How does the Fitwel Process Work?

Fitwel Champion: Kilroy Realty Corporation

12100 and 12200 W Olympic Blvd, Photo Courtesy of Kilroy Realty Corporation

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, visitors, or residents as well as the surrounding community


Leandlease Chicago Office, Photo Courtesy of Lendlease

Certification Process

  1. Register
  2. Evaluate
  3. Benchmark
  4. Submit
  5. Review
  6. Certification

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

Save these dates! If you are planning to pursue Fitwel certification in 2021, be sure to make note of this year’s important certification deadlines. Click here for details.

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 info@fitwel.org.

Design Certification

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

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?

Registration Fee
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's areas of strength and opportunity.

Certification Fee

NOTICE: Fitwel is increasing pricing on our product line as of April 15, 2022. Take advantage of the current rates before these changes go into effect.

Certification fees are dependent on project size, according to the pricing bands below:

Site Scorecards (Community Site and Commercial and Industrial Site)

Introductory Pricing Discount Available for first 50 registered projects

Project Size (acres)Discounted Certification Fee
First 20 acres$12,000
21-100 acres$100 per acre
101+ acres$50 per acre
500+ acres+contact us for pricing

Building Scorecards (Workplace, Multifamily Residential, and Retail)

Size Range (square feet)Fee
2,000,000 and beyondcontact us for pricing

Champion Pricing
Reduced Fee

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 can be initiated at any time following the initial certification for $500. Projects that submit for recertification within a year following the expiration of their 3-year certification period are eligible for a reduced certification rate of 80% of prevailing fees. Any project that submits for recertification after one year from the expiration date is subject to the prevailing certification fees.

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, and by submitting for recertification within one year of the expiration of the project's 3-year certification period. Projects that have received a Built Certification and 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 registered for recertification. Projects that have received a Design Certification will be reviewed under the same version of the Fitwel Scorecard 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.

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