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30 leading organizations across real estate, sustainability, and academia commit to advising Fitwel on expansion in Asia
CfAD announces the expansion of the Fitwel Advisory Council with the first regional council—the Asia Advisory Council. One year after Fitwel’s launch in Asia, CfAD convened the region-specific Advisory Council in response to market demand and the identified need for localization. CfAD is committed to supporting Fitwel’s expansion throughout Asia in partnership with UL, the leading safety science organization.
30 industry-leading companies who represent interests across all sectors of the built environment met at two in-person Advisory Council events hosted by CfAD and UL to provide their expertise. Discussion included insights about market potential, the growing demand for health-promoting buildings and communities, and how to support market transformation in Asia.
Boston Properties Leads the Market in Rapid Adoption of Fitwel® Certification for 2019
CfAD announces that Boston Properties (NYSE:BXP) has achieved Fitwel certification of 11 projects in 2019—exhibiting the fastest uptake of any company to date. As the largest publicly-traded developer, owner and manager of Class A office properties in the United States, BXP’s ability to fast-track multiple Fitwel certifications across the New York, Boston, and San Francisco markets confirms that occupant health is now a central consideration for real estate development and management, intrinsically aligned with customer demand.
Fitwel provides a data-driven tool to advance the economic, social, and environmental outcomes of our projects. In addition to siting our Fitwel buildings in dense, urban areas that provide access to a range of health-promoting amenities, we promote occupant wellbeing within our buildings by offering quiet rooms, mother’s rooms, biophilic elements, attractive stairs, and more.
—Ben Myers, Director, Sustainability for BXP
CBRE becomes a Fitwel Champion in the UK
CBRE in the UK is now part of the Fitwel Champions programme. CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, joins a group of industry leading companies committed to optimising buildings and places to promote health and wellness.
Occupiers are placing employee wellness at the centre of their business strategies and at the same time the real estate industry is eager to demonstrate the benefits of healthy buildings. Becoming a Fitwel Champion in the UK allows us to strengthen our leadership in wellness and sustainability, and continue helping clients to create more efficient, productive and healthy buildings.
—Julie Townsend, Executive Director and Head of Environmental Consultancy, CBRE.
Skanska USA Furthers Longstanding Commitment to Sustainability Becoming National Fitwel Champion
Skanska USA, a leading global development and construction firm, is proud to announce today that it has joined the Fitwel Champion Network. Fitwel is the world’s leading certification system for optimizing building design and operations to support human health and well-being, and was created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. General Services Administration, with the Center for Active Design. Fitwel Champions are committed to implementing the Fitwel Standard across their real estate portfolio, with only two dozen companies globally currently part of the program.
Sustainability is woven into Skanska’s DNA and becoming a Fitwel Champion is the next step in that journey. As we develop high-quality, energy-efficient buildings, it is vital that we provide environments that empower the people living and working within them to be productive and healthy. We are pleased to join the community of other real estate leaders in the Fitwel Champion Network, and look forward to collaborating with all involved in our developments to pursue opportunities that enhance health and wellness.
—Robert Ward, President & CEO
As developers and builders, we are responsible for ensuring that the hundreds of people that work, live, & visit the buildings we create are provided with environments in which they can be successful. There are immediate, tangible, & visible impacts on occupants when a more structured, holistic approach to human health and wellness is considered so Fitwel should be more than prioritized.
—Sarah King, National Director of Sustainability
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.