IMMUNE Building Standard developed in response to COVID-19
International consultancy and construction company Mace has obtained the first IMMUNE Building Standard (IMMUNE) certification globally for its headquarters in London.
Located in London’s historic center, Mace’s office building at 155 Moorgate has achieved the IMMUNE – powerful certification (equivalent to 4 stars), recognizing the successful measures implemented to keep employees safe during a global pandemic.
Developed in Romania, The IMMUNE Building Standard was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in a very short timeframe, mid-pandemic, by a team of international experts in health, technology, architecture, construction, engineering and facility management. The certification is dedicated to office buildings and can also be adapted for buildings in use for hospitality, retail, health care, education, or residential purposes.
Mace has taken extensive action in the past months to implement safety measures across its offices and construction sites to ensure a safer and healthier workplace environment for its 5,000 employees.
“The IMMUNE Building Standard demonstrably recognizes the health and wellbeing measures we have implemented at Mace’s headquarters in London, keeping our employees safe during the pandemic. The Facilities Management team at Mace has worked in partnership with colleagues from across the business to allow operations to continue from all our offices, implementing control measures that focus on the wellbeing of all our staff. Coupled with flexible working arrangements, we have created a workplace environment for our colleagues where they can work and perform safely”, said Maud Santamaria, Head of Workplace Experience at Mace.
Mace’s headquarters are awarded the certification following an independent assessment process based on the IMMUNE Assessment Scoring Index, conducted by Build Green, an authorized building assessor and a contributor to the development of the standard.
The IMMUNE Building Standard claims to be the first global open-source standard to assess the resilience of office buildings to the Covid-19 pandemic and other similar health threats. In total, IMMUNE includes in excess of 120 measures that any office building owner or employer in the building can take to improve the immunity of the workplace.
For the certification of a building, an authorized assessor in the field of sustainable design, development and certification of buildings, evaluates the building based on a complex set of criteria and awards one of the three IMMUNE labels – Strong, equivalent to 3 stars, Powerful, equivalent to 4 stars or Resilient, equivalent to 5 stars.