We are always making recommendations to our clients regarding building certification methods and which is right for each project and client. The Fitwel building certification is a new building wellness scorecard that is still in the beta phase.

Similar to the WELL Building Standard, The Fitwel certification focuses on the health and wellness of building occupants. The certification scorecard was developed and tested by experts in public health and design. The pilot test was administered by the General Services Administration (GSA), which randomly selected a portion of its portfolio in rural, suburban and urban locations and a variety of building uses: courthouses, laboratories and office buildings. Of the 89 buildings that participated in the pilot phase, 35 did not receive certification, 26 were 1-star rated, 22 were 2- star rated and 6 buildings received a 3-star rating.

Though the process is still being tested, the Fitwel certification process is relatively simple compared to other building measurement systems like LEED  , Energy Star, or Green Globes.  First, you register your building on the Fitwel Digital Scorecard. Then, 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 to be reviewed. Once all documentation is reviewed, a Fitwel rating is designated for the building.

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

  • Impacts Community Health
  • Instills Feelings of Well Being
  • Increases Physical Activity
  • Reduces Morbidity + Absenteeism
  • Provides Healthy Food Options
  • Supports Social Equality for Vulnerable Populations
  • Promotes Occupant Safety

The scorecard measures health within 12 sections that impact the design and operations of a site and building interior:

  1. Location
  2. Building Access
  3. Outdoor Spaces
  4. Entrances and Ground Floor
  5. Indoor Environment
  6. Vending machines and Snack Bars
  7. Workspaces
  8. Shared Spaces
  9. Water Supply
  10. Stairwells
  11. Cafeterias and Prepared Food Retail
  12. Emergency Procedures

For more information on the Fitwel Standard, click here.

 

Katie Craven
Katie Craven is Marketing, Communication and Brand Manager at Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers, a real-estate consulting firm that provides owner’s representation and project management services. More about Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers as well as additional blog posts can be found here.
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