Goodes Hall Rotunda

How WELL Fits in… or Doesn’t With Other Building Standards

Over the last several years the building industry has seen several building standards evolve around sustainability goals. This is a wonderful thing, helping commercial buildings move towards a more sustainable future.

WELL is often included alongside LEED® and other construction-oriented sustainability goals in RFPs received by designers, architects and builders. While consideration for all goals are best included early as WELL strategies may affect how space is designed, WELL has a lot to do with how a business is operated in the space after its construction. Continue reading

Indoor space with natural light

Behind the Scenes – Healthy Workplace Best Practices

When we founded Green Reason back in 2007, the focus of green building was very much on the physical property – reducing energy consumption, minimizing waste and sourcing sustainable materials during the building process, then fostering lower environmental impact once occupied. At one of those early meetings, one of our principals said ‘but what about the people?’ In years since we’ve continually reinforced to our clients that sustainability best practices must encompass the human experience. Continue reading

Earth Day – our beautiful home

A Changed Earth Day for 2020

More than just Earth Day, today is the 50th anniversary of the grassroots movement inspired by the environmental crisis, already evident back in 1970. As much as 10% of the American population participated in grassroots events protesting environmental ignorance and demanding a new way forward. Though small and localized, to begin with,  they launched the modern environmental movement we know as Earth Day. It is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event, engaging over a billion people each year. Continue reading