The Fitwel System

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Building 106

Architect: Perkins + Will, Photo: Hedrich Blessing

Fitwel User Groups

The Fitwel Scorecard responds to three distinct user groups to directly target the priorities and opportunities that are unique to workplaces that vary by type and use. The Fitwel user groups include:

Single-Tenant Building: Applicable to buildings or campuses whose floors and common areas are occupied by a single tenant.

Multi-Tenant Building: Applicable to buildings or campuses whose floors and common areas are occupied by multiple tenants.

Commercial Interior Space: Applicable to spaces or sections of spaces within a larger building or floor.

Download the Fitwel Scorecard

How Certification Works

1 Register +
Benchmark Project
2 Complete Scorecard +
Receive Numerical Score
3 Upload Certification
Documents
4 Submit for Certification +
Receive Review Report and Applicable Fitwel Star Rating

The Fitwel certification process is user-friendly and cost-efficient. First, register and benchmark a building on the Fitwel Portal. Once a building is registered, users can complete the Fitwel Scorecard and garner an immediate numerical score for the project. When the project is ready to be certified, users are asked to upload certification documents, and submit for review. Two independent certifiers review each project, providing a Review Report to the project team. After the review is complete, a Fitwel Star Rating is designated for the project. Note that during beta phase, only Fitwel Champions and Ambassadors have access to the Fitwel Portal.

The Fitwel Portal

Fitwel uses a user-friendly, web-based interface to register, benchmark, and certify projects. Participating companies use the Fitwel Portal to assess their project, upload certification documents, and submit for certification.

Our Health Impact Categories

Each strategy within Fitwel is linked by scientific evidence to at least one of the seven Health Impact Categories:

IMPACTS COMMUNITY HEALTH
REDUCES MORBIDITY + ABSENTEEISM
SUPPORTS SOCIAL EQUITY FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
INSTILLS FEELINGS OF WELL-BEING
PROVIDES HEALTHY FOOD OPTIONS
PROMOTES OCCUPANT SAFETY
INCREASES PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

12 Sections of the Certification System

The Fitwel Strategies measures health within 12 overarching sections that impact the design and operations of a site and building interior.

1LOCATION

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.

2BUILDING ACCESS

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

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

3OUTDOOR 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.

4ENTRANCES AND 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.

5STAIRWELLS

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.

6INDOOR 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.

7WORKSPACES

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.

8SHARED 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.

9WATER SUPPLY

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

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

10CAFETERIAS AND 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.

11VENDING MACHINES AND 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.

12EMERGENCY 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.

Fitwel’s Weighted Point System

Each strategy within the Fitwel Certification System is associated with unique point allocations, based on the strength of the science and the demonstrated impact on occupant health. Strategies with stronger, multi-faceted impacts receive more points.

Fitwel Benchmarking and Certification

Projects receive a numerical score through the ‘benchmark’ feature. Benchmarking allocates a numerical score to a project, encouraging incremental changes to be made overtime and further distinguishing it among other workplaces.

Facilities that achieve a Fitwel numerical score of 90 or above are considered “Fitwel-certified” at one of three levels:

Fitwel 1 Star Rating

90-104 points

Building has achieved a basic level of health promotion by incorporating evidence-based design and policy strategies that support the physical, mental, and social health of its occupants.

Fitwel 2 Star Rating

105-124 points

Building has achieved an intermediate level of health promotion by incorporating evidence-based design and policy strategies that support the physical, mental, and social health of its occupants.

Fitwel 3 Star Rating

125-144 points

The highest level achievable. Building incorporates an exemplary number of evidence-based design and policy strategies that support the physical, mental, and social health of its occupants.