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WELL certification

Launched in 2014, the WELL Building Standard™ is the world’s first building certification that focuses exclusively on human health and wellness.

WELL is a ‘human-centred’ approach to building design based on seven years’ of scientific, medical and architectural research. It provides architects and designers with guidelines on how to make a real and measurable difference to how we function within our urban spaces. WELL notes different concepts to consider and fulfil in the scope of a design including: air, light, comfort, innovation and mind. Depending on how many of the criteria within these concepts a project fulfils, there are three certification levels available: Silver, Gold and Platinum.

Products cannot be WELL accredited

WELL requirements cover the performance of materials, not the performance of individual products or brands. The products you use can only contribute to earning points required for WELL Certification; they do not earn points toward WELL Certification on their own.

How you can use Altro products to satisfy WELL performance criteria

Air

  • Altro floors and walls have undergone rigorous external VOC testing and have low VOCs
  • Our floors are compliant with national and international indoor air quality schemes including:
    • FloorScore, the indoor air quality scheme used with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in North America; FloorScore® certified products meet the indoor emission criteria of the LEED® Green Building Rating System
    • The seal M1, indicating the lowest emission class of the voluntary Finnish emissions classification of building materials. Due to changes in the supply chains and by constantly measuring the VOC emission this has been achieved

Nourishment

  • Help promote healthy eating by creating optimum kitchens with our HACCP-approved hygienic systems for commercial kitchens
  • If you are involved in the production and storage of food and drink, our specialist hygienic systems of floors, walls, doors and resins will deliver the innovative and practical solutions you require

Light

  • Optimise the measure of the amount of visible and usable light reflected from a surface when illuminated by a light source with our floors and walls
  • Create ideal wall and floor combinations using Light Reflectance Values (LRVs) to meet the Equality Act 2010 with our DSDC-accredited ranges
 

Innovation

  • We are proud of our award-winning world firsts:
    • Altro invented safety flooring, adhesive-free safety flooring, wood-look safety vinyl, shoe and barefoot safety vinyl, and have installed the world’s first in-house safety flooring recycling machine
    • Altro invented the hygienic wall cladding system
    • Altro invented safety vinyl ranges which are 100% recyclable post-consumer
    • Altro were the first manufacturer to produce phthalate-free safety floors
  • We continue to lead the market in making vinyl floors that are free from ortho-phthalate plasticisers
  • We have been using a more renewable source of plasticisers since 2008 globally
  • 100% of Altro construction safety floors contain a bioplasticiser which comes from corn/maize
  • We use plasticisers based on natural raw materials (citric acid ester)
  • All Altro vinyl floors are CE compliant according to DIN EN 14041:2004/AC:2006 (German Institute for Standardisation (Deutsches Institut für Normung)

Mind

  • As you support your employees and provide ongoing education for them, create the right environment to achieve this with our biophilic ranges
  • Incorporate zoning into your designs with our floors and walls to create break-out areas for your staff to relax or meet
  • Don’t forget the importance of colour, pattern, designs and texture as you fashion your space. Visualise your options now!
    • Choose our new Insta-space software, which lets you upload your own picture and view our solutions in your own space
    • Use our Space visualiser to choose our products in a choice of pre-existing room sets

Comfort

  • Promote the wellbeing of your staff and service users by creating a positive sound environment indoors
  • Specify our acoustic and impact sound reduction floors to reduce noise transference both between rooms and storeys in your buildings
  • For comfort underfoot, choose one of our comfort floors, which helps prevent musculosketal problems and improves productivity
  • For thermal comfort, you can specify both our adhered or adhesive-free floors with underfloor heating