Research to Action:
Building Health for All® in the Face of COVID-19
In the face of COVID-19, real estate professionals, designers, and other decision makers are urgently requesting guidance on how to adapt their projects and portfolios to respond to the unique challenges presented by the pandemic. The Center for Active Design is preparing content to respond to this demand, using the best available evidence to date.
Chapters will be released on a rolling basis. As the scientific evidence base around COVID-19 continues to evolve, we will update this material periodically to reflect emerging findings. Your feedback is appreciated—please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with comments, questions, and insights for future updates.
Each chapter is designed to contribute to an ever-evolving conversation, and we will stay abreast of new science as the research base expands. We are all in this together, and we look forward to continued collaboration to discover the best ways to meet the challenge of COVID-19.
This chapter provides an overview of the basics of viral transmission, as well as strategies to mitigate transmission—including limiting physical interactions, handwashing, regular cleaning, ventilation, filtration, and humidity. (Date of Issue: May 6)
This chapter provides guidance for cultivating employee and tenant trust, and enhancing perceptions of safety once office buildings are ready to re-open. We will cover topics, including but not limited to, emergency preparedness, communication, surveying, and signage. (Date of Issue: May 9)
This resource focuses on the importance of considering mental health during crises, and how residential environments can be optimized to promote feelings of well-being. Strategies covered includes greenery, outdoor spaces, high quality indoor air, sleep environments, and health-promotion programming. (Date of Issue: May 16)
This chapter focuses on the unique benefits of density, and how dense communities can enhance resilience and protect public health, concentrating on decreasing energy use, increasing walkability and bikeability, optimizing outdoor spaces, increasing access to nature, and enhancing communication. (Date of Issue: June 1)
This resource explores the interconnected relationships between COVID-19, the social determinants of health, and chronic disease. Topics covered include healthcare access, food access, housing quality, job roles, among others. This resource also digs into specific strategies that can help address many of the inequities associated with negative COVID-19 outcomes, such as pollution, food environments, access to outdoor space, and community resiliency. (Date of Issue: June 16)
The global spread of COVID-19 has heightened awareness of the pressing importance of Fitwel’s mission of building health for all®. With people around the world spending an increasing amount of time indoors and in their local neighborhoods, the spaces where we live, work, study, and play have shifted dramatically.
As we move through our collective response to COVID-19 and begin to recover, a new normal will emerge to create a more resilient society—and the buildings and public places we inhabit will play a critical role in this shift. We will continue updating this page with webinars, fact sheets, and other resources for you, our users and the Fitwel community.