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20 Firms Receive Prestigious Recognition for Advancing the Healthy Building Movement with Fitwel®
The Center for Active Design (CfAD) today announces the 2020 winners of Best in Building HealthTM, its flagship recognition program that identifies the leading firms enhancing human health via Fitwel, the world’s leading certification system committed to building health for allTM. Winners reflect notable geographic diversity—including projects from Thailand, Ireland, and Sweden—confirming the rapid expansion of Fitwel’s global reach. The number of countries implementing Fitwel-certified projects has doubled over the last year to generate health impacts across four continents.
CfAD will convene Best in Building Health winners and other Fitwel leaders on February 27th at the iconic Ferry Building in San Francisco. This year’s event will feature new awards that reflect Fitwel’s growing breadth of impact, including recognition of Quartier des lumières in Montreal, Canada, the frontrunning project to pilot the Fitwel Community Scorecard. This brand-new standard for neighborhood-scale development was released for public use on January 30, along with a Commercial Sites Scorecard.
MACH, Crosstown, ATCO, and Lendlease First to Certify with Fitwel Community
The Center for Active Design announces that four trailblazing projects have certified through Fitwel Community, a cutting-edge, evidence-based standard for optimizing holistic health benefits at the neighborhood scale. Four unique developments—led by MACH, Crosstown Development, ATCO Properties & Management, and Lendlease—emerged as leaders in piloting the Fitwel Community Scorecard to achieve certification. Their collective insights affirm that Fitwel Community offers a practical, cost effective, and scalable tool to support healthy neighborhoods.
The first four Fitwel-certified communities represent existing projects (achieving Built Certification) as well as those in design phase (achieving Design Certification), and reflect diverse geographies, demographics, and socioeconomic conditions. Collectively, these four projects will impact the wellbeing of over 20,000 residents and employees when fully occupied.
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.