The Cost-Effective, High-Impact Building Certification

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Fitwel Champions

Champions are companies who commit to applying Fitwel to the entirety or a portion of their portfolio. Champions are industry leaders, committed to advancing the building industry to support and promote health.

Become a Champion

Fitwel Ambassadors

Ambassadors are individuals who are leaders and active participants in Fitwel’s healthy building movement. After taking the online-training, Ambassadors become well-versed on the connection between design and health and have a clear understanding on how to integrate Fitwel’s strategies within buildings.

Become an Ambassador

The Fitwel Certification System

Fitwel is implementing a vision for a healthier future where all buildings and communities are enhanced to strengthen health and wellbeing. Fitwel was created as a joint initiative led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) together with the General Services Administration (GSA). The Center for Active Design (CfAD), an international non-profit, is the independent operator and third-party certifier of Fitwel. CfAD was awarded the exclusive operating license in 2016 with the mandate to expand Fitwel globally to the private sector. The GSA and the CDC remain CfAD partners to incorporate future research findings as the science evolves and Fitwel expands into all sectors.

Why Use Fitwel?

Building owners willing to pay more for healthy buildings

Market Trends

49% of building owners are willing to pay more for buildings demonstrated to have a positive impact on health.

There is significant and growing interest in real estate that responds to health factors. Companies that use Fitwel respond to the growing market demand for healthier workplaces. With an increased public awareness on the health impacts of buildings, the industry is experiencing an increased demand for healthier workplaces.


Million commercial buildings


Million employees

Scale of Impact

There are currently more than 5.6 million commercial buildings in the US, with 120 million employees who spend an average of 8.1 hours at work each day.

By applying incremental changes over time, these buildings can be optimized to promote occupant health. Fitwel has a vision of impacting individual health within all buildings, regardless of budget, size, year built, or location.


Research Studies Reviewed


Years of Consultation with Experts

An Evidence–Based Approach

Research by the CDC has shown that health promotion through programs, policies and environmental changes can improve employee health and productivity, with potential savings in healthcare costs.

The Fitwel Strategies was developed by experts in public health, facility management and design. Each criterion is linked by scientific evidence to (at least) one of seven health impact categories. Fitwel strategies are supported by over 3,000 research studies reviewed by the CDC and was piloted nationwide in 2015 by the GSA prior to its beta launch in 2017.


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Understand how their buildings support health

User-Friendly Portal

97% of pilot study participants reported that Fitwel's web-based tool is easy to use and 84% reported that they better understand how their buildings support healthy behaviors.

Fitwel was tested by facility managers across the country on 89 existing buildings to ensure the system is practical and widely applicable. Fitwel is cost-effective, with no pre-requisites and a user-friendly web-based interface. The Fitwel Portal is a web-based interface that includes all information necessary for completing the certification including comprehensive information on rationale, impact and the evidence.

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