WELL: Week 3

For the past two weeks I have been studying for the WELL exam, specifically the Features that encompass the Water Concept. It was a dry category; thank sweet baby Jesus that there were only eight Features to study.

To balance the dullness of Water, I moved on to studying Fitness two Fridays ago. Also eight Features worth, but much more exciting!



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The Features within Fitness are the following:

64. Interior Fitness Circulation

  • Part 1: Stair Accessibility // The following must be met:
    • Stairs at accessible to regular building occupants during all regular business hours
    • Wayfinding signage and point-of decision prompts are present to encourage stair use (at least one sign per elevator band)
  • Part 2: Stair Promotion // In projects with two to four floors, at least one staircase meets the following requirements:
    • Located within 7.5 meters (25 feet) of the entrance to the building or the edge of the lobby
    • Clearly visible from the main entrance to the project, or located visually before any elevators present upon entering from the main entrance
    • Stair widths of 1.4 meters (56 inches) between handrails
  • Part 3: Facilitative Aesthetics // Both stairs and paths of frequent travel display elements of aesthetic appeal by incorporating at least two of the following:
    • artwork, including decorative painting
    • music
    • daylighting, using windows or skylights of at least one square meter (10.8 square feet) in size
    • view windows to the outdoors or building interior
    • light levels of at least 215 lux (920 fc) when the stairs are in use

65. Activity Incentive Programs

  • Part 1: Activity Incentive Programs // A plan with at least two of the following is developed and implemented
    • tax-exempt payroll deductions relating to bicycle commuting and mass transit (such as Transportation Fringe Benefits in Section 132(f) of the US Internal Revenue Code) or a direct subsidy for an equivalent amount
    • $200 or greater reimbursement or incentive payments in every six month period that an employee meets a 50-visit minimum to the gym or professional program
    • A subsidy of at least $240 per year is available to each interested employee to cover the costs of participation in races, group fitness activities, and sports teams
    • A subsidy of at least $240 per year is available to employees to cover the costs of fitness or training programs offered in professional gyms or studios
    • A subsidy of at least $50 per year is available to employees to cover the costs of a bicycle share membership
    • A fitness program in which it is demonstrated that at least 30% of regular building occupants utilize free access to gyms or fitness classes

66. Structured Fitness Opportunities

  • Part 1: Professional Fitness Programs
    • Onsite fitness or training programs are available at least once per month
  • Part 2: Fitness Education
    • Classes from a qualified professional are offered at least once every three months to cover the following:
      • different modes or exercise
      • safe fitness techniques
      • comprehensive exercise regimens

67. Exterior Active Design

  • Part 1: Pedestrian Amenities // Sites in which the building takes up less than 75% of the total lot size provide at least one of the following within highly trafficked areas, such as building entrances, public transportation stops, and walking paths:
    • a bench
    • a cluster of movable chairs and tables
    • a drinking fountain or water refilling station
  • Part 2: Pedestrian Promotion // Sites in which the building takes up less than 75% of the total lot size provide at least one of the following outdoors:
    • a bench
    • a plaza
    • a garden
    • public art
  • Part 3: Neighborhood Connectivity // At least one of the following requirements is met:
    • Walk Score of 70 or greater
    • Project is eligible for at least three points in the LEED BD+C New Construction “Surrounding density and diverse uses” credit

68. Physical Activity Spaces

  • Part 1: Site Space Designation For Offices // Spaces with more than ten regular occupants to provide the following:
    • Dedicated exercise space that is at least 18.6 square meters (200 square feet) plus 0.1 square meters (one square foot) per regular building occupant, up to a maximum or 370 square meters (4,000 square feet)
  • Part 2: External Exercise Spaces // At least one of the following is accessible within 0.8 kilometers (0.5 miles) walking distance of the building:
    • parks with playgrounds, workout stations, trails, or an accessible body of water
    • complimentary access to gyms, playing fields, or swimming pools

69. Active Transportation Support

  • Part 1: Bicycle Storage and Support // The following is provided onsite or within 200 m (650 feet) of the building’s main entrance:
    • Basic bicycle maintenance tools, including tire pumps, patch kits, and hex keys available for use
    • Separate and secure bicycle storage for at least 5% of regular building occupants, as well as short-term bicycle storage for at least 2.5% of all peak visitors
  • Part 2: Post Commute and Workout Facilities // The following is provided onsite or within 200 m (650 feet) of the building’s main entrance:
    • One shower with changing facility for the first 100 regular building occupants and one additional shower for every 150 regular building occupants thereafter
    • One locker for every five regular building occupants, or evidence that the lockers provided exceed demand by at least 20%

70. Fitness Equipment

  • Part 1: Cardio Respiratory Exercise Equipment // A combination of the following is provided in the interior fitness space free of charge, in a quantity that would allow use by at least one percent of regular building occupants and accompanied by instructions for safe use:
    • treadmills
    • elliptical machines
    • rowing machines
    • stationary exercise bicycle
  • Part 2: Muscle-strengthening Exercise Equipment // A combination of the following is provided in the interior fitness space free of charge, in a quantity that would allow use by at least one percent of regular building occupants and accompanied by instructions for safe use:
    • multistation equipment
    • bench press with a self-spotting rack
    • full squat-rack
    • pull-up bar

71. Active Furnishings

  1. Part 1: Active Workstations // Some combination of the following is required for 3% or more of the employees (minimum one) and are available for any employee to reserve or use:
    • treadmill desks
    • bicycle desks
    • portable desk pedal or stepper machine
  2. Part 2: Prevalent Standing Desks // At least 60% of workstations feature one of the following:
    • Adjustable height standing desk
    • Standard desk with desk-top height adjustment stand

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