New certification measures impact of office design and environment on employee wellness
LOS ANGELES, June 05, 2017 — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBG) announced today that its Vancouver office has achieved WELL Certification at the gold level for New and Existing Interiors by the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™). CBRE’s office space is the first to receive the prestigious distinction in Vancouver, awarded based on IWBI’s WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™), the premier building standard to focus on enhancing employees’ health and wellness through the built environment.
CBRE occupies four floors of Oxford Properties’ MNP Tower, located at 1021 West Hastings Street. In order to receive WELL Certification, the office was assessed, monitored and tested across seven wellness categories: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. The office space incorporates more than 100 wellness features, including universal access to natural light for all employees, ergonomic sit-stand desks and noise-attenuating technology to reduce stress-inducing background noise.
“Our decision to be first-movers in pursuing this pioneering certification reflects our belief that the office environment can, and should, add to the health of your people, and that true market leadership is about taking bold steps for the future. Thirty years ago, we brought the open-concept office to our industry across Canada and, today, we again break new ground by creating one of the first workplaces in the country to actively promote employee health and wellness,” said Mark Renzoni, President and CEO of CBRE Canada.
Dubbed ‘the next frontier in workplace design’, CBRE is helping to pioneer the adoption of the WELL Building Standard in Canada. The company has a total of four offices registered for WELL Certification, making it the first Canadian firm to embrace the new standard across multiple locations.
In 2013, CBRE became the first company in the world to achieve WELL Certification for a commercial office space through the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) pilot program with the opening of its Global Corporate Headquarters in Los Angeles. In 2016, in a continuation of its leadership in the wellness space, CBRE committed to pursue WELL Certification for at least 100 buildings, sites or offices managed by or associated with CBRE worldwide.
About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2016 revenue). The company has more than 75,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.