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WELL Building Standard

How Luxxbox acoustic lighting and product solutions contribute towards satisfying several features under the WELL Building Standard® (WELL)

As the global adoption of WELL Building Standard® (WELL) continues to accelerate, we as product manufacturers have a unique opportunity to deliver products that put the health and well-being of people at the forefront. At Luxxbox, we take that opportunity very seriously, making sure our collection of acoustic lighting solutions is specifically designed to make people’s lives better. By mapping our products against several concepts and features under WELL, we aim to help you to create healthier and happier workspaces. 

What is WELL? 

Launched in late 2014, the WELL Building Standard is an evidence-based performance standard that measures, certifies and monitors building features that impact human health and wellness. Today, WELL is the leading tool for advancing health and well-being in buildings globally, offering a flexible framework for improving health and human experience through design. Taking a somewhat holistic approach to the built environment, WELL puts the health and well-being of people at the heart of building design. By focusing on the factors we will outline below, WELL aims to help designers and businesses provide healthier work environments for employees, resulting in higher productivity, greater comfort and lower staff turnover rates. 

Light

Light is an important part of WELL, aiming to create lighting environments that promote visual, mental and biological health. This covers minimising disruption to the body’s circadian system, enhancing productivity, supporting good sleep quality and providing appropriate visual acuity where needed. 

As a specialised architectural lighting manufacturer, Luxxbox offers a range of lighting solutions that contribute towards satisfying several features under the WELL Light concept, including: 

  • Colour Quality – Enhance spatial aesthetics and colour differentiation through the use of lamps with quality colour rendering abilities.
  • Circadian Lighting – To support circadian health by setting a minimum threshold for daytime light intensity and through interventions using electric lighting. 
  • Glare Control – To minimize direct and overhead glare by setting limits on the luminous intensity of luminaires and to minimize visual discomfort caused by glare from daylight and electric light.
  • Electric Light Quality – Enhance visual comfort and minimize flicker using electric lighting
  • Auto Shading and Dimming -To prevent glare and encourage reliance on natural light through automated shading and dimming.
  • Visual Balance – Create lighting environments that enhance visual comfort.

Comfort

Comfort is an important aspect of the workplace. The right environment can help you feel better and work more efficiently, while an uncomfortable one may result in fatigue or illness. The WELL for Comfort establishes requirements designed to create distraction-free, productive and comfortable indoor environments.

Luxxbox acoustic lighting and product solutions contribute towards satisfying the 80 – Sound Reducing Surfaces and 78 – Reverberation Time features under the WELL. Our products reduce sound reverberation and maintain comfortable sound levels through absorptive materials, while also helping to maintain comfortable sound levels by limiting reverberation times.

Sound

Sound is a crucial factor in creating a healthy workspace. Sound can be used to create a pleasant environment and also helps reduce stress levels by masking unwanted noise from outside sources such as traffic noise or office chatter. The WELL Sound concept aims to bolster health and well-being through the identification and mitigation of acoustical comfort parameters that shape occupant experiences in the built environment.

Luxxbox acoustic lighting and product solutions contribute towards satisfying the S04 – Sound Absorption feature under WELL. They are cost-effective and highly effective design tools that help architects and interior designers create spaces in accordance with comfortable reverberation times that support speech intelligibility and are conducive to focus.   

Material

We know that the materials used in your office can have a big impact on your employee’s health and well-being. Our products use high-quality natural wool and acoustic PET materials that have anti-microbial properties and are made from recycled materials. More importantly, though, we promote material transparency, continually expanding our range of healthy building products with Declare labels for full material transparency. That’s where the WELL Material concept ties in, requiring the compilation and availability of product descriptions, with ingredients evaluated and disclosed. 

Luxxbox acoustic lighting and product solutions contribute towards satisfying the X14 – Transparency feature under WELL. We promote material transparency across building materials and product supply chains with our Declare-Listed productsLinea, Blade, Vapor Echo & Vapor Echo Cylinder.

Innovation

Innovation features pave the way for projects to develop unique strategies for creating healthier environments. The WELL Innovation concept aims to promote the continuous evolution of the Standard; enabling projects to propose a new feature that addresses health + wellness in a novel way.

Luxxbox acoustic lighting and product solutions contribute towards satisfying the 101-105 – Part I feature under WELL. It relates to the wellness concept in a novel way that is not already covered in the WELL Building Standard to impact the occupants of the project or the general public in a positive manner. 

Conclusion

We’re proud to help contribute towards the WELL Building Standard® (WELL) and look forward to working with our clients to help them achieve their goals. Our acoustic lighting solutions are designed and manufactured in-house by our expert team of designers and technicians, who work closely with our customers to deliver innovative acoustic lighting solutions. We pride ourselves on our approach to design, manufacturing and service; delivering award-winning products that help people to think better and work better. 

To help designers seeking to gain WELL Certification for their projects, we’ve had Luxxbox acoustic lighting and product solutions evaluated against each of the WELL concept categories. We’ve compiled the findings into a handy one-pager for designers to keep in their pocket when considering Well Building Certification. Reference our Luxxbox + Well guide to show how the features within each WELL concept are relevant to the selection of our acoustic lighting and acoustic solution products. View and download the guide here.

Alternatively, get in contact with one of our sales agents to talk to them directly. 

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