April 20, 2021
FUTURE Designs, a UK based designer and manufacturer of luminaires and lighting solutions, obtains the first IMMUNE Building Standard certification in the world for an Industrial Building, awarded by Healthy by Design Building Institute (HDBI). The factory and headquarters achieved the label ‘IMMUNE – Strong’ following the company’s successful implementation of the health and safety set of measures for its employees.
The certification marks the Healthy by Design Building Institute’s first major milestone in expanding The IMMUNE Building Standard beyond office buildings, in other real estate sectors that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. IMMUNE – a global open-source standard pioneered in April 2020 by Liviu Tudor, president of the European Property Federation and founder of Genesis Property – is adaptable to any built environment, including industrial buildings, increasing the resilience of physical spaces against current and future health threats and building trust among occupants.
“We are pleased to announce the world’s first IMMUNE factory standing as proof for the flexibility and versatility of this truly global standard. In current global economy, still facing the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, there are companies like FUTURE Designs that are laying out a coherent path to recovery, while demonstrating a ground-breaking approach and great leadership in protecting people’s health and well-being. We congratulate FUTURE Designs for the achievement of becoming the world’s first employer with a certified IMMUNE factory”, said Liviu Tudor, founder of Genesis Property and president of the European Property Federation.
In the past few months, FUTURE Designs has applied many measures to meet the IMMUNE criteria recommended for safer environments and has achieved the Strong label for its factory and headquarters. The certification is based on the IMMUNE assessment process conducted by Build Green, an independent authorised building assessor and a contributor to the development of the standard.
David Clements, Chief Executive at FUTURE Designs, says: “On behalf of FUTURE Designs, we are delighted to achieve the IMMUNE Strong Standard for our headquarters building and manufacturing facility and being the first Industrial Facility in the world to receive this accolade. We have spent hundreds of hours and great resource investigating the most effective and efficient means to ensure our premises is sanitized to the highest possible level to bat away the Covid-19 strain of bacteria. Additionally, as you’d expect we have installed FUZONE500 our airborne and surface bacteria removal system to all areas of our facility.
From the outset of the UK lockdown one year ago, our sole goal as exemplar employers was to make our place of work the safest possible for all team members, to give them confidence and peace of mind during this most extraordinary of times and no expense has been spared in our quest. Proof of our success is that to date have had zero Covid cases within our factory and assembly facilities.
Finally, we want to thank and applaud IMMUNE Building Standard for implementing this most important innovation and scrutinizing us.”
The IMMUNE standard is inspired by technologies and procedures developed and successfully applied in hospitals and medical clinics. Specifically, the standard is based on an IMMUNE Assessment Scoring Index including 120+ measures recommended for implementation in buildings that include technical solutions for architectural engineering, technology and design, as well as operational protocols applied permanently or ready to activate in specific risk scenarios.
Among measures recommended by IMMUNE are very efficient air filtering systems and technologies to enhance the sanitization of surfaces. Other important measures are the IMMUNE Quarantine Room acting as a dedicated area in case of immediate need to isolate people at risk, and the Emergency IMMUNE Warehouse which is a rapid logistic system for immediate pandemic-response.