Forest bathing. A walk in the park. Having your lunch under a tree rather than at your desk. All are good for you. As such, we’ve has added Open Space as a project goal for your building project. If your design includes green space that allows for recreational activities, Autocase will calculate the benefits to the building occupants and/or the broader community.
When you start a project you can now add Open Space as a project goal:
For an existing project, click on General Inputs and then Edit Project Goals to get to this page:
Activities include walking, picnicking, and various sports and other recreational activities.
Autocase then will calculate the recreation benefits associated with your open space design:
Investments made in open space can provide an opportunity for building occupants and community members to participate in recreation activities. The direct use values people put on recreational opportunities are derived from studies that have used the cost people actually pay to travel to these activities and surveys of users willingness to pay under hypothetical circumstances. Direct use values do not cover the value of living near an open space or simply knowing that the space exists. Autocase puts a dollar value on the occupant benefit (or cost if opportunities are lost) of recreation in an open space using the following approach:
Calculating the value of recreation provided by an open space really is easy; you could say it is a walk in the park.
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