New Standard Attenuates Covid; School ‘Immune’

Contributed by BSM Staff

ATHENS -- The IMMUNE Building Standard, developed mid-pandemic to attenuate the effects of Covid-19, continues to extend its global reach that started in 2020.

Launched by Genesis Property, a leading member of the European Property Federation, the IMMUNE Building Standard, which initially covered offices, industrial and residential assets, now has now extended to cover educational institutions, with the first being a school in Greece.

IMMUNE is based on a practical investment in a Healthy by Design System (HbDS), which empowers building operators to verify and adjust the condition of the building to a healthy performance level, and thus providing occupants with the space and confidence for a healthy experience.

St. Catherine’s British School, an international school located in northern Athens, Greece, has obtained the highest certification level of the IMMUNE Building Standard -- becoming the first educational institution in the world to do so. The school achieved the label IMMUNE -- Resilient, scoring 5 stars out of 5, following the successful implementation of the health and safety set of measures for its students.

“We are proud to receive this certification which emphasizes a key priority to enabling a healthy environment for our whole community, especially our staff and students.  It is our responsibility to create a greener setting and future for our future generations and this certification validates our vision and mission in action,” said Stuart Smith, the CEO and Headteacher of St. Catherine’s British School.

The certification was achieved after the successful implementation of a large majority of measures included in the IMMUNE Assessment Scoring Index, an evaluation tool developed by Genesis Property.

The building now has enhanced air filtration systems and benefits from strengthened sanitation in essential areas such as the main entrance, lifts, stairwells, door touch plates and handles. Moreover, automatic hand sanitizers were installed in the main entrance and lobbies on each floor.

Established in 1956 on the grounds of the British Embassy in Athens, St. Catherine's teaches over 1,300 students, aged 3 to 18 years, from 54 nationalities. The school is a COBIS Executive Member (Council of British International Schools), an HMC School (Head) and an IBO World School (International Baccalaureate).  School facilities include a 350-seat theatre, state-of the art science laboratories, a design technology Fablab and much more. Moreover, the classrooms are equipped with interactive smart board technology and Wi-Fi is available throughout the entire school.

“This new milestone for IMMUNE Building Standard reflects a strong commitment in creating healthier built environments for the future and proves the versatility and adaptability of the standard. We support safe education and believe that it is our responsibility to engage and unlock the potential of future generations. Achieving the highest level, 5 stars out of 5, St. Catherine’s demonstrates the commitment to transform the educational institution into the best place for children to nurture their innovative spirit and creativity,” said Liviu Tudor, the Founder of Genesis Property and President of the European Property Federation.

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