WELL® Certification

HSBC Place is WELL Core Certified™ Gold focusing on the health and wellbeing of the building’s occupants. Grounded in medical research, WELL® is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.

WELL® is an investment in the world’s most valuable asset – people

  • Prioritize the health and well-being of your employees
  • Align real estate, operations, human resources and the C-suite under a shared vision for health
  • Enhance your brand through market leadership
  • Validate your commitment through rigorous third-party review and onsite testing

Global Benchmark for Health

WELL® is in use by over 30,269 projects in 98 countries, encompassing over 2.9 billion square feet of real estate around the world. Spanning 105 features and 7 concepts in v1, WELL® is a roadmap for improving the quality of our air, water and light with inspired design decisions that not only keep us connected but facilitate a good night’s sleep, support our mental health and help us do our best work everyday.

HSBC Place WELL® Manual

Designed to Create a Better Office Experience

HSBC Place represents a best-in-class office environment, designed to exceed tenants comfort while optimizing operational efficiencies. HSBC Place has achieved WELL® Building Standard, targeting Gold level of Certification, focusing on the health and wellbeing of the building’s occupants. HSBC Place has also achieved LEED®Gold certification, an independent verification system for healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings.

WELL® 7 Concepts within HSBC Place

As property manager, Epic believes that a commitment to sustainability is good for the environment, good for our tenants and good for our communities.

The following are areas where we have incorporated into HSBC Place:

Water
Water available on the site is intended to limit the presence of 33 contaminants and sediments ensuring high quality drinking water that is clean and microbe-free for tenants and visitors.

Nourishment
Requires the availability of fruits and vegetables and nutritional transparency. It encourages the creation of food environments, where the healthiest choice is the easiest choice.

Light
Over 75% of the regularly occupied spaces are exposed to daylight and provides enhanced views of the greater Edmonton landscape.

Movement
Onsite gym (The Wellness Centre) within the building, bicycle storage, and post-commute shower/locker facilities to support physically active lifestyles, transportation, and exercise.

Air
Use of performance thresholds, filtration and ventilation rates to maintain high quality indoor air and reduce the build-up of indoor air pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). High quality indoor air improves the productivity of our tenants. Green and natural cleaning procedures to help maintain a hygienic and nontoxic indoor environment.

Comfort
Optimal indoor temperature settings are utilized to provide enhanced comfort to tenants. Building is designed to reduce the amount of mechanically generated noise and improve acoustical comfort. Ensuring equal accessibility for all abilities. Individual washrooms ensuring the building is inclusive and welcoming to all.

Mind
The lobby, developed to positively impact occupant mood and nurture innate human-nature connection. Our welcoming lobby space, complete with an immerse digital art installation and use of green design elements has a positive impact on tenant and visitor mental health and wellbeing.

Resources

Health and Nutrition Education

Canada’s Food Guide: Healthy Eating on a Budget.
Learn about the basics of Plant-Based Diets. 
Diabetes Canada: Advice on how to eat well for diabetics. 
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada: Eating a healthy and balanced diet to minimize the risks of heart disease and strokes.
Food Network Canada: Provides quick, easy, and healthy recipes and tips. 
Health Canada: A variety of healthy living resources.
MyHealth Alberta: Resources and tools for common health topics.

Light Exposure and Sleep

Health Canada: Sun Safety
Mayo Clinic: Five Strategies for Better Sleep
Sleep On It Canada: Canadian Public Health Campaign and Resources on Sleep
National Institutes of Health: Your Guide to Healthy Sleep

Visual and Physical Ergonomics

Mayo Clinic: Your how-to-guide for office ergonomics
MyHealth Alberta: Overview of the importance of ergonomics and how to improve your work spaces
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety:  Office Ergonomics Resources
Northwell Health: How to Have Good Posture at Work

Mental Health Promotion

Health Canada: Mental health, mental illness, suicide prevention, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) support.
MyHealth Alberta: General Health and Wellbeing Resources and Supports
Bell Let’s Talk Toolkit: Mental Health tools for workplaces, communities, and schools
Canadian Centre for Mental Health
Mental Health Playbook for Business Leaders
Open Counseling: Free telephone counseling hotlines in Canada

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation

MyHealth Alberta: Smoking cessation information, resources, and services
Health Canada: Information, National Resources, and services about smoking cessation
Smokers’ Helpline has proven, free and personalized tools to help you quit successfully

Substance Use Education and Services

Center for Addiction and Mental Health: Information about mental illness and addiction, including treatment and recovery
Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

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