As a commissioning project engineer at Paladino, I improve building performance by carefully analyzing data. Numbers are black and white – and unambiguous. Analytics are core to Paladino’s approach, and number crunching is in my DNA.
If you want to know if your HVAC system is efficient; if your building is leaking heat; or if your WHAT is WHAT – our commissioning team can use data and building science to give you the answer.
Building occupants account for 90% of costs. Which is why, after recently gaining my WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) certification, I have added another lens to my view of building sustainability. While commissioning is typically concerned with the hard costs of sustainability – energy, water, and waste – wellness, back-checked by a WELL certification, is more concerned about the human side of sustainability. The data proves that there’s a significant ROI for commercial real estate that invests in fresh air and sunshine in the workplace. Access to vegetation and nature improves productivity. Artwork and the right wall colors will alleviate stress.
What architects, developers, and building owners/operators need to understand is that you don’t have to commission expensive equipment to make buildings healthier and/or WELL-certified. Adjusting lighting levels, repainting walls, taking water samples, bringing in plants, are each low-cost measures that are within reach of nearly every business and building owner. Small businesses and large businesses can take advantage of wellness strategies and incorporate biophilic design elements that contribute to improved wellness.
Don’t get me wrong – I will keep ‘geeking out’ on our clients’ solid, quantitative gains as measured by LEED and other data-focused building standards. But now I can take it further because WELL adds an important qualitative measure of building sustainability and building well-being that is measured in human factors like cognitive function, reduced absenteeism, and improved decision making. With my engineering background, I can use building science and commissioning rigor to complement the human performance goals and WELL standards.
Getting my WELL AP certification is just the beginning of a new and refreshed approach to building commissioning. I plan to bring this new view and expertise to Paladino projects. In fact, I already find myself viewing every building I commission differently. In addition to looking for that hard data I already love, I find myself asking: Is this design as convenient for me to take the stairs as the elevator? Do the windows open? Is the lighting bright and energizing or dim and depressing?
WELL has taught me to look beyond the data to the powerful qualitative factors that make or break a building’s true sustainability. After all – it’s all about the people!
I’m proud to join the WELL team at Paladino and look forward to helping you see your space through the WELL lens.