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
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.
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.
Each strategy within Fitwel is linked by scientific evidence to at least one of the seven Health Impact Categories:
The Fitwel Strategies measures health within 12 overarching sections that impact the design and operations of a site and building interior.
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.
Supporting multi-modal access to buildings, increases opportunities for engaging in regular physical activity.
Sample strategies include supports for carpools, bikes, and pedestrians.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Providing access to fresh water reduces consumption of less healthy alternatives.
Sample strategies include providing an ADA compliant water supply on every floor.
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.
Providing healthier food and beverage options can reverse the negative health impacts of traditional vending machines.
Sample strategies include pricing incentives for healthy snacks.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.