Delos, a wellness real estate and technology firm, announces a strategic alliance with Glumac, a full-service consulting and engineering firm, to accelerate the transformation of indoor environments into spaces that promote human health and wellness. The new relationship will leverage Glumac’s extensive network of sustainable building services clients to further expand the global reach of the WELL Building Standard (WELL), which is the world’s first building standard focused exclusively on the effects of the built environment on human health and well-being.
“Glumac is a globally recognized engineering and consulting firm that is often looked to as a leader in sustainable design, and we are thrilled about the potential of our alliance to further propel the adoption of healthy buildings and indoor spaces,” said Delos Founder and CEO Paul Scialla.
A known leader in the sustainable design space with 100 LEED APs and ten Living Building Ambassadors, Glumac has been at the forefront of the healthy building movement, with nine projects registered to pursue WELL Certification. As part of the alliance, Glumac will build upon this commitment to WELL and will professionally accredit 20 of its employees through the WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) program, which signifies advanced knowledge in human health and wellness in the built environment and specialization in WELL. Glumac professionals will be well equipped to provide clients with tools to realize the benefits of WELL and guide current and future projects toward WELL Certification.
“Since its inception, Glumac has focused on building performance as a means to enhance human performance,” said Rick Fedrizzi, chairman and CEO of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), which administers WELL. “By advancing the WELL Building Standard in the projects that it undertakes and making sure its team members become WELL APs, the company underscores its leadership, and we’re looking forward to its support.”
Through the collaboration, Glumac will also become a member of the Well Living Lab, a collaboration between Delos and Mayo Clinic and the world’s first human-centered research lab dedicated to understanding the relationship between the built environment and human health and wellness.
“Glumac looks forward to collaborating with Delos to provide the healthiest indoor environments possible,” said Steve Straus, CEO and president of Glumac. “Our work in MEP engineering, energy modeling, and building commissioning has a direct effect on the health, well-being, and productivity of the people who live and work in the projects we design. Setting an international standard will allow our clients to know, they have best in class spaces.”
Recognizing the importance of providing WELL to their clients, Glumac will also pursue WELL Certification for its new San Francisco office, slated to open in 2017 in addition to their Shanghai location. Furthering their commitment, they will contribute one WELL Faculty and will become a WELL Assessor through Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), a third-party certification for WELL. The Delos and Glumac collaboration will deliver successful cases studies using live projects to identify efficient cost inputs for WELL.
“We are thrilled to partner with Delos to more fully deliver healthy buildings to our clients. That is our mission. It is critical that clean air, water, abundant natural daylight and connections with the outdoor world are integrated into indoor spaces, given the impact on our general health and productivity. This medical evidence will help the industry understand that when designed well, the benefits of green building technologies to human health and return on investment go hand in hand,” said Glumac Chief Sustainability Strategist Nicole Isle.
WELL is third-party certified through IWBI’s collaboration with GBCI, which administers 10+ billion square-feet of LEED buildings globally, ensuring that WELL works seamlessly with LEED and other green building certification programs.