In our continuing series titled, ‘Becoming a RESET Air AP’, RESET interviews pioneers from across the globe who have taken up the mission of creating healthier buildings. These individuals have not only decided to become RESET Air Accredited Professionals (AP’s) themselves but have integrated the RESET Air Certification Standards into their consulting portfolio, creating specialized, new business lines that they can offer to clients and partners.
Here’s what Shuchita Gupta, Head, Sustainable Solutions, Space Matrix, has to say.
What motivated you to become a RESET Air Accredited Professional?
With my current role as leader of Space Matrix’s global sustainability journey, it was only natural for me to upgrade to the first global, purely performance-based, building certification. Since RESET’s current focus is air quality; one of the most critical environmental concerns this decade has seen, I was motivated to find out how I could play my part in creating solutions.
Contemporary, “green” and healthy building rating frameworks, have grown quite gradually and organically in the past two decades. However, there has been a radical shift from solely quantifying tangible factors, such as waste, water, energy, etc, to quantifying the “intangibles”, such as health and productivity, for the larger benefit of the organization and its people.
RESET Air has set the right platform in that direction. I’m excited that our industry is now on the path towards quantifying and subsequently, ensuring, that built environments can be healthy and safe, starting with air.
What makes the RESET Air Standard different?
RESET Air has a very fresh approach. By being performance-based, through continuous data from sensors, the Standard allows users to identify potential issues in a project early on. Since its not prescriptive and mainly defines the target, it also gives much needed flexibility to designers and decision makers to choose the approach that best suits their projects to achieve desired results.
Lastly, due to its IT framework, RESET Air provides comparability of IAQ data for client sites, both at the global, as well as the local level. This then becomes a “glocal” benchmark for building owners and end-users alike.
Growing up, I was inspired by the phrase, “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world is one family)”. When we have systems, standards and frameworks in place that serve to unify rather than use biases or regional contexts to splinter us, will we be able to make this world a better one.
Happy Healthy Air Quality to all!
About Shuchita Gupta
Shuchita leads the sustainability journey at Space Matrix with an internal team fully adept at sustainable design consultancy in built environment named Sustainable Solutions. Shuchita graduated in architecture from the Chandigarh College of Architecture with 13+ years of work experience. She has a diverse background in architecture focused on sustainable design.
In addition to being a RESET Air AP, she is a WELL AP, LEED AP with BD+C specialty (USGBC), a GRIHA trainer and Evaluator, a Master Trainer for Energy Conservation Building Code for India, and an EDGE expert.
To get in touch with Shuchita you can connect with her, here.
About Space Matrix
Founded in 2001, by Shagufta Anurag, the company’s design practice has evolved into a dynamic, agile, 21st century digital enterprise; a design consultancy that specializes in workplace design. Space Matrix has developed a unique client focus that creates and delivers profitable, sustainable and future-ready workplace solutions. The firm has the mission to revolutionize the delivery of design and build services – both in Asia and globally. The firm has relevant project experience in over 55 cities and 14 office locations in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore (HQ), and the United States.
Teamwork, Integrity, and Excellence guide the selection of their clients, the relationships with their business partners, the recruitment of team members, and the delivery of services. The firm has over 400 professionals globally and continues to push the boundaries in workplace transformation.
With a commitment for design excellence, Space Matrix consistently ranks in Interior Design Magazine's Top 100 Design Giants and has won multiple International Property Awards.
To know more about the company, visit this link.