Interior Wellness & Viral Planning
Identifying “Best in Class” Products in an Era of Increased Information and Higher Expectations
SOCOTEC is poised to help. For years, SOCOTEC has demonstrated leadership in the emerging market of building product optimization, which has been recently spurred by LEEDv4 and WELL. Discerning clients are ready to choose “best in class” products for their new buildings. SOCOTEC informs client choices, offering timely, consistent guidance. As an owner, you may need to:
- Make choices that will affect the air quality in your building or your leased space, now and in the future — beyond the current limits of a LEED or WELL rating
- Define clear goals and directives in the Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR), so that your building will still be high-performance for many years to come
- Establish what the design/construction team must do to get you there
Guidelines on IAQ and material toxicology, as embodied in today’s rating systems, may be surpassed shortly after the building is completed. We bring you information on the latest advances in the field with professional know-how that can see beyond marketing.
Business Benefits for you:
- Competitive advantage
- Enhanced reputation
- Wider range of better choices
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Wellness: WELL, Fitwel, Viral Response Certifications, and IAQ/Advanced Materials Consulting
SOCOTEC provides project teams with ideas and technical support from early design through construction. The WELL and Fitwel systems include both design measures and operational practices, and SOCOTEC provides professional assistance in both areas.
Tasks we typically perform include:
-Reviews of In-Progress Drawings
-WELL or Fitwel Specifications
-Development of WELL/Fitwel operational plans
-Reviews of key Human Resources policies
-Reviews of Contractor Submittals
-Management of the WELL or Fitwel documentation submissions
-Oversight during the WELL on-site Performance Verification review
Project examples include:
-The Discovery Channel Headquarters, New York, NY | WELL Platinum
-1 Vanderbilt Office Tower, New York, NY | WELL Core Platinum
-WarnerMedia Headquarters, New York, NY | WELL Gold + Health-Safety
-Major Financial Institution Headquarters, New York, NY | WELL Gold + Health-Safety, Fitwel
-760 Madison Avenue “Armani” Residences, New York, NY | WELL Gold
-One Madison Avenue, New York, NY | WELL Core Gold
-Brookfield Properties Offices, New York, NY | WELL Gold
-341 9th Avenue Office Building Renovation, New York, NY | Fitwel Core and Shell
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, third-party certifications have been developed to provide best practice guidelines for building and interior designs as well as operational procedures.
SOCOTEC provides consulting for all the following programs:
-LEED Safety First Pilot Credits
-Performed in conjunction with a LEED rating
-WELL Health-Safety Ratings
-Can be stand-alone or combined with a WELL rating
-The Fitwel Viral Response Module
-A stand-alone rating
SOCOTEC also offers building inspections and recommendations for equipment and system modifications from our Commissioning professionals, using ASHRAE-defined processes and recommended Viral-Response best practices.
Programs such as LEED, WELL, and Fitwel have encouraged manufacturers to release more and more chemical and IAQ emissions data on their building products. Designers are flooded with information, and often lack the time and necessary skills to evaluate the data and use it to make informed selections. The rating systems themselves offer only preliminary guidance at best, so it’s important to work with experienced professionals who understand the underlying wellness issues.
SOCOTEC has been working for years on advanced materials research. We can help project teams by providing product vetting and specifications that define best-in-class product choices. Our services can be used for individual projects or can become the basis for product procurement standards for organizations with ongoing design and construction work.
Project Examples include:
-Google Creative Labs at 111 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY
-Major Financial Institution Headquarters, New York, NY
Residential/Mixed Use Projects for the Durst Organization:
>625 West 57th Street, New York, NY
>855 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY
>600 West 58th Street, New York, NY
>10 Halletts Point, Queens, NY
>Queens Plaza Park Residential Tower, Queens, NY
>Vine Street & North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Why use SOCOTEC for your IAQ services?
SOCOTEC, Inc. is a recognized leader in the analysis of sustainability for building products. We have specialized sustainability expertise, with strong professional CIH background. Our experience is enhanced by extensive on-site testing. We offer a multidisciplinary team, integrating perspectives from architecture, IAQ, industrial hygiene and toxicology.
Professionally, we collaborate with stakeholders to expedite development of safer ingredients, avoid undesirable substitutions and improve transparency.
Examples of active engagement by our professionals:
-ASTM International Committee on Sustainability
-NYC Green Code Task Force
-Building Product Ecosystems
-Health Product Declaration Collaborative
How SOOCOTEC can help with your Interior Wellness & Viral Planning
Why this specialty consulting?
Designers are flooded with information as manufacturers release more and more chemical data on their building products. The rating systems focus in the immediate, but buildings are built, and spaces are occupied, over extended periods of time.
SOCOTEC’ team informs the owner on overall decisions on material selection – beyond the immediate, but rather, for long term value. SOCOTEC guides the design team, helping extract useful information on materials and systems.
How do we work?
SOCOTEC convenes a brainstorming session with the owner and design team, as the first step. As a team, we establish goals and scope. Next, we delve as deep as asked, so that the building product consulting is aligned with client goals, and champions the client’s story. The scope depends on the project. On a fitout, for instance, we focus on interior finishes and furnishings that are prevalent in the space.
We perform the task by using SOCOTEC’ extensive product library, with data aggregated from a variety of sources. We analyze candidate materials that meet the program and performance requirements of the client.
SOCOTEC also offers in-house training to clients on product transparency and on high performance building systems, as an approved AIA/Continuing Education System provider.
How do we help?
We provide guidance – credible and consistent, referencing recognized standards and protocols – aligned with the latest research. We use mockups to see and feel products before making major purchases.
We make it easier to choose the most appropriate product, presenting pluses and minuses of each product – along with final recommendations and reasons for it. Where there are many viable options, we develop specification criteria to set the bar.