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EQc4.1 - Documenting productivity impacts - absenteeism and health care cost impacts
LEED O+M: Existing Buildings
Our building is a multi tenant building. The building owner and applicant occupies over half of the building. While the owner is willing to share data on absenteeism and healthcare costs for IEQc4.1,...
Our building is a multi tenant building. The building owner and applicant occupies over half of the building. While the owner is willing to share data on absenteeism and healthcare costs for IEQc4.1, this information will be difficult to obtain from the remaining tenants due to its confidential nature. The intent of the credit is to promote the green building movement by documenting the health benefits associated with green building design and operation. We consider the applicant's information gathered could stand alone as documentation of the health benefits gained by a tenant in a LEED-EB 2.0 certified building, and therefore would meet the intent of the credit. Is it possible to earn the credit by providing only the information under the applicant's control? Alternatively, if you consider that the information is required for all of the tenants, is it possible to assume that the remainder of the tenants have health care costs and absenteeism equal to the annual averages for firms of similar size in the geographical area? Health care costs and absenteeism could then be calculated for the building as a whole. We consider this approach to be similar to the spirit of the Credit Interpretation Ruling for LEED-EB 2.0 MRc2 dated 7/16/2007. However this approach would not appear to result in real and accurate data that could be used to promote the health benefits associated with green building design.
What you have proposed would not be acceptable for the purposes of EBv2.0 EQc4.1. For EQc4.1, the applicant may only exempt up to 10% of the building's gross floor area from the absenteeism and healthcare cost data gathering requirements because it is occupied by tenants who would not share this data. The applicant must provide a narrative listing the management, occupancy, and floor area of all exempted spaces and a summary of attempts made to acquire the data from those tenants. Although there is a confidential nature to absenteeism and healthcare cost data, EBv2.0 EQc4.1 only requires higher level absenteeism and healthcare information. Applicants are not required to submit documentation that could be tied to individual building occupants. Healthcare cost data must include claim costs that reflect building occupants only and must not include non-occupant family member cost data.
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