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Activity incentive programs

Activity incentive programs

Intent: 

To promote active lifestyles through the provision of physical activity incentive programs.

Projects that are operated as a co-working space should pursue the New & Existing Interiors project type. For this type of project, Feature 65 would only apply to employees of the project owner.

Incentives can be one of two types: monetary or non-monetary. Monetary incentives include direct payments or subsidized programs/offerings. Non-monetary incentives include programs such as flexible scheduling, additional paid time off, employee recognition programs or similar non-monetary awards such as prizes. Note that project teams may provide non-monetary incentive(s) towards requirements for Part 1.

All building staff managing and operating the building and/or employed by the project owner and regularly working in the building must have access to these benefits. Additionally, the owner must provide education to tenants related to the benefits and implementation of these requirements.

A worker is considered an employee if they have a regular or predictable schedule, which has (or is intended to) continue for longer than a few months.

Projects play an integral role in defining this for their employees/project population. As a starting point, projects might want to familiarize themselves with the average cost of a gym membership and/or group fitness program/classes for their geographic area. Focus groups or employee surveys are another great strategy to deploy when exploring what types of incentive programs would be most meaningful.

Projects have flexibility in defining what activity incentives are meaningful to their employees or project population. This incentive offering would likely comply with Part 1c.

Health insurance based offerings may be considered towards requirements so long as they meet the intent of the feature and offer similar incentives for physical activity. In addition, health-insurance-based activity incentives should be offered to all employees who qualify for employer-based health insurance.

There are no specific requirements for how a project should demonstrate that 30% of regular occupants utilize free access to the gym. Some methods that could be used include conducting occupant surveys, or asking the gym to provide aggregate check-in data to confirm.