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Crosstown Concourse. Photo courtesy of Looney Ricks Kiss.
Fitwel Sets the Standard for Healthy Communities

CfAD announces nine of the leaders who are piloting Fitwel Community, a new standard for optimizing holistic health benefits in neighborhood-scale projects. Spanning the public and private sectors, these early adopters include Fitwel Champion Kilroy Realty Corporation, and the first Fitwel Community municipal user, the City of Vancouver, Washington. The Fitwel Community Scorecard builds upon a healthy community prototype developed by CfAD for Lendlease in 2018. This prototype informed the planning, design, and operational priorities of Lendlease’s Horizon Uptown master plan, a 503-acre, mixed-use community in Aurora, CO.

By underpinning Horizon Uptown’s design with research and community input, Lendlease continues to demonstrate its ability to create communities that offer a dynamic sense of place, are people-oriented, and promote mental and physical well-being.

—Eleni Reed, Head of Sustainability, Americas at Lendlease.

Horizon Uptown joins the first group of trailblazing participants in the 2019 Fitwel Community Pilot. Their insights will contribute to a publicly-available scorecard, anticipated for release in January 2020.

 

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Courtesy of Boston Properties
Fitwel® v2.1: Introducing a New Construction Pathway, and Scorecards for Retail and Community Projects

The Center for Active Design announces the June 3rd, 2019 launch of Fitwel v2.1, which advances the Fitwel vision that every building and community is optimized for health. Fitwel v2.1 will feature a new construction pathway, newly developed Retail and Community Scorecards, as well as strengthened Workplace and Multifamily Residential Scorecards. These updates ensure that all Fitwel products reflect the latest science and research and are responsive to user demand and feedback garnered through Fitwel’s Leadership Advisory Board, Champion companies, Pilot users, Advisory Council members, and Ambassadors.

Fitwel’s first two years in the market focused on providing real estate owners with a portfolio approach for existing buildings. To date, over 90% of the 700+ total registered projects represent existing buildings. In v2.1, existing buildings will continue to be supported through Fitwel’s Existing Building pathway, achieving a Built Certification. New construction and renovation projects will have a new option of being supported through the New Construction pathway, achieving a Design Certification (pre-occupancy) and a Built Certification (post-occupancy).

Fitwel Champion Boston Properties is the first to undertake the New Construction pathway and complete Fitwel’s Design Certification for its planned office tower at Back Bay Station in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston Properties continues to demonstrate its industry leadership by both pioneering Fitwel’s approach for new construction projects at this project, and committing to pursue Fitwel certification for over sixteen million square feet of its portfolio.

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Fitwel® Announces an 80% increase in Certifications in One Year

The Center for Active Design  announces a sharp uptick in the application of the Fitwel Certification System, with an 80% increase in projects achieving certification between 2017 and 2018. CfAD recognizes exceptional real estate, design, and consulting companies for their unique achievements in leading the industry towards building health.  

Fitwel Certification System by the numbers: 650+ registered projects, impacting 570,000+ people, with 180+ projects certified or pending certification, 1,600+ global users and 1,000+ Fitwel Ambassadors, spanning 35+ countries. 42% of certified projects received a 1 Star Rating, which requires a minimum score of 90 out of 144 points; 33% received a 2 Star Rating and 11% a 3 Star Rating.

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9.19 University of Washington Civicl & Environmental Engineering
UW Tower first university building to earn Fitwel rating
9.19 Building Magazine Canada
Lemay And MACH Initiate Quartier Des Lumières Fitwel Certification
9.19 MTI Blog
Montreal’s New “Lights District” Will Include A New Park & 1000 Affordable Apartments
9.19 BusinessWire
Securian Financial’s Downtown St. Paul Headquarters Is First Fitwel Certified Building in Minnesota
9.19
How to Plan a Winning Workplace Health Program
8.19 Property News Poland
Wadowicka 3 is applying for a Fitwel certificate, the first registered project in Poland
8.19 Open Sourced Magazine
What is Fitwel? (Fitwel Requirements, Classifications, Scoring And Why Fitwel is Important)
8.19 SALUS
Unveiling of projects piloting new neighbourhood-level Fitwel standard
7.19 Fitwel in the News
Fitwel® Sets the Standard for Healthy Communities
7.19 National Real Estate Investor
Three Reasons Why Healthy Building Certification Can Positively Impact the Bottom Line
7.19 BBP Managing Agents Partnership
Workman Guides First European Business Park to Achieve Fitwel for Wellbeing Excellence
7.19 U.S. General Services Administration
Chavez Federal Building Gets Fitwel Rating
7.19 WSP
The Mailbox, Birmingham
7.19 BuildingGreen
Fitwel 2.1 Adds New Construction Pathway
7.19 Networking Magazine
Expanding the Market for Healthy Homes
6.19 Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy
Healthy Living Near the Park
6.19 Healthy Buildings
With Surge in Fitwel Certification Projects, Healthy Buildings Becomes a Fitwel Champion
6.19 Lemay
Lemay Office Receives Exceptional 3 Star Fitwel Rating
6.19 Healthy Buildings
With Surge in Fitwel Certification Projects, Healthy Buildings Becomes a Fitwel Champion
5.19 Massachusetts Housing Partnership
Massachusetts Housing Partnership offers incentives to encourage green, healthy housing
4.19 Jacobs
Being Healthy Starts at the Office
4.19 Fire Starters
Schroders’ Battersea Building Achieves Fitwel First in Europe
4.19 interiors+sources
Going Green in 2019
4.19 Metropolis Magazine
Seven Ways Designers Can Use Smart Technology to Enhance Wellbeing
4.19 Facility Executive
Center for Active Design Announces Fitwel v2.1
4.19 HIVE for housing
If You Aren’t Thinking Health, You May Be Behind
4.19 Fitwel in the News
Center for Active Design Announces Fitwel® v2.1: Introducing a New Construction Pathway, and Scorecards for Retail and Community Projects
4.19 GlobeSt
McKenzie is First Fitwel Multifamily Property in Texas
3.19 Looney Ricks Kiss
The McKenzie Recognized as First Fitwel Multifamily Development in Texas
3.19 Commercial Property Executive
CRE Companies Mind Their ESGs
3.19 Benefits Canada
Cirque du Soleil HQ recognized for supporting employee well-being
3.19 Workman LLP
Arlington Business Park is the first UK business park to be awarded Fitwel certification, achieving two stars for wellbeing excellence.
3.19 Fitwel in the News
Le Siège Social International du Groupe Cirque du Soleil est le Premier Immeuble à Obtenir la Certification Fitwel au Québec
3.19 Fitwel in the News
Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group International Headquarters First Building to Achieve Fitwel Certification in Quebec
3.19 Undark Magazine
Better Living Through ‘Active’ Building Design
3.19 CoreNet Global LEADER Magazine
Real Estate Play Big Role in Advancing People-Centric Workplaces
3.19 Work in Mind
Inside Hampshire’s first Fitwel office
3.19 Workplace Insight
One Dorset Street becomes first Fitwel certified building in Hampshire
2.19 All.Work Space
Wellness is at the Forefront of Office Real Estate
2.19 Building Design+Construction
A healthier perspective
2.19 BUPA
Creating workspaces that have a positive impact on our peoples’ health and wellbeing
2.19 Building Design+Construction
AEC firms practice what they preach
2.19 Forbes
Making Wellness Design Affordable With Builder Incentives
2.19 ME Construction News
Designing for Health and Wellbeing in MENA
1.19 Atlanta Inno
Atlanta Architecture Gets Innovative with Biophilic Design
1.19 360 Workplace
Fitwel…Simple?!
1.19 ESD Global
ESD’s New Office Earns Fitwel Certification
1.19 WorkDesign Magazine
Pragmatic Wellness Interventions To Existing Workspaces
1.19 Savills UK
Wellness certifications are coming to a building near you
1.19 Workplaces Magazine
Why Your Workplace Needs a Walking Path
12.18 National Apartment Association
AMLI Community Wins Fitwel Award for Healthy ‘Living’
12.18 WSP
Designing for Workplace at WSP’s New Brisbane Office
12.18 Commercial Property Executive
Meeting and Beating Green Goals
12.18 RO Real Estate
The RO secures first Fitwel certification for multi-tenanted building in Europe at ‘Dakota’ in Weybridge, Surrey
12.18 360 Workplace
Dakota Building Weybridge Secures First Multi-Tenant Fitwel Certification In Europe
11.18 Clark Construction blog
5 KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM CLARK’S INDUSTRY EVENT ON MAKING THE CASE FOR GREEN AND HEALTHY BUILDINGS
11.18 NASDAQ
Vornado Leads in Sustainability: Awarded NAREIT’s Leader in the Light Award and Achieved Fitwel Certification at theMART
11.18 Savills News
New Fitwel ambassador for Savills sustainability team
11.18 RE Journals
Iconic Chicago building, theMART, achieves Fitwel certification
11.18 Facility Executive
theMART In Chicago Achieves Fitwel Certification
11.18 Fitwel in the News
theMART Building Achieves Fitwel Certification, Supporting Public Health for Thousands
11.18 Building Enclosure
First Fitwel Certification in Washington D.C.
11.18 Fitwel in the News
AvalonBay Communities Achieve First Fitwel Certification in Washington D.C.
11.18 Fitwel in the News
Clark Construction Becomes First General Contractor to Adopt Fitwel
11.18 Perkins+Will
Fitwel Progress Report: Seven Studios, Seven Health Impact Categories
11.18 Perkins+Will ideas+buildings
FITWEL PROGRESS REPORT: SEVEN STUDIOS, SEVEN HEALTH IMPACT CATEGORIES
10.18 S&W
S&W joined hands with Peddle Thorp and UL to initiate the signing ceremony for Fitwel and BIAQ certifications
10.18 FitzGerald
3Eleven becomes first multifamily building in the Midwest to achieve Fitwel Certification
10.18 GlobeSt
AMLI Ponce Park is First Atlanta MF to Receive Fitwel Certification
10.18 FacilitiesNet
Occupant Health and Wellness Takes Center Stage in Sustainable Design
9.18 Financial Post
Stantec Tower officially opens as Company’s new global headquarters
8.18 My News Desk
WSP has Sweden’s first Fitwel ambassador
8.18 Caelus Green Room
Verdani Partners Becomes a Fitwel Champion, Pursues Groundbreaking Fitwel Certifications in Collaboration With Clarion Partners, LLC for Largest Impact From One Company
8.18 CBRE and Maastricht University
U.S. Green Building Adoption Index 2018
8.18 Oktra
Oktra’s London Office Receives 2 Star Fitwel Certification
8.18 Multifamily Executive
ULI: Wellness Certifications Give Communities a Competitive Edge
8.18 University of Washington - Civil & Environmental Engineering
Building health
8.18 Multifamily Executive
Combating Social Isolation With Design
8.18 Workman LLP Blog
Working with Fitwel to Measure Health & Wellbeing
8.18 New York Times
How Healthy is Your Office?
7.18 REMI Network
Amenities key to promoting occupant well-being
7.18 Real Estate Weekly
Green status more than a value play
7.18 Stantec Ideas
How designing space for mindful eating can create lasting benefits for office culture and creativity
7.18 The Fifth Estate
Fitwel – the latest kid on the certification block
7.18 Southwest Journal
City plans green features for new office building
7.18 gb&d magazine
The Center for Active Design Makes Workplaces Healthier
7.18 gb&d magazine
How WELL and Fitwel Support a Healthier Work Environment
7.18 Workman LLP
Workman LLP Health & Wellbeing Bulletin
7.18 FacilitiesNet
Health and Wellness: Keeping Occupants Happy, Productive
6.18 BOMA Philadelphia
Designing for a Healthier Future in Philly
6.18 BUILDINGS
UL and Center for Active Design Partner Up to Improve Wellness Facilities
6.18 British Council for Offices
Wellness matters: British Council for Offices completes major research study into Health and Wellbeing in offices
6.18 Facility Executive
UL, Center For Active Safety Design Form Partnership
6.18 Building Enclosure
UL, Center for Active Design Launch Partnership
6.18 RCIS
Report: Cities, Health, & Well-being
6.18 Fitwel in the News
UL and the Center for Active Design Launch a Revolutionary Partnership
6.18 City of Bellevue
City Hall recognized as leader in healthy buildings
6.18 Cushman & Wakefield
Two Healthy Building Certifications on MOB Owners’ Radar
6.18 REMI Network
Launch of WELL v2 follows arrival of Fitwel
5.18 Arup Perspectives
More carrots, fewer sticks: Fitwel’s mission to drive design for human health
5.18 Real Estate Weekly
Builders urged to help reverse causes of shorter life expectancy
5.18 FacilitiesNet
Healthy Buildings Command Rent Premium, Expert Says
5.18 BuildingEnclosure
EGI Becomes Fitwel Champion
5.18 BOMA Chicago
Five Takeaways About Fitwel Certification
5.18 Fitwel in the News
Epsten Group becomes Fitwel Champion
5.18 Treehugger
First residential building certified to the Fitwel standard
5.18 PRISMPub
The Tower Companies Receives the First Fitwel Residential Certification in the World from the Center for Active Design
5.18 ProudGreenBuilding
Shining star: Pearl earns first Fitwel certification for multifamily building
5.18 gb&d magazine
The Next Phase of Sustainability Shifts to Wellness Design
5.18 Fitwel in the News
The Tower Companies Receives the First Fitwel Residential Certification in the World from the Center for Active Design
5.18 Building Enclosure
First Fitwel Residential Certification in the World
4.18 Urban Toronto
25 York Street First in Canada to Achieve Fitwel Certification
4.18 Proud Green Building
Design firm proves Va. office environmentally fit
4.18 Salus
HDR “walks the talk” as Virginia offices achieve health and wellness standard
4.18 PRISMpub
HDR Becomes Fitwel Champion, Certifies First Office with 3 Star Rating
4.18 Building Enclosure
HDR Becomes Fitwel Champion
4.18 Fitwel in the News
HDR Becomes Fitwel Champion, Certifies First Office with 3 Star Rating
3.18 Outside Magazine
These Office Spaces Will Actually Get You Fit
3.18 All Work Space
Forward-Looking Workplaces: Bloomberg Tower’s Fitwel Certification
3.18 BD+C
Designing healthier buildings: Fitwel certification system
3.18
Bloomberg HQ in New York Receives 3 Star Fitwel Rating
2.18 RE Journals
Lendlease Chicago office nabs several green certifications including state’s first 3-Star Fitwel rating
2.18 Affordable Housing Finance
Fannie Mae Multifamily Posts Record Numbers for 2017
1.18 WorkDesign Magazine
Wellness Programs Average 6:1 ROI
1.18 REMI Network
25 York is Canada’s first Fitwel-certified building
1.18 San Diego Union-Tribune
Healthy ideas for the home
1.18 Stantec Ideas
Practicing what we preach: Championing sustainability and wellness across Stantec
1.18 Tower Companies
The Tower Companies becomes a Fitwel Champion, Optimizing Occupant Health in the DC Metro Area
1.18 Institute for Market Transformation
How Fitwel Can Get Your Building in Shape for 2018
12.17 Dubois County Herald
National honored as healthy workplace
12.17 i+D
Wellness at Work
12.17 Integral Group
Integral Group’s Oakland Office Receives Third Fitwel Certification for Firm
12.17 BuildingGreen
Healthier Affordable Housing Thanks to Fitwel and Fannie Mae
12.17 ProudGreenBuilding
RESET, Fitwel align to promote optimal indoor air quality across buildings globally
12.17 collinscoopercarusi
The Art of Well-Being
12.17 FMI Quarterly
Health and Wellness: The Next Disruption in Sustainable Building Design
12.17 Fitwel in the News
RESET and Fitwel Align to Promote Optimal Indoor Air Quality Across Buildings Globally
12.17 Crain's Business New York
Don’t Sleep on the Power of Naps
12.17 FM World
Green Rating Systems Join Forces
12.17 FMI Quarterly
Health and Wellness: The Next Disruption in Sustainable Building Design
11.17 Proud Green Building
Fitwel expands to multifamily structures
11.17 BisNow National
From LEED to Fitwel – Why Building Sustainability and Wellness is Paramount for Modern Workers
11.17 Architectural Record
Fitwel Certification System Expands to Multi-Family Housing
11.17 FM World
BREEAM USA and Fitwel Unite Green Building Ratings Certifications
11.17 Treehugger
Fitwel introduces residential standard for buildings that help make you fitter and healthier
11.17
Building Certification Groups Make It Easier for FMs to Apply for Both
11.17 Fitwel in the News
Fitwel® Expands to Support Healthier Residential Environments
11.17 The Registry
BREEAM USA and Fitwel Announce Alignment to Promote Health and Environmental Outcomes within the Real Estate Industry
11.17 Crain's New York Business
The latest office trend pitched at millennials: nap rooms
11.17 Fitwel in the News
BREEAM USA and Fitwel Announce Alignment to Promote Health and Environmental Outcomes within the Real Estate Industry
11.17 BuildingGreen
When Health and Real Estate Come Together
11.17 Fitwel in the News
Fitwel Establishes Leadership Advisory Board and Councils, with Founding Members Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. and Tishman Speyer
11.17 Financial Times
Fitwel Establishes Leadership Advisory Board and Councils, with Founding Members Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. and Tishman Speyer
10.17 Building Design+Construction
Real estate giant launches global tenant health and wellness certification initiative
10.17 Real Estate Weekly
Tishman Speyer leading healthy option initiative in workplace design
10.17 PR Newswire
Tishman Speyer Launches Global Tenant Health and Wellness Initiative with Fitwel® Certification of its Portfolio
10.17 Fitwel in the News
WSP uses the Fitwel Certification System, Advancing Healthy Workplaces Globally
10.17 OZY
Can Your Home Make You Healthier — If It’s Designed Right?
9.17 BisNow
Kilroy Realty Garners Fitwel Certification For 2.5M SF Office
9.17 IFMA’s FMJ magazine
Digging into Fitwel: FM’s Critical Role in Supporting Health
9.17 Markets Insider
2017 Results Show Strong Sustainability Improvement in the North American Real Estate Sector
9.17 Fitwel in the News
The Center for Active Design Announces a Global Partnership with GRESB, Bringing Together Fitwel, the Premiere Health Certification with the Leading ESG Rating System
9.17 Menkes Newsroom
Menkes Announces the Launch of ‘Healthy Spaces’ a Wellbeing Program for Occupants
8.17 Business Wire
Kilroy Realty Achieves Fitwel Certification Across 2.5 Million Square Feet
8.17 San Francisco Business Times
A new certification program, similar to LEED, could lead to better spaces for workers
8.17
BOMA BEST, Fitwel team to promote healthiness in existing buildings
8.17 Commercial Property Executive
Architecture Firm Relocates to Durham Office Tower
7.17 Integral Group
Roadmap To Achieving Fitwel: 6 Weeks to 2 Stars
6.17 Architect's Magazine
Designing for Health and Wellness: The Next Great Challenge
6.17 Fitwel in the News
World-Renown Canadian Company BOMA BEST Joins Forces with Fitwel to Bring About Market Transformation by Promoting Health in Existing Buildings
6.17 UNC School of Government
5 ways to make your building healthier: Fitwel, Part 2 of 2
5.17 Green Building News
Fitwel Building Certification Honors Real Estate Development Company
4.17 UNC School of Government
Fitwel, a Health Promoting Building Certification – Part 1 of 2
4.17
Fitwel Addresses Increasing Demand For Healthier Buildings
4.17 Green Building & Design
Wellness-based Design in Today’s Workplace
4.17 Bloomberg
Here’s What Office Workers Need to Get Healthier
4.17 Hypepotamus
Atlanta is Designing Office Spaces To Be Your New Fitness Coach
3.17 Integral Group
Integral Group Leads the Way with the First Fitwel Certified Workplace in Europe
3.17 FM World
New Certification for Healthier Existing Buildings Launched
3.17 Green Building Law Update
FITWEL may be the Future of Building Sustainability
3.17 Outside Magazine
This Is What the World’s Healthiest Office Looks Like
2.17 All Work
The Fitwel Certification System Gains Widespread Adoption from Globally Renowned Champion Companies
2.17 Fitwel in the News
The Fitwel Certification System Gains Widespread Adoption from Globally Renowned Champion Companies, as they Commit to Certify over 50 Buildings
2.17 Facilities Net
Occupant Health and Wellness: Q&A with Eleni Reed, Chief Greening Officer of GSA’s Public Buildings Service
2.17 FacilitiesNet
GSA Commits to Historical Renovation, the Green Proving Ground, and Dedication to Occupant Wellness
1.17 American City & Country
Expert: Expect to see more standing desks in the workplace in 2017
11.16 WN.com
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. Becomes First REIT to Be Named First-in-Class Fitwel Champion to Promote and Enhance Health and Wellness in the Workplace
11.16 Bloomberg
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. Becomes First REIT to Be Named First-in-Class Fitwel Champion to Promote and Enhance Health and Wellness in the Workplace
11.16 Yahoo Finance
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. Becomes First REIT to Be Named First-in-Class Fitwel Champion to Promote and Enhance Health and Wellness in the Workplace
11.16 Fitwel in the News
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. Becomes First REIT to Be Named First-in-Class Fitwel Champion to Promote and Enhance Health and Wellness in the Workplace
11.16 Outside Magazine
Your Future Office Will Be Outdoors
11.16 Proud Green Building
New CDC healthy building certification coming to offices
11.16 WorkDesign Magazine
Fitwel: The New Standard for Good Health and Good Business
11.16 DNAinfo New York
10 Ways To Make Your Office Healthier
10.16 Fitwel in the News
Perkins + Will Commits to Fitwel
10.16 Fast Co.Exist
A New Healthy Building Certification From The CDC Is Coming To Your Office
9.16 Building Design + Construction
Wellness by design
8.16 Architectural Record
Musical Chairs
6.16 Leigh Stringer
FITWEL and the Center for Active Design, an Interview with Joanna Frank
6.16 Forbes
How Healthy Is Your Office?
6.16 PSFK
This Test Will Tell You How Your Office Is Affecting Your Health
5.16 Officing Today
How the Fitwel Rating Could Impact Flexible Workspaces in 2017
5.16 Benefits Canada
New healthy workplace accreditation system aims to lower benefit premiums
5.16 Workplace Insight
New standard for building wellbeing launched in US
5.16 The Fiscal Times
Is Your Workplace Making You Sick? Now There’s a Test for That
5.16 Boston.com
A new government test will show whether your office is healthy or not
5.16 New York Magazine
The CDC Has a New Report Card to Judge If Your Office Is Keeping You Healthy
5.16 Perkins+Will ideas+buildings blog
Buildings that Invest in Wellbeing See Healthy Returns
5.16 Fast Co.Exist
This New Test Will Tell You How Your Office is Affecting Your Health