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Active furnishings

Most individuals spend the majority of their time indoors in a seated position. Prolonged sitting is associated with a number of adverse health conditions, including an increased risk of cancer, weight gain, and greater fatigue and back discomfort. In addition, sitting burns 50 fewer calories per hour than standing, and sitting for more than 3 hours per day is associated with a 2-year lower life expectancy. Unfortunately, regular exercise does not appear to negate the health consequences of long periods of sitting. Therefore, creating opportunities that mitigate prolonged sitting, while sustaining work productivity is essential to reduce sitting time during the workday.

Part 1: Active Workstations

Some combination of the following is required for 3% or more of employees (minimum one), and are available for any employee to reserve or use:

a. Treadmill desks.
b. Bicycle desks.
c. Portable desk pedal or stepper machine.
Part 2: Prevalent Standing Desks

At least 60% of workstations feature one of the following:

a. Adjustable height standing desk.
b. Standard desk with desk-top height adjustment stand.

Applicability Matrix

Core & Shell New & Existing Buildings New & Existing Interiors
Part 1: Active Workstations - O O
Part 2: Prevalent Standing Desks - O O

Verification Methods Matrix

Letters of Assurance Annotated Documents On-Site Checks
Part 1: Active Workstations Owner Spot Check
Part 2: Prevalent Standing Desks Owner Spot Check