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What are the Fitwel Standards?

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Fitwel provides tailored scorecards for building types including retail, multifamily residential and workplace to optimize the unique opportunities for every project. The Fitwel Standard has been expanded to include a community scorecard, which is currently in pilot phase.

Fitwel v2.1, June 3rd , 2019 launched the New Construction pathway, Retail Scorecard, and the Community Scorecard pilot as well as updated Workplace and Multifamily Residential Scorecards to reflect the latest science and research.

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Fitwel v2.1

New Construction Pathway

This pathway is applicable to projects that are currently in design or under construction and consists of 2 certifications – Design Certification (prior to occupancy) and Built Certification (post occupancy).


Existing Buildings Pathway

This pathway is applicable to all occupied projects, including existing or recently completed projects and consists of 1 certification - Built Certification.

*Projects registered on the Fitwel Portal before June 3rd, 2019 are part of the Existing Building pathway and will remain registered on the scorecard version they signed up with. Users who wish to move their project from v2 to v2.1 should contact info@fitwel.org.


Design Certification

The Design Certification is available to new construction and major renovation projects once the design of the project is solidified and prior to the project being occupied. The Design Certification is valid for 3 years from the date of certification after which time the completed project applies for a Built Certification

Built Certification

The Built Certification is available for existing or recently completed projects that are occupied and in use. The Built Certification is valid for 3 years form the time of certification.

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Project Types

All Fitwel Scorecards are available for application within the following New Construction and Existing Building pathways:

Retail

Impacts management staff, employees and visitors of multi-tenanted complexes and stand-alone properties.

Community

(Pilot)

Impacts occupants of a contiguous development that incorporates open space, more than one building, and multiple uses, including residential and at least one other type, such as retail, commercial, industrial, civic, or institutional. This scorecard is currently accepting pilot users.

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Workplace
Multi-Tenant Base Building

Impacts building owner/management staff within buildings or campuses whose floors and common areas are occupied by multiple tenants.


Multi-Tenant Whole Building

Impacts all occupants (building owner/management staff and tenants) within buildings or campuses whose floors and common areas are occupied by multiple tenants


Single-Tenant Building

Impacts all occupants of an entire building or campus whose floors and common areas are occupied by a single tenant.


Commercial Interior Space

Impacts occupants within contiguous spaces or groups of contiguous spaces within a building that are occupied or controlled by a single tenant.

Residential
Multifamily Residential

Impacts residents of an entire building or development that contains multiple dwelling units and is classified as multifamily residential.

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Fitwel Star Ratings

Fitwel Certification is awarded at the following levels:

90-104 Points
105-124 Points
125-144 Points

Fitwel Strategies

The Fitwel Scorecards include 55+ evidence-based design and operational strategies that enhance buildings by addressing a broad range of health behaviors and risks. Each strategy is associated with unique point allocations, based on the strength of associated evidence and the demonstrated impact on occupant health. This means that strategies with stronger, multi-faceted impacts receive more points.

Fitwel addresses health as an interconnected system, with no single dominant category or area of focus, and as such all strategies are voluntary, with no individual prerequisites.


Fitwel influences seven Health Impact Categories:

  • Increases Physical Activity - Strategies that increase physical activity incorporate opportunities for movement into everyday life whether through encouraging active transportation, promoting stair use, or expanding access to indoor and outdoor fitness areas and equipment.

  • Promotes Occupant Safety - Strategies that promote occupant safety decrease risk of crime and injury, protect bicyclists and pedestrians from vehicular traffic, and increase stair safety.

  • Reduces Morbidity and Absenteeism - Strategies that reduce morbidity and absenteeism promote decreased rates of chronic disease and mental health conditions, reductions in disease transmission,and fewer missed days of work.

  • Supports Social Equity for Vulnerable Populations - Strategies that support social equity for vulnerable populations ensure thata range of populations, including children, elderly, disabled, or socio-economically disadvantaged persons have increased access to health-promoting opportunities whether through universal accessibility, pricing incentives, targeted amenities, or pedestrian-focused environments.

  • Instills Feelings of Well-Being - Strategies that instill feelings of well-being promote inclusion, relaxation, and perceptions of safety, through rejuvenating and clean spaces, an enhanced connection to nature, and opportunities for social engagement.

  • Impacts Surrounding Community Health - Strategies that impact surrounding community health broaden the impact of the project past the health of on site occupants, reaching those who live, work, play, or learn in the neighboring areas

  • Enhances Access to Healthy Foods - Strategies that enhance access to healthy foods provide occupants with expanded availability to fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious food options by diversifying the outlets and sources of healthier food options, promoting healthier choices,and reducing cost of healthier options through pricing incentives.


Fitwel Strategies are categorized into the following 12 sections
  1. Location

    Buildings located in more walkable neighborhoods provide enhanced access to nearby amenities and public transit, contributing to increased physical activity, occupant safety, feelings of wellbeing, and diminished rates of morbidity and absenteeism

    Sample strategies include optimizing WalkScore® and transit access.

  2. Building Access

    Multi-modal access to buildings encourages active transportation, contributing to increased physical activity, occupant safety, surrounding community health, social equity, and feelings of well-being.

    Sample strategies include providing bicycle parking, pedestrian connectivity, and incentives for public transit use.

  3. Outdoor Spaces

    Onsite or nearby outdoor spaces and outdoor amenities provide exposure toquality, natural settings and local produce, contributing to increased physical activity, feelings of well-being, surrounding community health, social equity, access to healthy foods, and diminished rates of morbidity and absenteeism

    Sample strategies include establishing and implementing a tobacco- and smoke-free policy in outdoor spaces and providing outdoor amenities such as walking trails, a fruit and vegetable garden, and an outdoor fitness area

  4. Entrances & Ground Floor

    Ground floors optimized to promote improved air quality, walkability, and access to health-promoting amenities, contribute to increased physical activity, occupant safety, feelings of well-being, surrounding community health, and diminished rates of morbidity and absenteeism.

    Sample strategies include providing entryway systems to capture particulates and context appropriate lighting for pedestrian safety.

  5. Stairwells

    Stairs designed to maximize visibility, enhance design, and ensure safety encourage increased use, contributing to increased physical activity and occupant safety, and diminished rates of morbidity and absenteeism.

    Sample strategies include providing accessible, visible, and well-designed stairwells.

  6. Indoor Environment

    An indoor environment designed and maintained to limit prolonged exposure to harmful airborne substances and pollutants improves indoor air quality, contributing to enhanced feelings of well-being and social equity, and diminished rates of morbidity and absenteeism.

    Sample strategies include establishing and implementing a tobacco- and smoke-free building policy, providing an asbestos-free interior, and establishing and implementing an Indoor Air Quality policy.

  7. Workspaces

    Personal spaces optimized to maximize access to daylight, natural elements, and environmental control contributes to enhanced feelings of well-being and diminished rates of morbidity and absenteeism.

    Sample strategies include providing access to daylight, views of nature, and operable shading.

  8. Shared Spaces

    On-site shared spaces designed, maintained, and activated to provide occupants with enhanced access to quality areas where they can socialize, exercise, and decompress, contribute to increased physical activity, feelings of well-being, social equity, surrounding community health, and diminished rates of morbidity and absenteeism.

    Sample strategies include providing an exercise room, fitness center, or quite room, or establishing health programming or a stakeholder collaboration process.

  9. Water Supply

    Universally accessible potable water supplies improves regular hydration and can decrease consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, contributing to enhanced access to healthy foods, increased social equity, and diminished morbidity and absenteeism.

    Sample strategies include providing universally accessible water supplies throughout the building

  10. Cafeterias & Prepared Food Retail

    Prepared food areas that elevate and increase availability of nutritious options on-siteenhance access to nutritious options, contributing to enhanced feelings of well-being and diminished rates of morbidity and absenteeism.

    Sample strategies include establishing and implementing ahealthy food and beverage policy, choice architecture practices, and pricing incentives within prepared food areas.

  11. Vending Machines & Snack Bars

    Vending machines and snack bars that elevate and increase availability of nutritious options enhance access to healthy foods, contributing to enhanced feelings of well-being and diminished rates of morbidity and absenteeism.

    Sample strategies include establishing and implementing a healthy food and beverage policy, choice architecture practices, and pricing incentives at vending machines and snack bars.

  12. Emergency Procedures

    Emergency preparedness can improve coordination and timeliness of emergency response, contributing to increased occupant safety, social equity, and diminished rates of morbidity and absenteeism.

    Sample strategies include establishing and implementing a comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Plan, providing an appropriate number of Automated External Defibrillators, and providing an automated emergency address notification system.