IMMUNE Building Standard™, implemented in school buildings
The IMMUNE Building Standard™, developed to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, continues to expand its global scope that began in 2020. After offices, industrial and residential assets, the certification launched at the initiative of Genesis Property, a leading member of the European Property Federation, now also covers the buildings of educational establishments.
St. Catherine’s British School, an international school located in northern Athens, Greece, has achieved the highest level of certification in the IMMUNE™ build standardbecoming the first certified educational institution in the world.
The school has obtained the IMMUNE™ – Resilient label, obtaining 5 out of 5 stars, following the successful implementation of a large majority of the measures included in the IMMUNE™ Assessment Scoring Index, an assessment tool developed by Genesis Property. The building now has upgraded air filtration systems and benefits from enhanced sanitation in key areas such as the main entrance, elevators, stairwells, touch plates and door handles. Additionally, automatic hand sanitizers have been installed in the main entrance and lobbies on each floor.
“We are proud to receive this certification which emphasizes a key priority to enable a healthy environment for our entire community, especially our staff and students. It is our responsibility to create a greener environment and future for our future generations and this certification validates our vision and mission in action,” said Stuart Smith, CEO and Principal of St. Catherine’s British School.
Founded in 1956 on the grounds of the British Embassy in Athens, St. Catherine’s teaches over 1,300 students, aged 3 to 18, from 54 nationalities. The school is an executive member of COBIS (Council of British International Schools), HMC School (Head) and IBO World School (International Baccalaureate). St. Catherine’s British School has exceptional teaching and leisure facilities, including a 350-seat theatre, state-of-the-art science labs, a design technology Fablab and much more. Additionally, classrooms are equipped with interactive smartboard technology and Wi-Fi is available throughout the school.
”This new milestone for IMMUNE Building Standard™ reflects a strong commitment to creating healthier built environments for the future and proves the versatility and adaptability of the standard. We support safe education and believe it is our responsibility to engage and unleash the potential of future generations. Achieving the highest standard, 5 out of 5 stars, St. Catherine’s demonstrates the commitment to transforming the educational institution into the best place for children to nurture their innovative spirit and creativity,” said Liviu Tudor , founder of Genesis Property and president of the European Property Federation.
IMMUNE™ is based on a hands-on investment in a Healthy by Design (HbDS) system, which allows building operators to check and adjust building condition to a healthy performance level, and thereby providing occupants with the space and confidence necessary for a healthy experience. .
Each IMMUNE™ certified building incorporates state-of-the-art technology, specialized equipment and dedicated staff such as an IMMUNE™ steward, to manage building operations and health metrics as recommended. The standard is based on a IMMUNE™ Assessment Rating Index comprising more than 130 recommended measures for implementation in buildings that include technical solutions for architectural engineering, technology and design.
An independent Certified Building Appraiser conducts the assessment and recommends a property to become IMMUNE™ – certified by the Healthy by Design Building Institute with one of three labels: Strong (3 stars), Powerful (4 stars) or Resilient (5 stars).