Health is a key component to real estate for the long-term,” says Rachel McCleary, Urban Land Institute senior vice president, who heads the organization’s healthy buildings initiative. She points out that a healthy workplace requires a building to meet certain performance standards, and certification is based on testing.
Streamlined certification pathway for Multiple Existing Buildings will leverage efficiencies, drive performance improvements across portfolios
NEW YORK, May 31, 2017 /3BL Media/ – The International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) announced today that CBRE Group, Inc., Hines, and Lendlease are among leading global developers collaborating with IWBI to deliver WELL Portfolio™, a new cost-effective, existing building portfolio certification pathway within the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL). This new pathway will reward a commitment to ongoing enhancements to existing buildings, with specific focus on policies, programs, procurement guidelines, and plans that can be applied across a portfolio of buildings.
Occupiers’ real estate priorities are increasingly focused on introducing efficiency gains and enhancing workplace strategies in a quest to make space work smarter, according to the 2017 CBRE European Occupier Survey. Greater use of technology is seen as key enabler of these objectives.
“You know when you have an idea, it’s assembled from memories, experiences, books—it’s always very complex the way an idea is born. For a long time I was trying to study how it could be possible to put together a natural city in a different way; how to move forests inside the city, to increase the number of trees, to create more parks, to imagine how plants could grow on a building. It was an obsession for me.”
Los Angeles, February 28, 2017 /3BL Media/ - CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) has been honored by The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) for its efforts in organizational diversity and inclusion.
‘The Diversity & Inclusion Award’ was presented by MBA Chairman Rodrigo Lopez, CMB, to Brian Stoffers, Global President, and Jeff Hurley, Senior Managing Director, of CBRE Capital Markets’ Debt & Structured Finance team during the CREF/Multifamily Housing Convention & Expo 2017.
by Jessica Neale, Apprentice Surveyor and Hannah Scott, Sustainability Coordinator, at CBRE
In recent years there has been a huge push for sustainable real estate with the realisation that buildings contribute to 40% of energy consumption in developed countries. One way in which sustainable real estate is being implemented is through green leases; leases that go above and beyond to incorporate sustainability requirements.
HKS and Delos to test effectiveness of targeted design features on measurable health and well-being outcomes
New York, January 18, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Delos™, a wellness real estate and technology firm, today announced a partnership with HKS, an international design firm, to study and measure the impact of interventions in the built environment on human health and well-being. The new HKS and Delos partnership will focus on applied research and will build on the strengths of each company to target peer-reviewed open sourced publications, and advance Delos’ mission to transform buildings into healthier spaces.