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What are the Fitwel Standards?

Fitwel Champion: Alexandria Real Estate Equities 499 Illinois St., San Francisco, CA. Courtesy of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

Fitwel provides tailored strategies for multifamily residential and workplace properties to optimize unique opportunities for each project. Stay tuned as we expand our portfolio to include other project types in the future.

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Project Types

Fitwel Scorecards are available for the following project types:

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:

  • Impacts Community Health

  • Reduces Morbidity + Absenteeism

  • Supports Social Equity for Vulnerable Populations

  • Instills Feelings Of Wellbeing

  • Provides Healthy Food Options

  • Promotes Occupant Safety

  • Increases Physical Activity


Fitwel Strategies are categorized into the following 12 sections

Workplace Residential
  1. Location

    Workplaces located in more walkable neighborhoods with nearby amenities and public transit access support greater opportunities for physical activity, social equity and foster positive impacts on community health.

    Sample strategies include optimizing WalkScore and transit access.

  2. Building Access

    Supporting multi-modal access to buildings, increases opportunities for engaging in regular physical activity.

    Sample strategies include supports for carpools, bikes, and pedestrians.

  3. Outdoor Spaces

    Providing onsite or nearby outdoor spaces assists in supporting mental and physical health.

    Sample strategies include provisions and policies for outdoor amenities, such as walking trails and smoke free spaces.

  4. Entrances & Ground Floor

    Ground floors can be optimized to promote improved air quality and access to health-promoting amenities.

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

  5. Stairwells

    Stairwells present a convenient way for building occupants to add physical activity to their day.

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

  6. Indoor Environment

    Limiting prolonged exposure to harmful airborne substances and pollutants in indoor environments can improve air quality and reduce risk factors associated with chronic disease, comorbidities and absenteeism for occupants.

    Sample strategies include smoke-free building policies and providing an asbestos-free interior.

  7. Workspaces

    Health supportive workspaces can assist in reducing absenteeism, while also instilling feelings of well-being.

    Sample strategies include daylight, views, and operable shading at workspaces.

  8. Shared Spaces

    Onsite shared spaces can promote health outside of the individual workspace, by providing areas for physical activity and mental rejuvenation.

    Sample strategies include provisions for a lactation and exercise room.

  9. Water Supply

    Providing access to fresh water reduces consumption of less healthy alternatives.

    Sample strategies include providing an ADA compliant water supply on every floor.

  10. Cafeterias & Prepared Food Retail

    Food retail can have a positive impact by elevating healthy food and beverage options onsite.

    Sample strategies include establishing standards for healthy food and beverages.

  11. Vending Machines & Snack Bars

    Providing healthier food and beverage options can reverse the negative health impacts of traditional vending machines.

    Sample strategies include pricing incentives for healthy snacks.

  12. Emergency Procedures

    Emergency preparedness can improve coordination and timeliness of emergency response, increasing safety during emergency situations.

    Sample strategies include provisions for an Automated External Defibrillator and associated testing schedule.

  1. Location

    Residences located in more walkable neighborhoods with nearby amenities and public transit access support greater opportunities for physical activity, social equity and foster positive impacts on community health.

    Sample strategies include optimizing WalkScore and transit access.

  2. Building Access

    Supporting multi-modal access to buildings, increases opportunities for engaging in regular physical activity.

    Sample strategies include supports for public transit, cyclists, and pedestrians.

  3. Outdoor Spaces

    Providing onsite or nearby outdoor spaces assists in supporting mental and physical health.

    Sample strategies include provisions and policies for outdoor amenities, such as walking trails and playgrounds for children.

  4. Entrances & Ground Floor

    Ground floors can be optimized to promote improved air quality and access to health-promoting amenities.

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

  5. Stairwells

    Stairwells present a convenient way for building occupants to add physical activity to their day.

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

  6. Indoor Environment

    Limiting prolonged exposure to harmful airborne substances and pollutants in indoor environments can improve air quality and reduce risk factors associated with chronic disease, comorbidities and absenteeism for occupants.

    Sample strategies include smoke-free building policies and providing a lead-safe interior.

  7. Dwelling Units

    Health supportive living spaces can assist in reducing morbidity and increasing comfort, while also instilling feelings of well-being.

    Sample strategies include daylight, views, and operable shading at workspaces.

  8. Shared Spaces

    Onsite shared spaces can promote health outside of the individual workspace, by providing areas for physical activity and mental rejuvenation.

    Sample strategies include provisions for kitchen facilities and an exercise room.

  9. Water Supply

    Providing access to fresh water reduces consumption of less healthy alternatives.

    Sample strategies include providing an ADA compliant water supply on every floor.

  10. Restaurants & Groceries

    Increasing access to full-service groceries and healthier restaurants can help elevate food choices on-site.

    Sample strategies include establishing standards for healthy food and beverages that must be met by all on-site sit down restaurants.

  11. Vending Machines & Snack Bars

    Providing healthier food and beverage options can reverse the negative health impacts of traditional vending machines.

    Sample strategies include pricing incentives for healthy snacks.

  12. Emergency Procedures

    Emergency preparedness can improve coordination and timeliness of emergency response, increasing safety during emergency situations.

    Sample strategies include provisions for an Automated External Defibrillator and associated testing schedule.