The Fitwel Standard is a building certification system that focuses on promoting health and wellness within the built environment. Developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the General Services Administration (GSA), Fitwel is designed to support the design and operation of spaces that have a positive impact on the physical, mental, and social well-being of occupants.
Key aspects of the Fitwel Standard include:
Health and Wellness: Fitwel is centered around creating healthier indoor environments that promote physical activity, access to healthy food, improved air quality, and overall well-being.
Evidence-Based Design: The Fitwel Standard is based on scientific research and evidence related to building design, workplace practices, and human health.
Flexibility: Fitwel is flexible and can be applied to various types of buildings, including offices, multi-family residential, retail spaces, and more.
Certification System: Fitwel offers a certification system where buildings can achieve different levels of certification (1 to 3 stars) based on the number of points earned through implementation of Fitwel strategies.
Health Impact Categories: The Fitwel Standard addresses several health impact categories, including location, building access, outdoor spaces, indoor environments, active design, and more.
Customization: Fitwel allows building owners and project teams to select strategies that align with their specific goals and priorities.
Accessibility: Fitwel provides guidelines that improve accessibility for people with disabilities, promoting inclusivity within the built environment.
Occupant Engagement: Fitwel encourages the engagement of building occupants in health-promoting activities and initiatives.
Fitwel is often used in conjunction with other sustainability and wellness certifications, such as LEED and WELL, to create comprehensive approaches to building design and operation that prioritize both environmental sustainability and human well-being.