EDGE Headquarters world’s first to receive highest Certification for Wellbeing
After being the first in the Netherlands to receive the Platinum WELL Core & Shell Certification for its celebrated EDGE Olympic building, EDGE is now also the first in the world to be awarded Platinum WELL Certification through the WELL v2 pilot for its Headquarters, located on the fourth floor of the same building. This recognition represents the ambition of the real estate developer to have a positive impact on human health and wellbeing through its buildings.
Amsterdam, July 18, 2019 — The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) has awarded EDGE the prestigious WELL Certification for its Headquarters in Amsterdam for prioritising human health and wellbeing. The building performance criteria includes: air, water, nourishment, light, movement, thermal comfort, sound, materials, mind, and community.
The EDGE Headquarters
The EDGE Headquarters is a true representation of the ambitions of EDGE across the different categories of building performance and supports people in their health andwellbeing. Materials and furniture used throughout the office have been carefully selected to meet the strict VOC requirements of WELL and EDGE’s own sustainability ambitions, regarding circularity and keeping a low carbon footprint. To enhance the wellbeing of employees, the office floor was designed with different needs-based purposes in mind: creating workspaces that support both various meeting-types, and solitary work through closed-office spaces, acoustic and visual privacy screens, a no-call library, and phone booths. HR policies and employee benefits have been matched to the wellbeing requirements, including stress-reduction programs and limited availability times for employees, during which they are discouraged to answer the phone.
Healthy working is integrated and optimised with ergonomic workspaces, comprised of sit-stand tables and adjustable chairs and screens. Healthy and organic, responsibly sourced, food is available for employees, including alternative non-dairy products and nutrient information. Physical activity is stimulated via the in-house gym, company bikes, open staircase, and walking-meeting suggestions. In order to monitor their health status, employees can join free, annual health checks, including personal guidance and follow-up advice.
Within the building, employees can find calm environmentsand restorative spaces.Ameditation room and an abundance of various plants both reassureand contribute to their sense of wellbeing. In addition, employees bi-weekly massage sessions or recharge with a power nap in the hammock. All workplaces are brightly lit with natural daylight shining through glass facades, glass atriums, and a minimum of 500 lux ceiling lighting. Adjustable circadian lamps support the spaces where less daylight is present. A smart digital infrastructure gives employees full personal control over their environment, allowing them to easily adjust workplace conditions, such as temperature and lighting, according to their personal preferences. Alongside constant environmental monitoring viasensors to regulatethe indoor climate performance, annual employee satisfaction surveys enable EDGE to continuously optimise all of the health and wellbeing measures available within the office.
Our Headquarters show that we can build the workspace of the future and that it’s possible to incorporate people-centricity on a holistic and a personal level. This enables us to optimise health and wellbeing through the built environment and unleash human potential. We are more than proud that our efforts are awarded the world’s first WELL V2 Platinum Certification – EDGE’s founder and CEO Coen van Oostrom.
WELL Building Standard
The International WELL Building Institute is leading the global movement to transform our buildings to make people thrive. The WELL Building Standard is based on a holistic view of health and wellbeing, currently pursued in 55 countries worldwide. WELL is grounded in a body of evidence-based research that explores the connection between the buildings, where we spend approximately 90 percent of our time, and the health and wellbeing impacts on workers. To be awarded with the certification, EDGE underwent rigorous testing and a final evaluation of the office, carried out by DGMR, a WELL Performance Testing Organization trained by GBCI, the third-party certification body for WELL, to ensure that the EDGE’s Headquarters met all the performance requirements.
“EDGE’s Headquarters is a pioneering example of how health and wellbeing can be integrated throughout the workplace and a testament to our evolving flexible, localised approach to certification. We are delighted that EDGE successfully achieved WELL Certification at the Platinum level under the WELL v2 pilot. This incredible space demonstrates EDGE’s commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of its employees and serves as inspiration for others to follow,” says Rachel Gutter, President of IWBI.
The engaging collaboration with partners in the fields of architecture, interior design and engineering allowed EDGE to meet WELL requirements and create this outstanding project.
Interior Designer – Fokkema & Partners
Architect – de Architekten Cie.
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