The Fitwel System

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Certification

Fitwel is currently applicable to workplaces and residences, where tailored strategies are used to optimize unique opportunities for each project site. Fitwel for residential includes multifamily buildings and developments, with Fitwel for workplaces including multi-tenant, single-tenant, and commercial interior spaces.

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

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

Commercial Interior Space (Individual Tenants)
Applicable to contiguous spaces or groups of contiguous spaces within a building that are occupied or controlled by a single tenant.

Multifamily Residential
Applicable to entire buildings or developments that are occupied by multiple dwelling units and classified as multifamily residential spaces.
Download the Fitwel Scorecards

Fitwel Strategies

The Fitwel Scorecards include 55+ evidence-based design and operational strategies that enhance building environments by addressing a broad range of health behaviors and risks. The strategies included are those with the strongest evidence base and with the highest demonstrated impact on Fitwel’s seven health impacts. 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.


Each Fitwel Strategy is linked by empirical evidence to at least one of seven Fitwel Health Impact Categories:
  1. Impacts Community Health
  2. Reduces Morbidity + Absenteeism
  3. Supports Social Equity for Vulnerable Populations
  4. Instills Feelings Of Well-being
  5. Increases Physical Activity
  6. Promotes Occupant Safety
  7. Provides Healthy Food Options

Fitwel Strategies are categorized into the following 12 sections by scale

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.

1LOCATION

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.

2BUILDING 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.

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 playgrounds for children.

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 pedestrian and cyclist 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 a lead-safe interior.

7DWELLING 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.

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 kitchen facilities and an 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.

10RESTAURANTS AND 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.

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.

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.

Fitwel Benchmarking and Certification

The 55+ strategies contained in Fitwel can be accessed through the Fitwel Portal, where either portfolios or individual projects can be registered, benchmarked, and submitted for certification. The benchmark feature on the Fitwel Portal gives an immediate numerical score to projects once each Fitwel Strategy is responded to. This feature is designed to assist projects as they measure and monitor progress overtime. Project Certification is assessed once users implement the desired Fitwel Strategies, a response to all Fitwel Strategies is received, and certification documentation is uploaded to the Fitwel Portal.

Fees associated with Individual projects seeking Fitwel Certification are as follows:

  • Registration Fee. Projects pay $500 to access the Fitwel Portal for one year. Project teams can use the interactive Scorecard and receive a numerical benchmarked score, along with a list of areas of strength and areas of opportunity for the project.
  • Certification Fee. Certification Fee. Project teams upload documents required for certification and after paying a certification fee of $6,000, projects can be submitted for a review and a Fitwel star rating is designated as is applicable to the project.
  • Portfolio Based Approach. Companies applying Fitwel at scale across their portfolios may contact Fitwel for a reduced rate.

Fitwel's Scoring Methodology

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

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.