The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) has appointed four co-chairs to its task force on Covid-19 and other Respiratory Infections: Prevention and Preparedness, Resilience and Recovery.
- Despina Katsikakis, international partner and head of occupier business performance at Cushman & Wakefield;
- Dr Wang Qingqin, vice-president of China Academy of Building Science (CABR);
- Dr Lam Khee Poh, Provost’s Chair professor of Architecture and Building and dean, School of Design And Environment, National University of Singapore; and
- Joanne Mahoney, chief operating officer at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York.
They join expert co-chairs from the US and others from China who will help define the critical role buildings, organisations and communities play in reducing the health burden from this and other infectious diseases.
Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and IWBI chairman, said: “This task force provides a mechanism to focus on this immediate challenge and collect and apply the expertise and insight of hundreds of leaders from their respective fields.”
The work of the task force is twofold. First, it will identify and develop a set of signature deliverables and resources, including guidelines for individuals, organisations and communities to help them better integrate actionable insights and proven strategies into how they manage both their buildings and their organisations.
Second, it will assess ways in which the WELL Building Standard (WELL) itself can be further strengthened so the system, which touches more than a half-billion square feet of space across 58 countries, can best continue to support prevention and preparedness, resiliency and recovery in this critical moment and in future.
The list of task force members is available here. They will collaborate on this fast-tracked effort through an innovative community portal that will serve as the hub for its work and enable digital crowdsourcing from a global community of experts across subject matters.
More information about the task force and IWBI’s response to Covid-19 is available here.