WELL Certification Guide and Concepts

Promoting Health & Wellbeing

WELL Certification

As a candidate for a WELL certification, the UF Student Health Care Center is dedicated to prioritizing the health and safety of its patients, faculty and staff. Learn more about what steps the SHCC has taken to ensure our building is promoting healthy lifestyle for all students, faculty and staff.

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Air

On average, people spend about 90% of their time in enclosed spaces. This includes at home, in offices, schools or other building environments. The mechanical ventilation system uses outdoor air and internal CO2 sensors to remove toxins from the internal environment.

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Water

Did you know that two-thirds of the average human body is made up of water? Drinking the right amount of water is vital to our health as it plays a key role in many of our body’s functions. Water fountains can be found on every floor. Our water filters and testing ensure that water meets the World Health Organization, or WHO, thresholds, helping to improve water quality.

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Nourishment

Healthy diets have been linked to the prevention of illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. The Student Health Care Center has a demonstration kitchen that offers students and staff an opportunity to learn how to make healthy meals that provide high nutritional value.

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Light

Natural lighting and an indirect electric lighting design creates a balanced and well-lit space, promoting a productive work environment. Occupants are also able to adjust light levels to meet specific needs throughout the building.

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Thermal Comfort

Thermal comfort is one of the highest contributing factors to overall satisfaction in buildings. It can affect our mood, motivation, and focus. Our building has increased thermal control by determining occupant satisfaction through surveys, maintaining optimum humidity levels and more.

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Sound

Did you know the effects of exterior noise from transportation or industrial sources have been linked to sleep disturbance, hypertension and the reduction of mental arithmetic skills in school-aged children? At the SHCC, we have facilitated comfortable interior noise levels and bolstered acoustical privacy between rooms.

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Materials

The SHCC aims to reduce the exposure to chemicals that may impact health. We do this by restricting hazardous materials in the construction of our new building, utilizing low-hazard pesticides and eliminating harmful ingredients in soaps and cleaning products.

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Mind

Improving mindfulness opportunities, restorative spaces and optimal sleep habits have an impact on well-being. This can include relief from anxiety, depression, pain and stress. Our building promotes mental health by providing education and resources, integrating nature throughout design elements and more.

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Movement

If physical inactivity was decreased by 10%, more than half a million deaths worldwide could be averted. Active design elements help support active lifestyles. The Student Health Care Center promotes frequent pedestrian activity and encourages employees to move away from their desks during meal breaks.

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Community

Equal and affordable access to comprehensive health services supports better community health outcomes, reducing health disparities and overall healthcare costs.

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