This pilot credit is based off the existing LEED interpretationLEED Interpretations are official answers to technical inquiries about implementing LEED on a project. They help people understand how their projects can meet LEED requirements and provide clarity on existing options. LEED Interpretations are to be used by any project certifying under an applicable rating system. All project teams are required to adhere to all LEED Interpretations posted before their registration date. This also applies to other addenda. Adherence to rulings posted after a project registers is optional, but strongly encouraged. LEED Interpretations are published in a searchable database at usgbc.org. for Commercial Interiors. It is designed to explain the importance of ergonomics for worker health and productivity.
Excerpted from LEED 2009 for Commercial Interiors
To improve occupant well-being (human health, sustainability and performance) through integration of ergonomics principles, specifically in the design of work spaces for all computer users*.
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Revised pilot credit name and refined scope to primarily address computer users
Added requirement to consider ergonomics early in the design process, and engage an ergonomist or health and safety specialist.
Updated ergonomics standards and guidelines
Education program must address ongoing operations in addition to upon move-in.
Ergonomics strategy must include ergonomics process that will be used for maintaining occupant well-being
Updated credit-specific submittals
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This may be an obvious answer, but it seems a little vague to me. The credit contains the following language:
During the conceptual or schematic design phases:
1. Engage an Ergonomist or Health and Safety Specialist to assist in the development of the ergonomics strategy
2. Make a commitment to integrate ergonomics principles into the overall design
If your project is using a separate FF&E design process from the architectural process (say a separate RFP from the rest of the project), does the phrase "conceptual or schematic design phases" refer to the conceptual phase of the FF&E design process or is this referring to the architectural design process of the building as a whole. Also, does the term "overall design" in item 2 above refer to the architectural design process or the FF&E design process?
If the credit is referring to integrating ergonomics into the overall ARCHITECTURAL design of the building, are there standards or references/guidelines for how to do this?
The credit requirements state that the team should "Engage an Ergonomist or Health and Safety Specialist". What is a Health and Safety Specialist? Is this someone with Ergonomics training? Do they have to have some kind of documented certification or experience? Are the requirements for this person described somewhere?
Good question, there are definitions for the Ergonomist and Health and Safety specialists in the USGBC credit library, under the resources tab for the pilot credit. here is a direct link: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/ergonomics-definitions
It's becoming more common for there to be certified ergonomists employed by furniture manufacturers. In the case of our recent office tenant improvement, we were able to provide a certified ergonomist to work with Human Resources and provide training to employees at no additional cost.
Check with the manufacturer of your specified furniture first.
Is there a website to view the ergonomic standards for workstations (BIFMA G1-2013, ANSI/HFES 100-2007, CSA Z412-00, ISO 9241-5:1998) without paying a fee?
Have your clients begun asking for this to become their new standard? I haven't seen this yet but we are starting to use them more and more. frequently.
For Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Sit/Stand (electric) configuration is becoming the standard for typical office furniture, whether in private offices or in open-space modular layouts. It now takes special approval to NOT have a Sit/Stand desk. Also, our standard is a dual-surface computer desk.
After applying PC44 on a recent project and seeing the subsequent 2016 updates to the pilot credit language, I wanted to share some feedback.
Working with the previous "Ergonomics Strategy" requirements for a 2009 Commercial Interiors project, I was very pleased to have general design elements of the interior environment evaluated as part of the ergonomics strategy. Since many current employees (even computer users) are not fixed in their seats throughout the day, I appreciate that ergonomics factors beyond the traditional workstation were factored in to this credit pursuit. I am concerned that much of that prior language has now been removed in the current "Ergonomics Approach for Computer Users."
Under the previous version, I was surprised by the lack of clarity on the content or intent of the required sample follow up survey. Others have commented on the previously as well, and it is great to see context for this requirement now added into the recent revision.
Looking at the new focus on computer users, I can think of many project types or space functions, such as conference centers, sports venues and university buildings, that may not receive the full benefit of the strategy if they choose to focus only on the computer users within the project space or building. I would actually prefer to see this requirement expanded again, particularly for project types where computer users are not the primary use group within the project space.
My project is located in Colombia and I had some trouble finding information about the possibility of using Standards from outside the US in the documentation of the Pilot Credit 44: Ergonomics Strategy. The Colombian National authority in charge of the certification and regulation of technical standards produced two documents regarding ergonomics that are linked in many ways to the ones referenced in the credit requirements. However it was necessary to communicate via e-mail with a GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). representative in order to recieve guidance regarding this topic. Is there any information available in the credit library or any different resources that may help future applicants to this credit outside of the US?
Great question! The pilot credit does give the project team the flexibility to select ergonomic standards that are most applicable for the project, even if they aren't included in the credit language. The standards referenced in the credit language are not an exhaustive list but a good start for most projects. If there are other relevant standards or resources for international projects we can certainly include them in the credit language or the resources section for this credit. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!
I have a silly question. For the evidence of participating in LEEDuser Pilot Credit Forum, what document could show this action? Do I have to post comment here and provide the screen capture to demonstrate the participation? Or just vote for the comment which I agree? Your kind reply is really appreciate.
You will be asked about your LEEDuser participation in the pilot credit survey. You do not need to provide any LEEDuser related documentation beyond that.
Has anyone else experienced that the pilot credit requirement language is vague in spots? Namely, the fact that 2 education sessions are required, and a follow-up survey, is not covered or elaborated on except that they are listed as required submittals.
Are there standardized satisfaction surveys for ergonomics workstations in a store ?
We would like to evaluate METWAs, furnishings, and accessories to ensure they continue to meet the diversity of occupant needs and contribute to on-going risk reduction for work-related musculoskeletal disorders as requested in the pilot credit.
Thanks for your reply.
Does anyone have any tips for getting the building occupants excited about participating in the ergonomic credit and learning about their new ergonomic features in their building?
Not sure if you found any ideas, but we had success by organizing a lunch and learn about our new ergonomic chairs. The chair representative demonstrated the product's ergonomic features, and told our employees about the benefits of working at an ergonomic workstation. By offering a community-oriented demonstration, employees felt more inclined to chime in with their questions than scheduling a one-on-one with an ergonomic specialist. Hope this helps - good luck!
I recently had a reviewer request a compliance calculation confirming that at least 75% of the tenant occupants have an ergonomic workstation. I do not see this listed anywhere as a requirement. I have a copy of the Pilot credit for Ergonomics and I also found the Ergonomic Strategy currently listed on USGBC website, neither references this requirement. My understanding is that after going through an ergonomic study and based on need, an employee would be furnished ergonomic workstation/METWA's to improve the employees work space. Do you know of any newer list of requirements for this Innovation credit?
Did you see the language specific to Existing Building projects?
From the credit library on usgbc.org, if you select LEED for Existing Buildings and LEED 2009, and search on ergonomics you will see the pilot credit language. Direct link is: http://www.usgbc.org/node/2606917?return=/credits/existing-buildings/v2009
The language doesn't exactly say 75% of tenants occupants must have ergonomic workstation, but the ergonomic policy must cover at least 75% of the workers.
Yes, that is the language I have been using and I haven't been asked to provide ergonomic workstations for 75% of building occupants before. I also haven't read that language to imply that is was required. Luckily this project has adjustable height desks, therefore I believe this would comply, but I am not certain. If this means sit/stand desks, we wouldn't comply.
In reference to "developing a comprehensive ergonomics strategy" - the Credit Language states that:
"Project teams must consult current ergonomics standards and guidelines relevant to the tasks that will be performed in the building. For computer workstations, these include BIFMA G1-2002 (to be superseded by BIFMA G1-2007 when balloted), AN-SI/HFES 100-2007, and CSA Z412-00 (R2005). For non-computer workstations these include Z1004-09, OSHA 3192-05N(2004) and OSHA 3182 (revised 2009)"
Does this mean that all task furniture to be used in the project must meet all the recommendations and requirements of all of these standards?
The task furniture does not need to meet the recommendations and requirements of all of the standards. Rather, the standards and guidelines should be reviewed for applicability, incorporated into the design as appropriate, and used to demonstrate that key interrelated ergonomic principles were incorporated into the interior design to facilitate occupant well-being (health, performance, and satisfaction).
The mentioned standards could be a good reference when the project has all the related equipment. Owing to the fact that the actual project conditions vary from working type, region, company culture, etc, the tailored ergonomics standard should be developed beyond the mentioned one. In addition, some companies pay special attention to the employees working health and have cumulative wisdom from years of experience, and come up with best practice of ergonomics, and could be more strict and applicable than the mentioned standards in some areas.
The Pilot credit is allowing more practices to be come up and make the requirements more human-centered and applicable.
When I was researching this credit, I used CIRCredit Interpretation Ruling. Used by design team members experiencing difficulties in the application of a LEED prerequisite or credit to a project. Typically, difficulties arise when specific issues are not directly addressed by LEED information/guide 2283. Under requirements, it states that the "strategy must include the five components listed below". I only see 4, unless there was a typo in the CIR itself. Can someone help me find out the 5th requirement (is there even one)?
Krystie, it looks to me like a typo. I can only see items labeled from 1 to 4 in Interpretation 2283. There are some sub-components labeled a to e, but that seems different.
It is a typo, there are only four requirements. The LEED interpretationLEED Interpretations are official answers to technical inquiries about implementing LEED on a project. They help people understand how their projects can meet LEED requirements and provide clarity on existing options. LEED Interpretations are to be used by any project certifying under an applicable rating system. All project teams are required to adhere to all LEED Interpretations posted before their registration date. This also applies to other addenda. Adherence to rulings posted after a project registers is optional, but strongly encouraged. LEED Interpretations are published in a searchable database at usgbc.org. has been updated. Thanks!
I just wanted to check in with all you bright folks about strategies that are on the up and up. Our project was inclusive of adjustable task seating, full articulating equipment and adjustable task lighting....but what else have you gotten positive feedback for that is not part of our quintessential designer's checklist just yet?
You may also want to have some small ergo equipment in stock for your employees' usage, like, Ergo Laptop Stand, Mouse Pad with Wrist Support. In addition, the regular ergo training and feedback survey from employees are necessary.
Where can I get a copy of the feedback survey? The link above is broken. Thanks in advance.
Melissa, the link is working fine for me. Try again, or let me know what happens when you click on it?
Ah. The problem was that I was linking through Firefox. It worked fine from Internet Explorer.
How have people been documenting the two education sessions? Are we to document the material that will be used in future education sessions? Because this is a new construction project the building will not be occupied and therefore the education sessions will not occur until after we submit the credits.
You are correct. The educational programs shall occur during occupancy, so it is an "on your honor" requirement to implement them after LEED certification is complete. Similar to the thermal comfort survey. We had this pilot credit awarded recently. We provided a detailed narrative describing how the educational programs will be implemented. Also, we noted anticipated dates of implementation. Here are a few examples. (1) A welcome packet shall be emailed to each employee upon arrival to the new space with video tutorials on how to adjust their tools; (2) HR provides monthly educational sessions with employees and one of the sessions shall be focused on ergonomics; (3) Trained ergonomist shall lead classroom-style ergonomics training followed by individualized workstation fittings.
This is really helpful, I had the same question. Another question I have is does the furniture have to meet all three standards listed, BIFMA, ANSI & CFA?
Has the USGBC/GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). developed LEED Online forms for these pilot credits? I didn't find any in the Pilot Credit Resources page on USGBC's website.
Hi Melissa -
Pilot credits are submitted through the IDc1 form in LEED Online, so they don't have their own form. Instead, the items listed above (under General and Credit Specific) should be uploaded under IDc1 and will be reviewed as part of the standard project review. On the Resources page (http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2515) you will find a link to registration and the survey though.
Thanks, Batya. I've documented many ID credits with the current form, but was hoping another template had been created to upload as support documentation. I registered for the Pilot credit a while back and will be sure to include that comment in the survey.
Hopefully in the future we can standardize the pilot documentation more, but because pilot credits are so dynamic, it makes it difficult to develop forms for each one and keep up with the changes to the credits. That's why the documentation is more open ended. With standard LEED credits that type of form development takes many months of designing, building and testing.
Most of the documentation time was spent on creating tool and survey templates. A recommendation for the USGBC is to provide templates and forms under Credit Resources for future project teams.
During design development phase, ask the manufacturers of Workstations and Task Chairs to show how their products compare to the ergonomic standards. Our team found that BIFMA G1-2002 and ANSI 100-2007 standards were more commonly found in task chair product literature and brochures vs. workstations product literature. Other reference standards were not identified at all in any product brochures
Select best products using the products comparison to the ergonomic standards. And then use it as an LEED Documentation exhibit.
In response to Kristin's post, it can be very time consuming to develop the survey, but there are some established tools out there. Definitely check out the website for Cornell University's Human Factors and Ergonomics Research Group (CHFERG), directed by Professor Alan Hedge.
Are project teams expected to create completely new user feedback surveys - or is it allowable to use existing surveys - like those provided by Cornell University - so long as they are applicable to the project's specific user groups and activities?
I received a second review comment “Documentation demonstrating that on-site measurements or product data for finishes to demonstrate an average wall-surface-to-work surface illuminance ratio does not exceed 3:1 has not been provided.” In the Pilot Credit #44 credit requirements, I never saw a request for this information to be provided as part of the pilot credit requirements and I am unclear how to provide this. Any recommendations?
I received a comment back from our LEED preliminary design review that the 'reviewer' is unclear if the project team representative (me) has registered with LEEDuser, since a completed survey has not been provided.” Yet I had provided them two emails one of which was the “LEED Pilot Credit Confirmation” email as well as the email “Pilot Credit Survey Confirmation” email both of which I received from you – firstname.lastname@example.org along with my documentation. Both of these emails were provided as documentation showing my participation in the LEEDuser and the Pilot Credit program. I never got an actual copy of the survey I completed. Is that what they are asking for? I don’t know how to obtain that. Please advise.
Cindy, sorry for the confusion with this. Your documentation was correct and hopefully future projects will not run into the same issue.
Any chance you might have any advice or guidance for the other review comment above regarding the Ergonomics Strategy? Seems like the Reviewer's comment/request is much more related to the Pilot Credit #22 - Indoor Quality Lighting. I do understand the relevance due to glare, but providing an illuminance ratio was never mentioned in the credit requirements.
Hi Cindy, this has also been corrected, you're in the first few projects to document this pilot credit and the review language was inaccurate, but hopefully you'll find these issues are corrected now. Thanks for your patience!
Can you clarify where these actual corrections to the reviewer's comments are being posted or made? I'm not seeing it posted to my LEED Online project site.
I have the same problem and will try to clarify it for the final review.
Seeking your Input:
Does your organization have a policy pertaining to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)? This study may be for you, we are examining how ergonomics is connected to the LEED certification process.
Study Purpose: A doctoral student from Boston University is examining the link between ergonomics and LEED certification in both Canada and the United States.
The study is exploratory in nature, using survey and interview methods. The primary focus will be to determine why project managers did not apply for the innovation in design credit for an office ergonomics strategy in past LEED accredited projects. The goal is to better understand why individuals are not applying for the credit so that an education and training program can be designed to increase participation in the future.
Click on the following link to gain more information pertaining to the study:
If you have any questions please contact:
Linda Miller, OT MEDes, OTD (Candidate Boston University)
Technical Director, LEED
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