Futurebuild does WELL announcing new strategic partner for 2019
Futurebuild is solidifying its commitment to putting well-being at the heart of buildings and communities by announcing the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) as a strategic partner for 2019.
With IWBI as a strategic partner of Futurebuild and headline partner of the new-for-2019 Interiors Hub, the importance of designing for health and well-being will be central to the agenda, showcasing the latest research, case studies and practical design guidance.
Leading global manufacturers Milliken and Herman Miller are joining IWBI as co-sponsors of the Interiors Hub, signifying the importance of manufacturers to drive awareness and deliver solutions across all areas of commercial and domestic interiors.
Together IWBI, Milliken and Herman Miller will curate content for the Interior Hub’s seminar programme, with a focus on health and well-being in building design, materials, build and use. Discussions will include how buildings can advance human health, the cognitive impact of clean air in the internal environment, the benefits of biophilic design, the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™) and designing for dementia. Visitors can connect with industry peers and participate in more than a dozen sessions across the three-day exhibition, running from 05-07 March at London’s ExCeL.
IWBI delivers the cutting-edge WELL Building Standard, the leading global rating system and the first to be focused exclusively on the ways that buildings, and everything in them, can improve comfort, drive better choices, and generally enhance, not compromise, health and wellness.
Rachel Gutter, President at IWBI, said: “Our goal is to accelerate market transformation and put people front and centre when it comes to the design, construction and operations of our buildings and communities. Our partnership with Futurebuild is one way we’re engaging with the industry to demonstrate the benefits of supporting people’s health and well-being.”
Alison Kitchingman, Milliken’s Director of Marketing and Design, said: “We’re really looking forward to sharing some of our well-being content with Futurebuild visitors. Milliken is committed to creating products that not only meet the needs of a space but enhance well-being, a sense of identity and community. As founding members of the Well Living Lab, Milliken is committed to researching and studying the impacts of the indoor environment on health and well-being.”
Milliken signed on to IWBI’s WELL Portfolio Pathway pilot to deliver the evidence-based performance of WELL across its portfolio and improve the health and wellness of people at scale.
Mark Catchlove, Director of Insights at Herman Miller, said: “Futurebuild has recognised the importance of the workplace when designing interiors, and the value of putting people at the centre of the design. This philosophy is very closely aligned with our own view on the workplace, and so we are delighted to be working in partnership at this event.”
Martin Hurn, MD of Futurebuild, said: “Being aware and having good health and well-being practices and processes are no longer upcoming trends; it’s a vital requirement in any project. We’re excited to put health and well-being central to the built environment agenda.”
“Businesses have so much to gain from properly advancing good health and well-being, and good practice makes good business in terms of team well-being and attracting the best talent to ensure their future innovation and success. There will be a lot for manufacturers, designers, engineers and many more specialists to dig into at the Interiors Hub during Futurebuild 2019.”
IWBI will also work closely with GIGA to promote healthy materials in the mindful MATERIALS Certification Pavilion, helping manufacturers share and specifiers access specification information on materials. The Pavilion is situated next to the Interiors Hub, which is one of six hubs providing dedicated platforms that unite sector specific experts with leading brands.
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