Interior fitness circulation
64. Interior fitness circulation
The integration of interior pathways and stairs within the built environment can provide a convenient way to incorporate short periods of physical activity into the workday, thus reducing sedentary tendencies. Stair climbing is a low-impact, moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity that burns calories and has been associated with improved cardiorespiratory fitness and a lower risk of stroke. To encourage greater use, pathways and stairs should be aesthetically pleasing and easily accessible from high-traffic routes.
This feature employs prominent designs and appealing aesthetics to promote the use of stairs and walking paths and to discourage reliance on elevators.
The following requirements are met:
In projects of 2 to 4 floors, at least one staircase meets the following requirements:
Both stairs and paths of frequent travel display elements of aesthetic appeal by incorporating at least 2 of the following:
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|Part 2: Stair Promotion||P||P||O|
|Part 3: Facilitative Aesthetics||P||P||O|
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Verification Methods Matrix
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|Part 1: Stair Accessibility||Visual Inspection|
|Part 2: Stair Promotion||Visual Inspection|
|Part 3: Facilitative Aesthetics||Visual Inspection|
LEED v4 Pilot Credit 78: Design for Active Occupants for primary staircase(s) includes classifying regularly occupied floors for re-entry, allowing all building users to access them, and providing access via stairs to at least 50% of the tenant floors.
LEED v4 Pilot Credit 78: Design for Active Occupants includes a requirement for a main staircase to be located within 25 ft of any edge of the lobby.
LEED v4 Pilot Credit 78: Design for Active Occupants includes a requirement to locate a main staircase that is visible before occupants encounter elevators and/or escalators.
LEED v4 Pilot Credit 78: Design for Active Occupants requires some features, one of which is the provision of daylighting with windows and/or skylights that are at least 8 square feet.
NYC Active Design Guidelines: Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Design recommends including permanent signage encouraging stair use, to be integrated with the building’s wayfinding program.
NYC Active Design Guidelines recommends a strategy for making stairs wide enough for traveling in groups, or in two directions, a width of at least 56 inches can comfortably accommodate this.
NYC Active Design Guidelines recommends strategies for encouraging stair use through a number of methods, including the incorporation of artwork into the stair environment.
NYC Active Design Guidelines recommends strategies for encouraging stair use through a number of methods, including adding music to stairwells.
NYC Active Design Guidelines recommends strategies for encouraging stair use through a number of methods, including highlighting interesting views onto nature or interior areas.