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The International Well Building Institute (IWBI) has joined forces with The Instant Group to improve health and wellbeing practices in co-working and flexible workspaces. 

Joint efforts between the healthy buildings certification body and flexible workspace marketplace will target opportunities to advance innovative solutions for healthy coworking and flexible workspaces.

A growing body of research shows health interventions help support workplace satisfaction, comfort and productivity, while also helping attract and retain talent. In addition, a number of studies have demonstrated the business case for healthy buildings, which can attract higher rents and longer lease terms.

“We are excited to be joining forces with The Instant Group,” said Rachel Hodgdon, president and CEO of IWBI.  “As more and more organizations embrace the outsized role workspaces have on health, this presents a tremendous opportunity to elevate the wellbeing of the thousands of people who use these flexible spaces every day.”

“Companies which optimise their spaces for health and wellbeing are transforming their workforce into an even greater asset and developing happier, more productive employees,” said Sam Pickering, executive director, sustainability at Instant. 

“This collaboration is a logical follow-up to our sustainability index, which launched in 2023 to ensure quality data on building performance and helping operators and occupiers track and report on their performance.”

Fitwel has teamed up with Evora Global to offer a new tool for quantifying and validating the ‘S’ in ESG.

The healthy building certification platform has launched its Certified Metrics pilot in partnership with sustainable technology and services company Evora.

Certified Metrics will enable real estate firms to assess an entire fund or portfolio against an evidence-based standard, generate data insights about social and material risk, verify performance through a third-party review, and the compare that performance with their peers. 

Fitwel said the tool “can be used across funds and portfolios with a variety of asset types, ultimately delivering data-driven insights to inform investment decisions” by connecting health outcomes with economic value.

"Given that ‘S’ metrics are still in their infancy in terms of ESG reporting, what matters most is where you stand in relation to the rest of the market," said Joanna Frank, Fitwel president & CEO. “This is the appeal of Certified Metrics – in offering a much-needed pathway for companies to maximize the value they are creating by prioritising health.”