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Intent: The WELL Movement concept promotes movement, physical activity and active living and discourages sedentary behaviors through environmental design strategies, programs and policies.


WKU Points Achieved in the Movement Feature


Intent: To promote movement, physical activity and active living through the design of built spaces.

This WELL feature requires projects to select from a series of design-based optimizations

  • Achieve Feature V03: Movement Network and Circulation.

Intent: Reduce physical strain and injury, improve ergonomic comfort and workplace safety and general well-being through ergonomic design and education.

This WELL feature requires projects to provide basic ergonomic workstation furnishings for desk- and standing-based workstations and education about workplace risk factors, signs and symptoms of discomfort, ergonomic policies and available furnishings.

  • At all workstations, computer monitors, including laptops, can be adjusted by height and horizontal distance from the user through one or more of the following:  Monitors with built-in height adjustment; Height-adjustable stands.;  Mounted, adjustable arms that hold primary or additional screens.
  • For at least 25% of seated-height workstations, employees have the ability to alternate between sitting or standing through one of the following:  Adjustable height sit-to-stand desks; Desktop height-adjustment stands;
  • All seating at workstations for employees meets the following adjustability requirements in compliance with the HFES 100-2007 standard or BIFMA G1-2013 guidelines:  Chair height;  Seat depth; One additional adjustability requirement:  Seat angle; Backrest angle; Arm rests.
  • Projects provide education that is appropriate for employees, type of work and workstations in the space. At a minimum, topics include:  Information on how to recognize risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders and ergonomic issues in the work environment relevant to the project; Information on how to recognize signs and symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders relevant to the type of work conducted in the project space; Information on the reporting processes for risk factors and musculoskeletal disorders; Information on how to adjust ergonomic furnishings (e.g., seating) and workstations (e.g., height adjustment stands) provided by the project team;  Information on the process for employees to request ergonomic furnishings (as applicable); Information on proper posture and/or form (e.g., proper posture while seated, standing, lifting, bending).

Intent: Promote daily physical activity and movement through the design of the circulation network

This WELL feature requires projects to consider the circulation network within the building and implement design and promotional strategies that promote regular movement and stair use (as applicable).

  • Design Aesthetic Circulation Networks
    1. Hallways within the project boundary are aesthetically designed through the inclusion of at least two of the following per floor:  Artwork; Light levels of at least 215 lux [20 fc] when in use.
    2. Staircases:  At least one staircase or other active path between floors (e.g., ramps) is open to regular building occupants, services all floors of the project and is and aesthetically designed through the inclusion of Artwork;Light levels of at least 215 lux [20 fc] when in use; Views of an interior atrium, courtyard or daylight via windows or skylights.
  • Integrate Point-of-Decision Signage:  Projects implement point-of-decision signage that encourages stair use at each of the following locations within the project boundary (minimum of one sign per location):  Elevator banks; Base of stairs/stairwells and re-entry points at each floor; Junctions in corridors that lead to either a stairwell open to regular building occupants or an elevator bank.
  • Promote Visible Stairs:  At least one staircase or other path between floors (e.g., ramps) meets the following requirements:  Open to regular building occupants;  Services all floors of the project; Located physically and/or visibly before any motorized vertical circulation (e.g., elevator or escalator), as measured from the main point of entry to the project or building.

Intent: Limit Promote active living and physical activity by selecting sites that offer diverse amenities and uses, are in close proximity to mass transit and offer pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure in the surrounding area.

This WELL feature requires projects to demonstrate that the project site is near diverse uses and walkable and bike-friendly streets and has proximate access to mass transit.

  • Select Sites with Diverse Uses: The project is located within 400 m [0.25 mi] walk distance the following:. Bank, Place of Worship, Public library, Restaurant, Restaurant, Pharmacy, Museum, High School, Theater, Laundry.
  • Select Sites with Pedestrian Friendly Streets: 90% of total street length within an 800 m [0.5 mi] radius of the project boundary has continuous sidewalks or all-weather pathways present on both sides.

Intent: Promote regular physical activity and exercise by providing physical activity spaces and equipment at no cost

This WELL feature requires projects to provide occupants access to dedicated physical activity spaces and equipment at no cost. 

  • Provide Off-Site Activity Spaces

Intent: Promote daily physical activity through pedestrian-friendly site amenities.

This WELL feature requires that projects leverage site design and amenities within the immediate vicinity to encourage physical activity throughout the day.

  • Trees, planters and/or other landscaped elements.
  • Artistic installations

Intent: Encourage physical activity and active lifestyles through diverse monetary and non-monetary incentive offerings

This WELL feature requires projects to provide physical activity incentives and monitor uptake of incentive offerings.

  • Financial rewards to HSA account.
  • Healthcare Discount







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 Last Modified 12/13/18