First and foremost, the Veteran LED team would like to apologize for our monthly newsletter and Energy Sense Podcast for March being released a month late. The month of March our team was consumed with making internal and external adjustments related to the coronavirus, and navigating our new waters as more and more information trickled in.
This April newsletter will include discussions surrounding the health of building environments, and what building owners, tenants, and investors should take into consideration for navigating the long lasting effects of COVID19.
How prepared are we to fight COVID19 and other viruses in the future?
COVID19 highlighted our weakness as a society to fight viruses. There are plenty of reasons why, but the fact remains it's science. STEM. All of it......BUT how do we now navigate this new normal we are living in?
Healthy environments are mandated by codes and regulations, but there is a growing number of people who are striving for a more robust EH&S plan, placing special attention on the health of their employees and clients alike. There is a focus now more than ever on the built and environmental spaces being free from viruses, bacteria, and pathogens. Follow the Veteran LED Blog for ways UV Lighting and other solutions are fighting coronavirus both in open spaces and throughout HVAC systems.
How important will it be to meet "green standards" like WELL, LEED, EnergyStar and others?
I imagine this will be a hot topic as it always is, but more people will seek these credentials as standard practice moving forward. COVID19 put a spot light on our ability to stay healthy, and we failed the test. How can you argue against trying to keep your building inhabitants safe? Germaphobes will be on the rise and so will the demand for companies to improve their EH&S standards . Why not proudly become one of the early adopters committed to the health and wellness of those you serve and who serve you?
What are the most important factors to take into consideration when assessing your companies exposure to COVID19?
Personnel Health and Wellness
- Mental Health
- Physical Fitness
Health of the Environment
- Indoor (Air Quality, Lighting, etc.)
- Outdoors (Surrounding Environments, access to essential needs)
"Green" and Sustainable Supply Chain
Janitorial and Sanitation - A 360 approach to a clean environment includes SOP's around hand washing, sterilizing, and sanitation requirements of visitors and contractors.
Green Seal Products - Green Seal® is the nation’s premier ecolabel, symbolizing transparency, integrity and proven environmental leadership. We develop life-cycle-based, multi-attribute standards and certify products and services that can prove they meet our strict criteria for human health, reduced environmental impact and excellent performance
Safer Choice - Products with the Safer Choice label help consumers and commercial buyers identify products with safer chemical ingredients, without sacrificing quality or performance.
Target Higher Standards
- LEED Accreditation
- WELL / fitWELL Certification
- EnergyStar Score of 85+