Health and Well-Being Now Part of Real Estate Assessments

March 14, 2016

Health and well-being are now part of real estate assessments

As interest in health and well-being in buildings grows, the industry has recognized the need for practical tools for systematic assessment, objective scoring and peer benchmarking of health and well-being.

GRESB, the global standard for environmental, social and governance (ESG) assessment of real estate portfolios and infrastructure assets, today announced the launch of the GRESB Health and Well-being Module. The new module evaluates and benchmarks actions by property companies and funds to promote the health and well-being of employees and their strategy to create value through products and services that promote health and well-being for their tenants and customers.

“The design, construction and operation of our built environment has a profound impact on individuals and populations,” said Chris Pyke, COO, GRESB. “GRESB’s vision is to ultimately create better places for people and communities—places that reduce environmental impacts, improve social practices and set high standards for corporate governance—in profitable ways that make good business sense and reward innovation.”

“This new Health and Well-being Module adds an additional component to the annual GRESB Assessment and sends a signal that human health and well-being plays a critical role in assessing the value of real estate portfolios and other assets,” said Pyke.

The GRESB Health and Well-being Module includes 10 new indicators providing investors and property companies and funds with new insights on leadership, needs assessment, implementation action and performance monitoring.

The module has two primary areas of focus: (1) the promotion of health and well-being for employees and (2) the provision of products and services that help promote health and well-being for tenants and other customers. This parallel focus allows investors and property companies and funds to differentiate action to benefit internal operations (employees) from value-creating products and services offered to others.

The GRESB Health and Well-being Module is now available in pre-release via the GRESB website and will be open for submission starting April 1, 2016 alongside the GRESB Real Estate Assessment.

Source and Photo: USGBC, DepositPhotos



Dawn Killough

has over 15 years experience in the construction industry and is the author of Green Building Design 101, an e-book available from Amazon. She is a LEED AP and Certified Green Building Advisor, and has worked on the LEED Certification of three projects in Salem, Oregon.