Provide access to at least one stair that connects building floors
Rationale: Ensuring that stairs in a building are accessible and connected to other occupied floors encourages occupants to choose stair climbing over taking elevators and escalators when able, increasing physical activity and decreasing the risk of chronic conditions associated with sedentary lifestyles such as obesity and cardiovascular disease.
Requirement Guidance: For buildings with multiple entrances, identify a main building entrance that is used to access a common area within the building such as a lobby, reception area, or main circulation pathway.
Demonstrate compliance with one of the options below:
Option 1 - Connect to Main Building Entrance Floor (Full Credit):
Demonstrate compliance with all the following requirements:
- Provide a stairway that connects the main building entrance floor to all floors accessible to all full- and part-time employees and staff, including floors with common spaces accessible to full- and part-time employees and staff.
A combination of egress and/or unenclosed stairs may be used to comply with this credit, and key cards or other security devices may be employed.
- Ensure that the identified stairs are accessible to all full- and part-time employees and staff.
Option 2 - Connect Relevant Floors (Partial Credit):
The project may achieve partial credit by demonstrating compliance with the following requirements:
- Provide a stairway that connects all of the following:
- all floors with building occupants
- floors with common spaces accessible to building occupants.
- Ensure that the identified stairs are accessible to all building occupants.
- Ensure that the identified stairs connect all floors occupied by a single tenant.
Types of compliance documentation required:
- Annotated plans and sections