FUTURE Designs, the UK based designer and manufacturer of high-quality luminaires and bespoke lighting solutions, has obtained 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 set of health and safety measures for its employees.
The IMMUNE Building Standard beyond office buildings, into 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.
Liviu Tudor, Founder of Genesis Property and President of the European Property Federation, said: “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.”
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.
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. Another important measure is the IMMUNE Quarantine Room, acting as a dedicated area in case of an immediate need to isolate people at risk, and the Emergency IMMUNE Warehouse which is a rapid logistic system for immediate pandemic response.
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