CBRE office first in Alberta to meet global ‘Well’ standard

Commercial real estate brokerage blazes trail in use of international standard, which aims to enhance employee health and wellness through the built environment

Western Investor
November 8, 2019

CBRE Edmonton
Natural light and ergonomics helped CBRE Edmonton achieve international recognition for office design. | CBRE

CBRE’s new Edmonton office recently achieved Well Certification at the silver level for new and existing interiors by the International Well Building Institute (IWBI). This  makes CBRE’s Edmonton office the first in the province of Alberta to receive the distinction. 

The offices are located on the 19th floor of Manulife Place on 101st Street in the Alberta capital.

To receive Well Certification, the Edmonton office was assessed, monitored and tested across seven wellness categories: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. 

The office incorporates more than 100 wellness strategies, including universal access to natural light for employees, ergonomic sit-stand desks and noise-attenuating technology to reduce stress-inducing background noise. Carbon-filtered water is provided within 30 metres of workstations to encourage better hydration. And a central lunchroom encourages staff to take a break from their desks to eat and collaborate, according to Dave Young, executive  vice-president and managing director for CBRE Edmonton. 

Well certification is awarded based on IWBI’s WELL Building Standard, the premier building standard to focus on enhancing employees’ health and wellness through the built environment. 

“The fact that CBRE’s office has become the first workspace in Alberta to receive WELL Certification speaks volumes about the value our company places on the health and well-being of our employees and clients,” said Young, noting that CBRE has five Well-certified offices across Canada, including in Vancouver.

CBRE is currently connected to 89 Well projects worldwide, acting as either the owner or consultant, representing a total of more than 16 million square feet.

“We’ve experienced a shift in how people think about the built environment and how it impacts health and wellness,” said Jean-Philippe Picard, managing director for project management services in Western Canada at CBRE.

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