The Ultimate Zen Home

New building certification based on your wellness

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to talk with Roh Habibi, agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in San Francisco and Million Dollar Listing San Francisco star, about his business and trends he is seeing in the Bay Area. Roh was a treasure trove of great insights, but there was one thing he shared with me that really piqued my interest – Well Buildings.

I’ve never heard the term before so when I asked Roh to elaborate I became captivated with his description of building homes, businesses, hospitals, schools – you name it – from the perspective of human wellness.

The Well Building Standard states that it “focuses on human wellness within the built environment. It identifies specific conditions, that when holistically integrated into building architecture and design, enhance the health and well-being of the occupants.” The standards and measurements are grouped into seven categories: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind. A certified building or home must reach a certain score in each of the categories.

During a recent smart home discussion hosted by Coldwell Banker, I heard someone refer to the home as a conscious home. As our homes become more conscious due to the Internet of Things (IoT) within them, I can see how Well Buildings will flourish. Imagine that your home not only has the ability to make decisions based on your historical use without you having to make a decision (say for instance the temperature in your house), coupled with a living environment that was built with your wellness in mind. And the thing is we don’t have to imagine – it’s here.

Photo credit: Flickr user Vincent Carrella

Senior Manager, Public Relations for Coldwell Banker. Grew up in south Florida as an avid Seminole fan and attended college in the mountains of North Carolina. Athena wanted to wake up in that city that doesn’t sleep so headed to Madison Avenue to start her marketing career. Athena has been with this awesome brand for more than 15 years and can be found generating buzz about CB in every way possible. The one area of her job she loves the most is overseeing the Coldwell Banker Homes for Dogs Project in partnership with where hundreds of thousands of dogs have now found their fur-ever home. In her spare time, you can find her either digging up a new area in her yard for another flower bed or planning her next travel adventure. She resides with the Bukowski of our generation (AKA her husband) along with her cats Jolene, Ziggy and Lucy in Atlanta, Ga.

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