United States: Carrier’s global headquarters, the Center for Intelligent Buildings, became the first commercial building in Florida to achieve the highest designation for health, wellness, and energy performance.
The Palm Beach Gardens building has now added the prestigious WELL Platinum certification from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) to the LEED Platinum designation it achieved in 2019 for energy and environmental design.
Carrier’s Center for Intelligent Buildings is now just one of six commercial buildings in the United States with WELL and LEED Platinum designations.
Carrier moved into the 224,000-foot2 installation in 2018. It was specially designed to provide a healthy, safe, sustainable and intelligent indoor environment for employees and visitors while simultaneously showcasing the company’s integrated products and systems.
“Since we spend 90% of our time indoors, occupying buildings that balance occupant function and health is vitally important,” said David Gitlin, CEO of Carrier. “By achieving WELL Platinum certification at our own global headquarters, we are demonstrating the benefits of Carrier’s healthy building offerings and showing how our cutting-edge digital technologies optimize indoor environments and maximize employee well-being and productivity. “
The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and well-being through the built environment. It administers the WELL Building Standard – a performance-based system to measure, certify and monitor characteristics of the built environment that impact human health and well-being, through air, water, food, light, fitness, comfort and the spirit.
The WELL Platinum certification recognizes that Carrier’s global headquarters has incorporated sustainable, health-focused components that are unmatched in the commercial landscape. The building leverages advanced solutions through Carrier’s Healthy Buildings program, offering products that optimize indoor environments to improve occupant experience, operational efficiency and inspire confidence in everything, safety and security physical to improving health, productivity and cognitive performance. The facility was specially designed to meet COGfx air quality standards – indoor air quality specifications found by researchers at Harvard University to improve employee productivity, reduce sick days, and promote better cognitive function.
Independent tests and observations would have shown that the building scored well above the Platinum threshold in categories ranging from air quality, water and materials.
WELL representatives rated the building in 10 areas of health and wellness, including air and water quality, noise, light and temperature levels, and other environmental parameters. applicable to WELL requirements. The facility is the 109th building in the world and the 24th building in the country to achieve WELL certification at the Platinum level. Previously, the Center was recognized as the first commercial building in the state to achieve LEED Platinum certification in 2019.
Several Carrier Healthy Buildings solutions are deployed in the establishment. These include Carrier’s Abound cloud native platform which is used to monitor indoor air quality and thermal comfort in real time against the WELL Building Standard and WebCTRL web platform. Automated Logic which tracks air quality and thermal performance to ensure occupant comfort while managing energy consumption. .