People first: green design for health, wellness and productivity

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JLL’s Lower Manhattan office at 28 Liberty Street achieved WELL Certification at the Silver level, a measure of the company’s commitment to employee health, well-being and productivity. The new space was designed to showcase the firm’s dedication to sustainability, energy efficiency, return on investment, and health and wellness, and also meets the U.S. Green Building Council standards for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification.

“JLL’s new office in Lower Manhattan demonstrates the firm’s strong commitment to supporting human health, well-being and comfort in commercial buildings,” said Dana Schneider, Managing Director and Head of JLL’s Energy Sustainability Services group in the Northeast. “There is no better way to understand the impact of incorporating human health advocacy into everyday real estate decisions than to do it ourselves for our own staff.”

The WELL Building Standard, a performance-based certification system, evaluates seven categories of building performance: air, water, light, nourishment, fitness, comfort and mind. WELL is grounded in a body of evidence-based research that explores the connection between the buildings where we spend approximately 90 percent of our time and the health and wellness impacts on us as occupants of these buildings. To be awarded WELL Certification, JLL’s office underwent rigorous testing and a final third-party evaluation to ensure it met all WELL Certified Silver performance requirements.

In our efforts to achieve certification, JLL implemented stringent cleaning and ventilation standards and installed state-of-the-art equipment to provide high-quality indoor air and water for everyone at the Liberty Street office. Visual and physical ergonomic systems were put into place that included ensuring all computer screens and workstations were fully adjustable in terms of height and distance from the user, and could alternate between seated and standing positions.

JLL also paid significant attention to lighting, with all workstations and conference rooms located on the office perimeter allowing for direct views to the outdoors. JLL installed task lighting with adjustable color temperature and built-in occupancy sensors and electric glare control was incorporated directly in the design of the office space.

JLL is working with several large corporate clients to implement the WELL Building Standard in their own spaces. The first step to incorporating health and well-being into a client’s real estate decisions is to conduct a feasibility study for new or existing spaces and buildings of all types, from schools to offices and residences.


Dana Schneider is Managing Director and Head of JLL’s Energy Sustainability Services group in the Northeast. Schneider is experienced in the development and implementation of energy and sustainability programs for clients. Additionally, she specializes in energy and sustainability performance and LEED certification for new and existing buildings and portfolios as well as commercial interiors. 

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