Bwell Healthy Buildings

BWell with heartThe City of Burnsville cares about the health of our staff, community and visitors. Over the past several years, there has been significant scientific and medical research regarding the environmental impacts our indoor spaces have on our health – healthy environments lead to healthier people.

It is our priority to make innovative updates to City buildings to advance our healthy building efforts. To that objective, we’ve developed a variety of building management standards for each of our City facilities. These standards serve as a roadmap to optimize health, wellness, productivity and sustainability goals through targeted management practices and improvements to workplace design, policies and plans.

Key Objectives

Education, signage, best practices and training will be a focus for each of these areas including collaboration with the City’s employee wellness program for efforts such as handwashing, drinking water and the cleaning of shared areas.

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Air Quality and Ventilation 

Optimize indoor air quality through material selection, ventilation, filtrations and pest control

  • Smoke-free policy for indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Negative ion generators to suppress mold, bacteria, pathogens and viruses
  • Humidity control and moisture management
  • Optimization of mechanical and natural ventilation through building automation system
  • Implementation of a pest management plan
  • Support volatile organic compounds (VOC) reduction through the appropriate selection of furniture and cleaning products

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Water Quality

Promote safe and clean water through proper treatment, filtration and hydration promotion

  • Monitor and maintain fluoride and disinfectant residuals in the distribution system
  • Provide easily accessible filtered drinking fountains and water bottle refilling ability at water supply

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Optimize building and work space cleanliness through proper equipment, cleaning protocols and signage

  • Implement best practices cleaning protocols with appropriate equipment and preferred products
  • Antimicrobial activity for high contact surfaces
  • Permanent entryway systems to capture dirt and particles entering the building
  • Reduce surface contact with options such as automatic doors and foot openers

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Safety and Security

Optimize building safety and security through resources, equipment, plans, supplies, spaces and collaborations

  • Appropriate lighting for pathways and parking
  • Emergency resources (AED’s, first-aid kits)
  • Reduce respiratory particle exposure
  • Provide personal protective equipment
  • Install sharps needle containers
  • Maintain an active Safety Committee
  • Provide storm shelter area
  • Implement fire alarm and sprinkler testing plan
  • Security cameras, software and alert devices
  • Implement emergency procedures for evacuation or shelter-in-place
  • Maintain a database of building emergency equipment and supplies
  • Back-up generator

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Health and Wellness

Integrate physical, mental and social activity by providing features and spaces to promote an active, healthy lifestyle

  • Maximize exposure to negative ions (linked to benefits for mental and physical health)
  • Dedicated space for physical fitness and multipurpose rooms for wellness programs
  • A quiet room to support mental health
  • Provide showers and lockers to support active commutes to and from work
  • Walking trails within the building and campus
  • Break areas that can accommodate social activities

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Comfort and Lighting

Create distraction-free, barrier-free, productive and comfortable indoor environments to enhance productivity and alertness through work spaces, lighting, views and thermal building automation

  • ADA accessible design standards
  • Ergonomics program – visual and physical
  • Building automation system for thermal comfort control
  • Sound barriers and sound limits
  • Balance between direct task lighting and indirect ambient lighting
  • Solar glare control
  • Maximize natural daylight in work spaces
  • Active/adjustable workstations
  • Discourage strong chemical smells

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Optimize the sustainability of our built environments through sustainable energy solutions, plans and purchasing practices

  • Expand recycling and compostable program
  • Prioritize environmentally safe/renewable consumables
  • Properly recycle retired parts, equipment, supplies
  • Continue installing LED lights and lighting controls
  • Perform regular energy audits
  • Participate in solar energy programs