Cradle to Cradle focuses on improving the world around us by enhancing the quality of materials, energy and biodiversity. Part of Cradle to Cradle is that materials in buildings do not pose health risks for their users. In this way, Cradle to Cradle fits in nicely with the increasing awareness that Health, comfort and well-being are decisive factors in todays’ buildings and interior designs. This goes beyond ‘being safe’, creating spaces that inspire us to make users happier and healthier. A way of measuring this is WELL, a ‘young’ but rapidly growing building standard.
In this Cradle to Cradle Café we take a deep dive into healthy buildings and WELL with experienced speakers from MVSA Architects, The Edge and Fokkema & Partners. Broadcasted live from The Flow Amsterdam, the first WELL Core v2 Platinum certified building in The Netherlands, the focus will be:
‘how to realise a healthy and comfortable building’, ‘how to demonstrate that a building is healthy’ and ‘how, as a user, can you select a healthy building’? The speakers will share latest insights, best practices and practical experiences.
Presentation 1: Jacob Sanders
WELL Platinum Core&Shell certificate for The Flow building
This presentation is about getting to a WELL Platinum Core&Shell certificate for The Flow building and what had to be done within The Flow design team. During his presentation, Jacob will also give (a sneak preview of) the research results of the Swiss EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne). Throughout the process, they carried out measurements and surveys in the old and new office, to find scientific support for the higher well-being in a well-certified building.
Jacob Sanders – MVSA Architects
After studying HBO and TU Delft Architecture and gaining work experience at various organizations, including UNStudio, Jacob joined MVSA architects in 2012. With a special focus on detailing, materialization and sustainability, Jacob works as a senior architectural engineer on a variety of projects in different scales, including Atrium Zuidas and the new Flow building as well as the office of MVSA.
Presentation 2: Florijn Vriend
Healthy buildings are a must!
Healthy Buildings should almost become a human right. Now more than ever. The WELL Building Standard has surely taken a step in that direction and has offered the Real Estate Industry a very hands-on tool by combining best practices in design and construction with evidence-based health and wellness interventions. It harnesses the built environment as a vehicle to support human health, well-being and comfort. WELL identifies 100 performance metrics, design strategies, and policies that can be implemented by the owners, designers, engineers, contractors, users and operators of a building. But how does WELL work exactly? In this presentation a quick tour around WELL will be shared, going into topics like the difference between V1 and V2, preconditions vs optimizations and anything else to get a good understanding of how to work with WELL and what can be achieved.
Florijn Vriend – EDGE Technologies
Florijn is the Product Lead Wellbeing at EDGE. After graduating from a Psychology Master at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Florijn took her expertise to merge human physiology and behaviour with architecture and design. Within EDGE, she is responsible for all the health and wellbeing aspects in these new generation buildings. Bringing in the knowledge from her background and as a WELL AP and Leesman AP, she is the company go-to person on the intersection between human wellbeing and the built environment.
Presentation 3: Laura Atsma and Bénine Dekker
WELL certification for office interiors
The surprising – and yet self-evident – projects of Fokkema & Partners Architects have an important common denominator: the well-being of the user is central. Characteristic for the office is the long-term mindset and a constant drive for innovative solutions, which always results in a sustainable, integrally designed and inspiring end result.
During the presentation Laura Atsma and Bénine Dekker elaborate on this company philosophy and how this translates into leading projects. On the basis of the world’s first WELL Core v2 Platinum certified interior for EDGE Technologies and the ongoing large-scale project for Nationale Nederlanden, in which, in addition to a WELL Platinum ambition, a fully circular and zero-waste design is also being realised, they explain how the office tackles sustainability issues. They also share their vision on the synergy and coexistence of WELL and other sustainability and health labels such as BREEAM and C2C.
Laura Atsma – Fokkema & Partners
After her study at the Faculty of Architecture of Delft University of Technology, Laura Atsma joined Fokkema & Partners Architects in 1998. Already after two years she became a partner at Fokkema & Partners which today counts 45 architects. As a project architect she works on diverse and identity rich new construction, renovation and interior projects. Her heart beats faster on complex issues, in which, moreover, the welfare of the user is paramount. Fuelled by this passion, she has completed numerous projects, including the renovation of the national listed monument Apollo House for Allen & Overy, the interior for Nidera in De Rotterdam, the renovation of City Hall Almere, Rijkskantoor de Knoop in Utrecht and recently the WELL certified interior for EDGE Technologies.
Bénine Dekker – Fokkema & Partners
After graduating from the Faculty of Architecture at Delft University of Technology and working experience at Wiel Arets Architects, Bénine Dekker joined the team at Fokkema & Partners in 2012. With a special focus on materials, colour and detailing, she works as an architect on total concepts for renovations and interiors, such as Stibbe and the WELL certified interior for EDGE Technologies. In addition, she designs products and furniture within FOKlab, such as the award-winning Pi collection. Bénine is currently the health and user experience specialist within the agency and will soon be able to call herself WELL Accredited Professional.
09.30 – Opening
09.35 – Welcome by Wouter Thijssen, MVSA Architects
09.40 – Short videotour of The Flow building
09.45 – Presentation Jacob Sanders, MVSA Architects
10.05 – Presentation Florijn Vriend, EDGE Technologies
10.25 – Presentation Laura Atsma and Bénine Dekker, Fokkema & Partners
10.45 – End of webinar
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