The Task Force on COVID-19 will prepare new Guidelines for Prevention and Preparedness, Resilience and Recovery as well as enhancements to the WELL Building Standard which is used in more than 4,100 projects across 59 countries.
Ken is an award-winning WELL Accredited Professional and a member of the prestigious WELL Faculty which provides education to the industry in how to transform communities, buildings and the built environment by incorporating healthy design principles. In 2019 he sat on the global IWBI Industrial Sector Advisory and currently sits on the global IWBI Sound Advisory.
He said COVID-19 is shifting perceptions about how the buildings in which people work, live and visit impact health, while awareness around preventative health measures (such as handwashing and social distancing) has never been higher. Ken said this heightened awareness, while currently centred around infectious diseases, will inevitably carry into awareness around chronic health conditions.
“I am passionate about influencing healthy building practices so that public health outcomes are shifted and the trend of increasing chronic diseases is slowly reversed. I see buildings and space as the frontline mechanism to achieve that. Buildings also have a critical role in mitigating the spread of infectious diseases,” he said.