Launched in 2017, Fitwel is a certification system that enhances buildings to support the user's health and sustainable practices.
Created by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and General Services Administration.
Operated by CfAD (Center for Active Design).
HOW FITWEL WORKS
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is their research and evaluation partner.
A General Administration team provides them with leadership, along with Fitwel LAB (Leadership Advisory Board).
Advisory Council Members: commit to advancing the certification's global impact.
Companies who realize the importance of health and wellness of their buildings.
Individuals who adapt Fitwel standards and promote it as a standard.
Fitwel uses evidence-backed strategies to certify their user's buildings.
There are 63 of them, grouped into 12 categories:
Entrances + Ground FloorStairwells
Cafeterias + Prepared Food Retail
Vending Machines + Snack Bars
Fitwel's Health Impact Categories
Reduces Morbity + Abesenteeism
Supports Social Equality for Vulnerable Populations
Increases Physical Activity
Promotes Occupant Safety
Provides Healthy Food Options
Instills Feelings of Well-Being
Each strategy is linked by scientific evidence to at least one of the health impact categories.
No prerequisites or requirements that would prevent a building from being certified.
No specific "Fitwel Criteria" that needs to be followed.
Follows a point system - buildings must meet a minimum of 90 out of 144 points to be certified. The number of points received results in three different scores:
One star: 90 - 104 pts
Two stars: 105 - 124 pts
Three stars: 125 - 144 pts
Points are given based on how big of an impact the strategy used has on heath & wellness, and how much evidence there is to prove the correlation between the strategy used and the improvement in wellness seen.
Impact on Wellness
Work Design Magazine called them "The New Standard for Good Health and Good Business."
They have been able to help more than 120 million employees & 34 million residents in the U.S. alone.
By setting standards and using a point system, users become more aware of health within their buildings.
IMPACT ON DESIGN
Fitwel has impacted design because its helping people design healthier buildings and do this consciously thinking about sustainablility and active health.
Because it is backed up by so many studies and research, it promotes these standards at a professional level and allows people and designers to see the real impact of healthy buildings and spaces, and how the design of them impacts the people who are using them.
49% of building owners are willing to pay more to have their buildings meet health and wellness standards.
97% of people report ease of use.
84% users understand how their buildings support health
3,000 studies and 5 years of research support Fitwel standards.
23.6 million buildings have been impacted by Fitwel.