How does the Fitwel Process Work?
Certify a Single Project or a Whole Portfolio
Use Fitwel Certification to:
- Signal to employees, residents, investors, and others that you prioritize wellness within the design, development, and operations of buildings and communities
- Integrate the best strategies that science has to offer to optimize health within a building or community
- Ensure that your company is leading the industry on the next frontier of sustainability
- Improve the health of your employees, vistors, or residents as well as the surrounding community
As Little As a 12-Week Project Review Process
The Fitwel Certification Team uses a verified approach to evaluate each project's certification documentation. Through a double-blind process, two independent reviewers assess each project and then confirm a numerical score. Developed by public health professionals, this method ensures each review is unbiased and consistent.
We guarantee that all Champions and Ambassadors advance through the certification process in 12 weeks, with all other submitted projects undergoing the same process in 16 weeks.
During the project review process you will receive:
- an initial review with comments from Fitwel
- one response to the comments from the project team
- a final review from Fitwel
- a numerical score and Star Rating (as applicable) for the project
2020 Certification Timeline
Submit projects on the Fitwel Portal by August 14 at 11:59PM Pacific Time in order to ensure Fitwel certification in 2020.
Fitwel Champions and Ambassadors should submit projects on the Fitwel Portal by September 11 at 11:59PM Pacific Time in order to ensure Fitwel certification in 2020.
Pathways for New Construction and Existing Projects
New Construction Pathway
This pathway is applicable to projects that are currently in design or under construction and consists of 2 certifications - Design Certification (prior to occupancy) and Built Certification (post occupancy).
Existing Building Pathway
This pathway is applicable to all occupied projects, including existing or recently completed projects and consists of 1 certification - Built Certification.
*Projects registered on the Fitwel Portal before June 3rd, 2019 are part of the Existing Building pathway and will remain registered on the scorecard version they signed up with. Users who wish to move their project from v2 to v2.1 should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Design Certification is available to new construction and major renovation projects once the design of the project is solidified and prior to the project being occupied. Design Certification is valid for 3 years from the date of certification, at which time the completed project applies for a Built Certification.
Built Certification is available for existing or recently completed projects that are occupied and in use. Built Certification is valid for 3 years from the time of certification.
Now for the real question. What does all of this cost?
One-Time Registration fee of $500 per project
Registration provides access to the Fitwel Portal's interactive scorecard, benchmarking capability, and performance data that summarizes a project areas of strength and opportunity.
Certification fees are dependent on project size, according to the pricing bands below:
Site Scorecards (Community and Commercial Site)
Introductory Pricing Discount Available for first 50 registered projects
|Size Range||Discounted Fee|
|21-100 acres||$12,000 for first 20 acres, then $100 per acre|
|100+ acres||contact us for pricing|
Building Scorecards (Workplace, Multifamily Residential, and Retail)
|Size Range (square feet)||Fee|
|1,000,000 and beyond||contact us for pricing|
Companies looking to step up and commit to apply Fitwel at scale should contact us for a reduced rate.
Fitwel Certification is valid for three years. Recertification is available at a reduced rate of $500 plus 80% of the prevailing certification rate.
Your project can maintain its Fitwel status without lapse by initiating a recertification on the Fitwel Portal at any point within the three years from the date on which the project was awarded its initial certification. Projects that have received a Built Certification that are submitted for recertification will be reviewed under the version of the Fitwel Scorecard that is in place on the date when the project is re-registered for recertification. Projects that have received a Design Certification will be reviewed under the same version in which the original certification was awarded, but also have the option of recertifying under the most up-to-date version.
Download the Fitwel Portal Guide to learn how to start your project's recertification process.