Covid-19 has promoted the arrival of healthy architecture


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Decor : Covid-19 has promoted the arrival of healthy architecture

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our perception of many aspects of our lives. Architecture has not been left behind, looking for healthier places away from all kinds of dangers.

The relationship of the human being with the environment is multidirectional. Thus, buildings impact the ecosystem and influence the fight against climate change. In the same way, urban environments also determine and condition the health of buildings and these, those of their users.

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Factors such as lighting, accessibility, air conditioning, thermal and acoustic insulation, pollutants produced by some building materials and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) give rise to the so-called Sick Building Syndrome, defined by the WHO in 1982 as “The set of diseases caused or stimulated by air pollution in these closed spaces.”

Well-being architecture

Due to the pandemic, architecture has acquired a greater role to offer greater well-being to users. For this, it has opted for open and flexible spaces, acoustically isolated and with good ventilation. To all this is added the use of quality materials, which have the most advanced technology and hygiene measures.

To these are added other elements that are more difficult to evaluate and quantify, but with a clear influence on health, such as those related to the incorporation of color and vegetation to improve the mood and reduce stress in closed spaces or use of antibacterial surfaces and textiles capable of eliminating harmful substances from the environment.

Certified healthy spaces

The WELL Certification is a dynamic scoring system for buildings and communities, which allows to identify, measure and monitor the characteristics of built spaces and their impact on the health and well-being of their occupants and also their direct influence on the concentration and productivity of people.

In October 2019, the corporate headquarters of the Actiu Technology Park in Castalla became the fifth complex in the world, the second in Europe and the first in Spain to receive the Well v2 Platinum certificate. In addition, the Actiu headquarters became the first industrial building in the world to add the Well Platino certification together with the Leed Platino certification, for its sustainable architecture. Since then, Actiu has not stopped betting on leading the health care and well-being of its workers.

Wellness management

Actiu’s headquarters are currently among the 10 buildings in Europe that have achieved the Well v2 Platinum certification and Gaia by Actiu has recently implemented a further step, an intelligent platform that allows to measure and monitor aspects such as temperature, humidity, sound, light, occupancy and quality of air and PM 2.5 and PM 10 suspended particles.

The certification process developed by Actiu at its headquarters in Castalla to achieve the international Well v2 standard also has the Best Practice award for the best Facility Management project 2020 awarded by IFMA Spain. A Well philosophy that highlights the importance of creating workspaces that promote well-being and that the company also transfers its customers, through its own experience and flexible, sustainable and healthy products that help transform their workspaces.


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