NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Delos®, a U.S. based wellness real estate and technology firm, and Chinese real estate company Sino-Ocean Land announced a strategic partnership to advance healthy building in China. The partnership seeks to promote health and wellness in China by transforming indoor environments, where we spend more than 90 percent of our time, into spaces that help nurture, sustain and promote human health and well-being.
As part of the partnership, Sino-Ocean Land announced a long-term commitment to the WELL Building Standard® (WELL). During the first phase of this commitment, Sino-Ocean Land pledged to pursue WELL Certification for all of its new development projects in Southern China, which represents a significant majority of its development pipeline in the country, over the next five years. In order to launch their commitment, the company today announced that its Guangzhou Tianjiao project is the first mixed-use complex registered to pursue WELL Certification in China.
Pioneered by Delos, the WELL Building Standard® is the first building standard to focus on enhancing people’s health and well-being through the built environment. Administered by the International WELL Building Institute® and third-party certified through Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), WELL is an evidence and performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features that impact human health and well-being in the built environment. Sino-Ocean Land has been a passionate advocate for WELL, and is involved with Delos on multiple levels and today their long-term commitment reaffirms their confidence in the company’s mission and belief in the importance of WELL.
“We are thrilled that Sino-Ocean Land has committed to advance health and wellness in the built environment in China through the WELL Building Standard,” said Delos Founder and CEO Paul Scialla. “We look forward to working together on the Guangzhou Tianjiao project and others moving forward.”
The announcement was attended by U.S. dignitaries and Chinese officials. U.S. dignitaries in attendance included former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, former Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Heather Zichal, Delos Founder and CEO Paul Scialla, and U.S. Green Building Council COO and Green Business Certification Inc. President Mahesh Ramanujam, as well as representatives from the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou. Chinese officials and industry leaders included Gu Yuchang, Vice President and Secretary General of China Real Estate Association,, and Ming Li, Vice President of China Real Estate Association, Chairman of Commercial and Journalism Real Estate Professional Committee, and Chairman of board of directors and President of Sino-Ocean Land.
“Sino-Ocean Land is very excited to launch the first WELL-registered mixed-use development in China,” said Li. “Sino-Ocean Land takes pride in this partnership and promoting the WELL Building Standard in China, which is aligned with our vision to develop wellness-centered human habitats.”
The partnership advances Delos’s international strategy to bring health and wellness across the globe. Located in the Tianhe District in the center of the city, the Guangzhou Tianjiao project is Sino-Ocean Land’s inaugural large-scale development since the company set foot in Guangzhou. The project totals nearly two and a half million square feet, including nearly 1.4 million square feet of high-end residential building and a 924,619 square foot commercial block.
As the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate™, Delos is transforming our homes, offices, schools, and other indoor environments by placing health and wellness at the center of design and construction decisions. Delos helps create spaces that actively contribute to human health, performance and well-being by marrying the best innovations in technology, health, science, and real estate. The Delos platform includes programming, consulting, research, and an array of innovative products and technologies that research suggests may improve occupant well-being. More information on Delos is available at www.delos.com.
About Sino-Ocean Land:
Founded in 1993, Sino-Ocean Land was listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on September 28, 2007 and has become one of the top ten Mainland real estate companies listed in Hong Kong. In March 2008 Sino-Ocean Land was selected as a constituent of the Hang Seng Hong Kong Composite Index and the Hang Seng China-Affiliated Corp Index. The Company is mainly engaged in the development of mid to high-end residential properties, premium office buildings, retail properties and serviced apartments; the sale of real estate and related business, landscaping, property management and hotels and club operation. Based in Beijing, Sino-Ocean Land boasts a multi-regional and diversified portfolio of both development and investment properties. Sino-Ocean Land sold nearly 194 million, 248 million and 291 million square feet of real estate in 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively.