Physical activity spaces
68. Physical activity spaces
In the U.S., the presence of both indoor and outdoor physical activity facilities within a census-block group is associated with an increased likelihood of performing five or more bouts of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity per week, and is linked to a lower risk of being overweight. In addition, buildings that contain an interior fitness space incentivize occupants to engage in regular exercise routines and allow a variety of exercise activities, including low-impact exercises like yoga or Pilates, or more intense activities such as aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise.
This feature requires proper space allocation or institutional arrangements to support exercise and promote fitness.
Spaces with more than 10 regular occupants provide the following:
At least one of the following is accessible within 0.8 km [0.5 mi] walking distance of the building:
One of the following requirements are met:
|Core & Shell||New & Existing Buildings||New & Existing Interiors|
|Part 1: Site Space Designation for Offices||O||O||O|
|Part 2: External Exercise Spaces||O||O||O|
|Part 3: Physical Activity Spaces for Schools||-||-||-|
|Part 9: (PENDING) Residential Site Space Designation||-||-||-|
|Commercial Kitchen||Education||Multifamily Residential||Restaurant||Retail|
|Part 1: Site Space Designation for Offices||-||O||-||-||-|
|Part 2: External Exercise Spaces||-||-||O||O||O|
|Part 3: Physical Activity Spaces for Schools||-||O||-||-||-|
|Part 9: (PENDING) Residential Site Space Designation||-||-||O||-||-|
Verification Methods Matrix
|Letters of Assurance||Annotated Documents||On-Site Checks|
|Part 1: Site Space Designation for Offices||Architectural Drawing|
|Part 2: External Exercise Spaces||Architect||Annotated Map|
|Part 3: Physical Activity Spaces for Schools||Architect||Architectural Drawing|
|Part 9: (PENDING) Residential Site Space Designation||Visual Inspection|
USGBC's LEED v4 SS credit: Joint Use of Facilities, for Schools, Option 3 requires collaboration between school authorities and organizations/agencies to provide access to various types of spaces, including gyms, playing fields and swimming pools.
The NYC Active Design Guidelines recommend providing physical activity spaces such as exercise rooms, active play spaces, and multi-purpose recreational spaces in public, workplace and residential buildings.
NYC Active Design Guidelines recommend locating places of residence and work near existing recreational facilities, walking paths, parks, and waterfront areas.
LEED v4 Joint Use of Facilities provides 3 options, one of which involves sharing facilities with other organizations to provide direct pedestrian access to two out of six possible spaces, including gymnasiums, playing fields, and pools.