Fitwel is the world's leading certification system committed to building health for all®. Generated by expert analysis of 5,600+ academic research studies, Fitwel is implementing a vision for a healthier future where all buildings and communities are enhanced to strengthen health and well-being.
Fitwel was originally created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and U.S. General Services Administration. The CDC remains the research and evaluation partner for Fitwel. The Center for Active Design was selected as the licensed operator of Fitwel, charged with expanding Fitwel to the global market.
The Center for Active Design (CfAD) is the preeminent global not-for-profit organization working at the intersection of health and the built environment. We transform design and development practice to support health and ensure equitable access to vibrant public and private spaces that support optimal quality of life.
CfAD was launched by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2012, to transform New York City’s groundbreaking Active Design program into an international movement. Over the last five years our work has gone global, reaching over 180 countries and informing the design of buildings and public infrastructure projects around the world.
The Fitwel Certification System marks a new chapter in our work. By providing a standard for the building industry, Fitwel supports widespread adoption of health promoting strategies through a user-friendly digital portal. This comes at a time when health has become increasingly important to building owners and developers, in response to growing demand from consumers. Thanks to this demand and our partners’ enthusiasm and innovation, Fitwel is continuing to quickly expand, reaching an ever-growing number of individuals and communities.
Board of Directors
Les Bluestone, Chair
President, Blue Sea Development Company and Blue Sea Construction Co.
Michael Vardaro, J.D., Secretary
Managing Partner, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP
Kevin Davis, Treasurer
Senior Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels & Hospitality
Joanna Frank, President
CEO, Center for Active Design; CEO, Active Design Advisors Inc. (Adai)
David J. Burney FAIA, Director
Academic Director of Urban Placemaking Management, Visiting Associate Professor Grad Center for Planning
Dave A. Chokshi, MD, MSC, Director (ex-officio)
Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Margaret O'Donoghue Castillo, Director (ex-officio)
Commissioner, New York City Department of Design and Construction
Sancia Dalley, Director
Senior VP, Investor Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
Deb Gorhan, Director
Director, Sustainability Culture & Engagement, Johnson & Johnson
Dr. Elizabeth Garland, Director
Division Chief, Division of Preventive Medicine & Community Health; Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Bon Ku, Director
Director, Health Design Lab, Thomas Jefferson University; Host, Design Lab Podcast; Professor of Emergency Medicine
Setha Low, Ph.D, Director
Distinguished, Professor of Anthropology, Geography and Psychology and Director of the Public Space Research Group, CUNY Graduate Center
Bob Simpson, Director
Founder, Simpson Impact Strategies; Former Vice President and Head of the Multifamily Green and Affordable Housing Business at Fannie MaeJoin our team
Active Design Advisors, Inc., with its shortened acronym Adai, pronounced "a-DAY," is a new business unit designed to help grow and drive implementation of Fitwel. A subsidiary of CfAD, Adai is responsible for promoting and administering the Fitwel certification as it expands across key markets, as well as maintaining Fitwel's best-in-class customer service.Learn More About Adai
The Fitwel LAB advises the Center for Active Design on maintaining Fitwel’s vision and strength of product by providing direction and input into its continuous growth.
EYP Workplace, Photo Courtesy of EYP
We are thankful to our founding members, Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. and Tishman Speyer, whose leadership is critical to Fitwel’s transformative impact on the building industry.
We are also proud to welcome the members of the Fitwel Advisory Council, whose commitment is advancing Fitwel’s global impact.
We are proud to welcome the members of the Fitwel Asia Advisory Council, whose commitment is advancing Fitwel’s impact across Asia.
49% of building owners are willing to pay more for buildings demonstrated to have a positive impact on health.
Fitwel Certified buildings respond to the growing market demand for spaces designed to support healthier lifestyles.
Responsible investing is on the rise, with today’s investors increasingly looking to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance when making investment decisions.
Fitwel offers strategies for developing and maintaining optimum health-promoting environments, helping companies significantly boost their ESG scores, and associated ratings including GRESB.
Fitwel has a vision of impacting health within all buildings, regardless of budget, size, year built, or location.
Join us to make a difference in the lives of more than 120 million employees and 34 million residents who live and work in the U.S. alone.
Fitwel was developed by experts in public health, facility management, and design, and is supported by over 3,000 research studies.
You can feel confident that Fitwel offers what the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers as the most impactful strategies based on science.
We’ve leveraged technology and common sense to streamline the certification process, ensuring that you have access to the information and performance data you need to certify a project and celebrate its impact.