Oxford Properties Group has been awarded a WELL Health-Safety Rating across its global office portfolio.
The awards, which are made through the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), have been awarded on 47 properties in North America, Australia and Europe.
These include Berlin’s Sony Center, which is Germany’s first office building to attain the rating.
The WELL HSR standard was designed specifically in response to COVID-19, and standards incorporated guidance provided by the World Health Organisation and US CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Awards judged on six main criteria
The awards are judged on six main themes: Cleaning and sanitisation, emergency preparedness, health service resources, air and water quality, communication and innovation.
“Customers and employees expect healthy buildings, and this certification gives an additional seal of approval to our occupants as they continue to return to the workplace,” said Oxford Properties’ executive vice president North America Chad Remis.
Each office building was required to meet quantitative benchmarks, and ensure adherence to specific protocols such as benchmarked testing of air quality which considers fine particulate matter, volatile organic compounds, ozone and carbon dioxide.