The Fitwel System

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Building 106

Architect: Perkins + Will, Photo: Hedrich Blessing

How It Works

1 Register + Input
Building Information
2 Complete Scorecard +
Receive Immediate Score
3 Upload Verification
Document
4 Submit for Certification +
Receive Fitwel Rating

The Fitwel certification process is simple. First register a building on Fitwel’s Digital Scorecard. Once a building is registered, users can complete the scorecard and garner an immediate benchmark for the building. When the building is ready to be certified, users are asked to upload verification documents and submit for review. After a review is completed, a Fitwel rating is designated for the building. Note that only Fitwel Champions and Ambassadors have early access to Fitwel’s Digital Scorecard, prior to the full public launch.

The Digital Scorecard

Fitwel uses a user-friendly, web-based scorecard to score and certify buildings. Participating companies use the web-based tool to assess their building, upload verification documents, and submit for certification.

Our Health Impact Categories

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

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

12 Sections of the Certification

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

1LOCATION

Locate in neighborhoods that are more pedestrian and bike friendly to foster improved health outcomes.

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.

5INDOOR ENVIRONMENT

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

Sample strategies include pricing incentives for healthy snacks.

6VENDING 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.

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.

10STAIRWELLS

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

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

11CAFETERIAS 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.

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.

The Fitwel Rating

Each strategy within Fitwel has a unique point value, based on the strength of evidence and its associated impact on one, or more, of the Health Impact Categories. Those strategies with stronger, multi-faceted impacts receive more points.

All registered buildings will receive an automatic Fitwel score within the digital tool as a means to benchmark the building overtime. A Fitwel rating of 1, 2, or 3-stars may be obtained once the building is submitted for certification.

Fitwel 1-Star Rating

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

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

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.