Hugo Lafrance, WELL AP, LEED AP (BD+C, O+M) and sustainable development project director at Lemay, has once again distinguished himself, by becoming the first WELL Faculty member in Quebec and the fourth in Canada.
This credential recognizes professionals with in-depth knowledge of WELL certification and enables them to train others as part of the healthy building movement.
Launched in 2014, WELL certification works as a complement to LEED ecological certifications, by targeting the health and well-being of the users in a built environment.
“With absenteeism representing a direct cost of over $16 billion to Canadian organizations, it seems obvious that the way we design work environments plays a determining role,” said Mr. Lafrance.
The International WELL Building Institute intends to reverse this trend by exploring how building design can be optimized to improve the state of its occupants.
For Mr. Lafrance, the objective of the movement is “to re-establish the person as the heart and purpose of the built environment. In the process of aiming for energy efficiency and ecological certifications, WELL is the natural culmination.”
As an instructor, he will be accredited to train and advise various actors in projects that aim to create superior living environments and/or earn WELL certification.
In many regards, Mr. Lafrance’s expertise represents the values of Lemay, to whom respect for the environment is paramount. The integrated design firm has positioned itself to create healthy and sustainable living environments, and continues to do so with Humaniti: a mixed-use residential complex and Quebec’s first building to target WELL certification.