SOLON, Ohio, June 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- As a leader in Northern Ohio's commercial HVAC & building services industry, GARDINER today announced plans to advance its commitment to facility health & wellness in the region by joining the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), making them the first member company based in Greater Cleveland and one of 65 member companies in the United States.
As a Cornerstone member, GARDINER will work with clients across the region to leverage the evidence-based strategies of the world's leading health-focused building standard – the WELL Building Standard (WELL) – to support and enhance the well-being of the people within local facilities of all types.
"Clients have looked to GARDINER for decades for help in dealing with challenges in local buildings like hospitals, K-12 schools, universities, municipal facilities and office buildings," said Todd Barnhart, President of GARDINER. "In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone designing, constructing or operating a building is looking for ways to measurably improve their building's ability to best support the health and wellness of the people in it."
WELL is focused on the ways that buildings can improve comfort and generally enhance, rather than compromise, health and wellness. Delivered by IWBI, WELL is a performance-based rating system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of our buildings that impact human health and wellness, through Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Thermal Comfort, Sound, Materials, Mind and Community.
"Joining IWBI is another way that GARDINER can help lead the industry in Northern Ohio," said Barnhart. "By committing to WELL, we can help local buildings take advantage of research-driven, evidence-based strategies in a practical way that demonstrates real-world results and helps our clients keep their employees, customers, students or patients as safe and healthy as possible. We're proud to be part of it."
As part of the program, GARDINER's staff of 225 local associates, including over two dozen degreed engineers, will be trained on the program's concepts and standards using the extensive IWBI educational resources, including the WELL AP (Accredited Professional) program.
"Since the first WELL projects, we have continued to build the momentum towards a global transformation that puts people at the focus of a healthier future," said IWBI Chairman and CEO Rick Fedrizzi. "The IWBI membership community is passionate and united around their efforts to elevate wellness in their everyday work, and we are excited to have each of them on this journey."
GARDINER is a full service HVAC, energy services and professional building services company serving Northern Ohio's commercial, industrial and institutional facilities, engineers and contractors since 1962. More than 2,500 clients in Northern Ohio trust GARDINER to solve their building comfort, reliability, air quality, energy, facilities planning, and project funding challenges. To learn more call 440-248-3400 or visit, www.whgardiner.com.
About International WELL Building Institute
The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is leading the global movement to transform our buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive. The WELL v2 pilot is the recently launched version of its popular WELL Building Standard, which will continue to be offered to the market, along with the WELL Community Standard pilot, a district scale rating system that sets a new global benchmark for healthy communities.