The world’s first industrial building awarded with The IMMUNE Building Standard™: The factory and headquarters of British lighting solutions designer FUTURE Designs
FUTURE Designs, the UK based designer and manufacturer of high-quality luminaires and bespoke lighting solutions, obtains the first IMMUNE Building Standard™ certification in the world for an industrial building, awarded by the Healthy by Design Building Institute (HDBI). The factory and headquarters achieved the label IMMUNE™ – Strong following the company’s successful implementation of the health and safety set of measures for its employees.
The certification marks the Healthy by Design Building Institute’s first major milestone in expanding The IMMUNE Building Standard™ beyond office buildings, in other real estate sectors that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. IMMUNE™ – a global open-source standard pioneered in April 2020 by Liviu Tudor, president of the European Property Federation and founder of Genesis Property – is adaptable to any built environment, including industrial buildings, increasing the resilience of indoor spaces against current and future health threats and building trust among occupants.
“We are pleased to announce the world’s first IMMUNE™ factory standing as proof for the flexibility and versatility of this truly global standard. In the current economy, still facing the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, there are companies like FUTURE Designs that are laying out a coherent path to recovery, while demonstrating a ground-breaking approach and great leadership in protecting people’s health and wellbeing. We congratulate FUTURE Designs for the achievement of becoming the world’s first employer with a certified IMMUNE™ factory”, said Liviu Tudor, founder of Genesis Property and president of the European Property Federation.
In the past few months, FUTURE Designs has applied many measures to meet the 120+ IMMUNE™ criteria recommended for safer environments and has achieved the Strong label for its factory and headquarters. The certification is based on the IMMUNE™ assessment process conducted by Build Green, an independent authorised building assessor and a contributor to the development of the standard.
“At FUTURE Designs, we have spent hundreds of hours and great resource investigating the most effective and efficient means to ensure our premises are sanitized to bat away the coronavirus. Our sole goal was to make our place of work the safest possible for all team members and to give them confidence and peace of mind during these extraordinary times. As a result, we have implemented measures recommended by The IMMUNE Building Standard™ and we have also installed FUZONE500, our airborne and surface bacteria removal system, to all areas of our facility. Proof of our success is that to date we have had zero Covid-19 cases within our factory and assembly facilities and today we are delighted to be the first Industrial Facility in the world to become IMMUNE™ – Strong”, said David Clements, Chief Executive at FUTURE Designs.
The IMMUNE™ standard is inspired by technologies and procedures developed and successfully applied in hospitals and medical clinics. Specifically, the standard is based on an IMMUNE™ Assessment Scoring Index comprising 120+ measures recommended for implementation in buildings that include technical solutions for architectural engineering, technology and design, as well as operational protocols applied permanently or ready to activate in specific risk scenarios.
Among measures recommended by IMMUNE™ are very efficient air filtering systems and technologies to enhance the sanitization of surfaces. Other important measures are the IMMUNE™ Quarantine Room acting as a dedicated area in case of immediate need to isolate people at risk, and the Emergency IMMUNE™ Warehouse which is a rapid logistic system for immediate pandemic-response.
About Genesis Property
Genesis Property is one of the most important class A office developers in Romania. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, the company owns over 150,000 square meters of Class A office space that houses over 20,000 employees: Novo Park in Pipera and West Gate Business District in the Military area. Genesis Property is also the developer of the first private student campus in Romania, West Gate Studios, and the 4-star accommodation unit Studio One Accommodation Suites.
Genesis Property pioneered The IMMUNE Building Standard, the first open-source global certification standard to certify built environment’s level of immunity to withstand present and future health challenges and minimize the impact of a pandemic such as COVID-19 and other bacteriological or toxicological threats.
About FUTURE Designs
FUTURE Designs is internationally known for the expertise and leadership within the lighting industry with 30 years of experience to support them. The company develops bespoke solutions for the Construction Industry in general within the UK, Europe, UAE and the USA. With a formidable experienced and diverse team, based at the production facility in Kent, UK, they have both the technical experience plus cutting-edge manufacturing abilities to provide and support world class projects, specialising in the use of LEDs to provide efficient and sustainable solutions to a variety of spaces and locations.
FUTURE Designs has invested heavily in research and development to bring FUZONE500 to the marketplace, an ozone creating system that harnesses all the antiviral and antibacterial qualities of ultraviolet light, without any of the harmful effects to humans or physical surfaces.
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