If there’s one thing we see every day, it’s that our customers‘ awareness has changed. Sustainability is their priority, and they do not understand it as a trend or a passing fad. This way of thinking is due to the concern for addressing climate change and improving the energy efficiency of buildings. We all want to do our job to curb negative impacts. But it isn’t enough to think about it or to say it in words. We have to show that when we take action, we are also sustainable. In recent years, the WELL certification (WELL Building Standard), has developed at great speed, becoming the first certification worldwide focused on the health and welfare of humans. That’s why our fabrics also contribute to the achievement of recognitions like this one, in the field of sustainable building.
What is WELL certification?
Previously there were other certificates that also valued some aspects of sustainability, but WELL certification focuses exclusively on the users of the building. Instead of measuring the impact of the building on the environment, it measures the impact on people’s health and wellbeing. In fact, it is also a dynamic scoring system for buildings and communities that identifies, measures and analyses all the characteristics that impact on the health and well-being of the occupants. Seven areas are monitored: air, water, food, light, exercise, comfort and mind.
On February 5th, the second Wellference in Spain took place, the most important professional day of the WELL certificate that we could attend to know all the news. One of the good news is that our market is growing and ocuppies the third place in Europe with 78 WELL registrations.
Why should WELL certify a building?
According to the WHO, health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not simply the absence of disease. Therefore, we have to take care of our bodies constantly. On the other hand, we spend a lot of time in our homes or work spaces. And this has an impact on our health, well-being and productivity. If we manage to make the place where we are a welcoming and healthy space, we will also notice an improvement in our mood and even our physical health. Therefore, obtaining WELL certification is an indication that our building is healthy and sustainable, as both qualities are directly related.
Did you know that Spain has entered the global top-10 in sustainable buildings? This is good news thanks to this change in mentality and the large number of seals such as Leed, Breeam or Well that certify the sustainability of the building.
Get WELL certification with Vertisol
Manufactured using 100% recycled and recyclable PET bottles. These are our Planet FR, Ecoplanet FR and Ecoplanet FR SRC sun protection fabrics, which are also Cradle to Cradle™ Bronze certified. If you choose them, you will add reasons to obtain the WELL certification in the categories air, comfort and mind. Do you want to know why?
- They provide an optimal level of indoor air quality: formaldehyde and VOC free products – Greenguard GOLD certified.
- Cradle to Cradle™ Bronze Certificates
- Products free of compounds such as phthalates, halogens or antimony trioxide.
- They allow to control the intensity of the daylight. With a low aperture factor (3% Ecoplanet FR and Ecoplanet FR SRC and 1% Planet FR), they allow a view outside and enhance natural light.
- They offer great control of the contribution of sunlight, avoiding glare and dazzle.
- Planet FR and Ecoplanet FR fabrics contribute to improving acoustic comfort (Planet FR: αw=0.6 and EcoPlanet FR: αw=0.3)
In addition, these products have available their Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).
Health, wellness, efficiency. These are some of the values we are committed to. We are committed to sustainable manufacturing for the construction of efficient buildings that respect the environment and people’s health.
Within the framework of this activity, last week Vertisol attended the Wellreference 2020 conference, held in Madrid, the largest event on WELL certification in our country.
Do you want to know more about WELL certification and how Vertisol’s products contribute to it? We tell you in the article: Get WELL spaces with Vertisol products.
Vertisol is also health and wellbeing. That’s why we want to be part of this movement that urges us all to continue innovating and researching to offer our customers the most advanced solutions. Because there is a way to build more sustainable and healthy buildings. And for this, only people’s health has to be the most important thing.