The Power of Healthy Buildings
At the leading edge of the healthy building movement is the most comprehensive system for certifying that a building has achieved a quantifiable level of health and wellness support for its tenants, the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL). Founded by Delos in 2013, WELL is a third-party rating system certified by Green Business Certification Inc. and administered by the International WELL Building Institute™. WELL balances design and construction best practices with research-based findings on how buildings impact our health and wellness. There are three levels of certification offered by WELL, silver, gold and platinum, which are based on performance achievements in seven key concepts: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.
Though WELL is in a continuous developmental phase, TLC is already experienced at engineering high performance buildings that embrace many of its key concepts and provide comfortable physical environments that optimize cognitive and emotional health:
Air: A multitude of TLC projects have addressed air filtration levels, ventilation effectiveness, microbe and mold control and construction pollution and moisture management, which are prerequisites for WELL certification. We also design systems that meet the elective credits of air flushing, infiltration management, ventilation levels, humidity control, air quality monitoring, displacement ventilation, advanced air purification and combustion minimization.
Water: Water is essential to life and our designs encompass filtration and water treatment strategies with that understanding in mind. In addition, TLC is well versed in ASHRAE Standard 188 that addresses risk management strategies to prevent the spread of Legionnaires disease.
Light: TLC designs systems that increase alertness, enhance occupant experience and promote sleep through strategies such as lighting design for visual acuity, glare control, solar glare control, color rendering, daylight harvesting and melanopic light intensity control in work areas.
Comfort: Our systems meet acoustic and olfactory comfort, as well as the thermal requirements of ASHRAE Standard 55. We focus on achieving temperature and humidity targets, in tandem with reaching a desired level of control interface adaptability.
Mind: Benefitting the mind is a fundamental principle applied to our systems. MEP systems are an integral part of effective biophilic design, incorporating nature into the ventilation, lighting and water systems. Our MEP designs facilitate the successful incorporation of architectural biophilic design elements.
Not only does WELL promote a healthy lifestyle, it also yields cost savings through increased productivity. Building construction and operational costs are <10% of the value of production of the people occupying those spaces, over a 10-year window. Buildings that incorporate features that encourage occupant health, reduce employer healthcare costs and boost productivity can positively impact the bottom line. Generally, a 1% improvement in productivity typically exceeds a building’s annual energy expense.
TLC is working alongside partners Delos and HOK to create the world’s first WELL Certified city district in downtown Tampa. The 320,000 square foot University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute will be one of the first WELL Certified buildings situated on a 53-acre mixed-use development block. The multi-phase development will set the groundwork for large-scale applications of WELL, and TLC is at the forefront of this unprecedented movement toward healthy buildings.
Brian Lomel, a principal with TLC, is among the first 100 WELL Accredited Professionals in the world and can guide you through the WELL certification process. Ready to consider WELL for your next building? Contact Brian Lomel today.