Resources

Fitwel’s resources provide you with the information needed to advance health and wellbeing in your buildings and communities.

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Viral Response Module Excel Worksheet
FREE
This Excel worksheet serves as a tool to track progress toward achieving Fitwel Viral Response Certification. It provides comprehensive information to apply the Viral Response module, outlining detailed strategy requirements and compliance documentation necessary to achieve Fitwel Viral Response Certification for a user-defined entity, followed by Fitwel Viral Response Approval for specific assets. More information about the module is available at fitwel.org/viral-response-module.
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Fitwel v2.1 Reference Guide: Viral Response Module
$50.00
The global spread of COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on our lives, and on the real estate industry. In its wake, mitigating disease transmission within buildings has become a paramount concern. This Reference Guide for the Viral Response module provides information on the science and public health rationale behind the strategies that are used to lower risk of viral transmission within buildings. Also included are the strategies within the Viral Response module, and the compliance documentation required for certification.

Supplemental materials available: Excel Worksheet of Viral Response Strategies, step-by-step guide to using the Fitwel Portal for the Viral Response module, Glossary of Terms, and the Research to Action series.
*Registration with the Fitwel Ambassadors program includes complimentary access to this Reference Guide as a part of the course.
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Viral Response Module Portal Guide
FREE
This guide instructs users on how to advance through the Viral Response Certification process using the Fitwel Portal, from registering and paying for a project, to advancing through the project review process.
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Viral Response Module Standards
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Download the following implementation standards to support your Fitwel Viral Response. The standards can be used as guidance in complying with Strategy 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, and 3.1.

  • Contagious Disease Outbreak Plan

  • Enhanced Indoor Air Quality Policy

  • Enhanced Indoor Air Quality Testing and Monitoring Protocol

  • Enhanced Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Maintenance Protocol

  • Legionella Water Management Plan

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Viral Response Module Glossary
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A list of terms and definitions that are found in the Fitwel Viral Response module strategies.
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Fitwel Viral Response Module Fact Sheet
FREE

This fact sheet provides detailed information about the Viral Response module’s content, pricing, process, application, early users, academic advisors, and more.


Start your certification today at the Fitwel Portal.

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Research to Action: Building Health for All® in the Face of COVID-19 Publication
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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. The Center for Active Design has published content to respond to this demand, using the best available evidence to date. Each chapter is designed to contribute to an ever-evolving conversation, and we will stay abreast of new science and update the resource periodically as the research base expands.

The 5 chapters include:
  1. Leveraging Buildings to Mitigate Viral Transmission

  2. Building Trust in the Workplace

  3. Addressing Mental Health Within Residential Settings

  4. Optimizing Density for People

  5. Addressing Health Disparities in the Built Environment

For more information on these resources, please visit fitwel.org/covid-19.

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Research to Action: Building Health for All® in the Face of COVID-19 — Chapter 1
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Leveraging Buildings to Mitigate Viral Transmission

Chapter 1 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)

For more information on these resources, please visit fitwel.org/covid-19.
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Research to Action: Building Health for All® in the Face of COVID-19 — Chapter 2
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Building Trust in the Workplace

Chapter 2 provides guidance for cultivating employee and tenant trust, and enhancing perceptions of safety once office buildings are ready to re-open. We cover topics, including but not limited to, emergency preparedness, communication, surveying, and signage. (Date of Issue: May 9)

For more information on these resources, please visit fitwel.org/covid-19.
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Research to Action: Building Health for All® in the Face of COVID-19 — Chapter 3
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Addressing Mental Health Within Residential Settings

Chapter 3 focuses on the importance of considering mental health during crises, and how home 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 18)

For more information on these resources, please visit fitwel.org/covid-19.
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Research to Action: Building Health for All® in the Face of COVID-19 — Chapter 4
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Optimizing Density for People

Chapter 4 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)

For more information on these resources, please visit fitwel.org/covid-19.
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Research to Action: Building Health for All® in the Face of COVID-19 — Chapter 5
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Addressing Health Disparities in the Built Environment

Chapter 5 explores the interconnected relationships between COVID-19, the social determinants of health, and chronic disease. Topics covered will include healthcare access, food access, housing quality, job roles, among others. This resource will also dig 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)

For more information on these resources, please visit fitwel.org/covid-19.
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Assembly: Civic Design Guidelines
FREE
The Assembly: Civic Design Guidelines is a playbook for creating well-designed and well-maintained public spaces as a force for building trust and healing divisions in local communities. The Assembly Guidelines capture the culmination of four years of research and collaboration—with input from 200+ studies, 50+ cities, and dozens of expert advisors—to provide evidence-based design and maintenance strategies for creating cities where people trust each other, have confidence in local institutions, and actively work together to address local priorities. This is a pivotal and timely resource for anyone who designs, builds, manages, studies, or advocates for public space. Practitioners can use the Assembly Guidelines in a variety of ways: apply the checklist to a public space project; initiate dialogue about local civic challenges; test tactical, low-cost design interventions; and shape decision-making around capital investments.
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The Office Guide to Building Health
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The Office Guide to Building Health offers a practical roadmap, from ideas to action, supporting tenants and landlords in their endeavor to create healthy, welcoming offices -- regardless of budget, capacity, or expertise. The Center for Active Design (CfAD) collaborated with QuadReal, a global real estate investment company based in Canada, to offer this resource to assist the industry in advancing health within commercial office buildings. The manual draws from a well of scholarly research connecting holistic health and design, translating an ever-growing evidence base into actionable design and operational approaches. Splitting its content across three distinct stages of tenant occupancy, the Office Guide posits key questions to consider in selecting a new office location, optimizing the office design, and finally reinforcing wellbeing through behind-the-scenes policies.
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Healthy Housing for All: How Affordable Housing is Leading the Way
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Healthy Housing for All: How Affordable Housing is Leading the Way is a collaboration between the Center for Active Design, the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Building Healthy Places Initiative and ULI's Affordable & Workplace Housing Council. This inspiring resource celebrates the significant achievements of the affordable housing industry, and explores the many ways that health-supporting design is being championed by affordable housing developers—and influencing the broader housing market. Healthy Housing for All captures the growing momentum of expressly incorporating active design within housing. The lessons gleaned not only demonstrate trailblazing efforts to improve resident wellbeing, but also outline financial motivations, and incentives such as Fannie Mae's Healthy Housing Rewards() initiative, pointing to the role of the financial sector in incentivizing healthy development.
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Building Healthy Places Toolkit
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The Building Healthy Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing the Built Environment is a practical guide for real estate developers that expands on the growing practice of using health evidence to inform design thinking. The Center for Active Design acted as the expert content provider to ULI’s Building Healthy Places initiative, resulting in a toolkit that provides a series of design recommendations that are separated into three sections: physical activity, healthy food/drinking water, and healthy environment/social well-being. Building Healthy Places is the outcome of extensive research and literature reviews, ensuring that all proposed strategies are rooted in evidence or industry best practices.
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COVID-19 Fact Sheets
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Download all of recently published COVID-19 fact sheets, which include:

  • 5 Ways to Optimize Buildings for COVID-19 Prevention
  • 6 Ways to Stay Engaged While Social Distancing
  • 7 Ways to Optimize Health While Working From Home
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Building Collaboration Tool
FREE

There is a clear value when building owners and tenants work together to optimize buildings for occupant health. Tenants that locate within a Fitwel certified building benefit from the existing healthy amenities provided by the building owner, and likewise, the overall building will benefit from additional healthy policies that are prioritized and implemented by a tenant.

Based on this mutually beneficial relationship, we have developed this tool, corresponding with Fitwel v2.1, to provide direction on the roles of the building owner and tenant, and to foster collaboration in the implementation of the Fitwel Strategies. This tool also offers building owners with a mechanism for prioritizing strategies and sections that will extend additional health impacts to their tenants.

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Fitwel v2.1 Worksheet for Building Scorecards (Excel)
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The Scorecard Worksheet can be used as a working document to assess building scale projects against the strategies in the Single-Tenant Building, Multi-Tenant Base Building, Multi-Tenant Whole Building, Commercial Interior Space, Retail, and Multifamily Residential Scorecards. It includes the Fitwel Strategies, along with associated scoring, public health impact, and compliance documentation required for certification.

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Fitwel v2.1 Worksheet for Site Scorecards (Excel)
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This Scorecard Worksheet can be used as a working document to assess site level projects against the strategies in the Community and Commercial Site Scorecards. It includes the Fitwel Strategies, along with associated scoring, public health rationale, and compliance documentation required for certification

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Fitwel Portal Guide: Buildings and Sites
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The  Portal Guide: Buildings and Sites instructs users on how to advance through the buildings and sites certification and recertification process using the Fitwel Portal, from registering and paying for a project, to advancing through the project review process.
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Fitwel v2.1 Updates Summary
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This summary document details the differences between the v2 and v2.1 Fitwel Standard. It also summarizes the new resources and products available.
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Fitwel v2.1 Standard Enhancements
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Fitwel v2.1 launched in June 2019 to a 3-month comment period, ending in August 2019. During this period, we received informative feedback, which we used to clarify the strategy language, expand pathways for compliance, and update a few of the strategy requirements. The document provides an overview of the strategies within each of the scorecards that have been clarified, expanded, and updated.

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Fitwel Glossary
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A list of terms and definitions that are found in the Fitwel Strategies.

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Fitwel Research Highlights
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The Fitwel Strategies are based on a strong foundation of data and evidence from scientific publications and documented best practices, along with input and guidance from experts from the fields of design and public health. This resource outlines a subset of citations that support the Fitwel Strategies in the Fitwel Scorecards for Workplace and Multifamily Residential.

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Fitwel v2.1 Scorecards: Strategy Alignment (PDF)
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The Strategy Alignment provides a broad overview of the overlap between strategy names, numbers, and points in the Fitwel Multifamily Residential, Workplace, and Retail Scorecards.
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Fitwel v2.1 Reference Guide for Workplace
$100.00

The v2.1 Reference Guide includes detailed information on the Fitwel Standard, including the strategies applicable to workplace properties, their associated public health rationales, and the compliance documentation required for certification.

Supplemental materials available :including a step-by-step guide to using the Fitwel Portal, an overview of the alignment between the Scorecards, a highlight of the research behind the Fitwel Strategies, and the Glossary of Terms.

*Registration with the Fitwel Ambassadors program, includes access to the Reference Guide as part of the course.

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Fitwel v2.1 Reference Guide for Multifamily Residential
$100.00

The v2.1 Reference Guide includes detailed information on the Fitwel Standard, including the strategies applicable to multifamily residential properties, their associated public health rationales, and the compliance documentation required for certification.

Download supplemental materials below—including a step-by-step guide to using the Fitwel Portal, an overview of the alignment between the Scorecards, a highlight of the research behind the Fitwel Strategies, and the Glossary of Terms.

*Registration with the Fitwel Ambassadors program, includes access to the Reference Guide as part of the course.

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Fitwel v2.1 Reference Guide for Retail
$100.00

The v2.1 Reference Guide includes detailed information on the Fitwel Standard, including the strategies applicable to retail properties, their associated public health rationales, and the compliance documentation required for certification.

Supplemental materials available :a step-by-step guide to using the Fitwel Portal, an overview of the alignment between the Scorecards, a highlight of the research behind the Fitwel Strategies, and the Glossary of Terms.

*Registration with the Fitwel Ambassadors program, includes access to the Reference Guide as part of the course.

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Fitwel v2.1 Reference Guide for Community
$100.00

The v2.1 Reference Guide includes detailed information on the Fitwel Standard, including the strategies applicable to workplace properties, their associated public health rationales, and the compliance documentation required for certification.

Supplemental materials available: a step-by-step guide to using the Fitwel Portal, an overview of the alignment between the Scorecards, a highlight of the research behind the Fitwel Strategies, and the Glossary of Terms.

*Registration with the Fitwel Ambassadors program, includes access to the Reference Guide as part of the course.

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Fitwel v2.1 Reference Guide for Commercial Site
$100.00

The v2.1 Reference Guide includes detailed information on the Fitwel Standard, including the strategies applicable to retail properties, their associated public health rationales, and the compliance documentation required for certification. 

Supplemental resources available: a step-by-step guide to using the Fitwel Portal, an overview of the alignment between the Scorecards, a highlight of the research behind the Fitwel Strategies, and the Glossary of Terms.

Registration with the Fitwel Ambassadors program, includes access to the Reference Guide as part of the course.

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Fitwel v2 Scorecard Worksheet for Workplace and Multifamily Residential (Excel)
FREE

The Fitwel v2 Scorecard Excel worksheet file can be used as a working document for teams to assess projects against the Fitwel Strategies. It includes information for achieving Fitwel Certification, including the Fitwel Strategies, public health rationale, documentation required, and associated point allocations.

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Fitwel v2 Scorecard Checklist for Workplace and Multifamily Residential (PDF)
FREE

The Strategies PDF provides a brief listing of each of the Fitwel Strategies in Fitwel v2.

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Building Owner-Tenant Collaboration Tool for Workplaces
FREE

The Fitwel Building Owner-Tenant Collaboration Tool provides direction on the different roles and responsibilities of the building owner and tenant on applying the v2 Fitwel Strategies to optimize health within all spaces of a workplace building.

A version aligned with v2.1 will be released in January 2020. For a more detailed guide for building owners and tenants on selecting, designing, and operating a building to create healthy, welcoming offices, regardless of budget, capacity, or expertise, download the newly released Office Guide to Building Health.

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Fitwel v2 Reference Guide for Workplace
$100.00

The v2 Reference Guide includes detailed information on Fitwel and its workplace strategies, the associated public health rationale, documentation required for certification, glossary of terms, and a step-by-step guide for using the Fitwel Portal.

If you register for the Fitwel Ambassadors program, the Reference Guide is included as part of the course.

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Fitwel v2 Reference Guide for Multifamily Residential
$100.00

The v2 Reference Guide includes detailed information on Fitwel and its multifamily residential strategies, the associated public health rationale, documentation required for certification, glossary of terms, and a step-by-step guide for using the Fitwel Portal.

If you register for the Fitwel Ambassadors program, the Reference Guide is included as part of the course.

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Fitwel Ambassadors Course
$250.00

The Ambassador Course introduces the rationale and evidence used to develop Fitwel and its high impact strategies, while also familiarizing participants to the digital interface used for certification. The Course includes a 60-minute pre-recorded training video and access to the Fitwel Reference Guides for participants to take a follow up online exam. Once completed, Ambassadors receive recognition through a certificate and listing on fitwel.org, an introductory presentation, and AIA credits, when applicable. Ambassadors also receive a fast track through the project review and certification process (12 weeks rather than 16 weeks).

This course is accredited for 1 AIA/CES Learning Unit (HSW) credit.

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Food and Nutrition in the Built Environment Course
$30.00

In response to popular demand, we are excited to announce the release of the first Fitwel Course on Food and Nutrition in the Built Environment. This will be the first in a series of courses, which are focused on the research, trends, and innovations connecting buildings and communities with health. These Courses mark an expansion of the Fitwel Ambassador program -- As we continue to grow the Ambassador and ancillary professional programs, the Fitwel Courses will become an essential piece for individuals to signify their expertise and skills.

The Food and Nutrition in the Built Environment course highlights research and case study examples on the significant role that buildings can play in supporting healthy food access and behaviors that impact mental and physical health. The course will discuss how food access and choices impact the prevalence of chronic disease, and also cover specific strategies that can be implemented to support healthy eating.

This course is accredited for 1 AIA/CES Learning Unit (HSW) credit.

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Fitwel Case Studies
FREE
The case studies provide an overview from select companies that have successfully advanced through the Fitwel process to achieve certification and a Star Rating.  Download includes projects from:
  • Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.
  • HDR
  • Kilroy Realty Corporation
  • Menkes Developments Ltd
  • Perkins+Will Minneapolis
  • Anthem, Inc.
  • The Tower Companies
  • Bouygues Construction
  • AMP
  • Jonathan Rose Companies and Columbia Residential
  • Gerding Edlen
  • The Stock Exchange of Thailand (Newly-Added - September 2020)
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Fitwel Viral Response Module Fact Sheet
FREE

This fact sheet provides detailed information about the Viral Response module’s content, pricing, process, application, early users, academic advisors, and more.


Start your certification today at the Fitwel Portal.

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COVID-19 Fact Sheets
FREE

Download all of recently published COVID-19 fact sheets, which include:

  • 5 Ways to Optimize Buildings for COVID-19 Prevention
  • 6 Ways to Stay Engaged While Social Distancing
  • 7 Ways to Optimize Health While Working From Home
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Fitwel + Healthy Housing Rewards™ Fact Sheet
FREE

This fact sheet provides information regarding Fitwel and Fannie Mae's Healthy Housing Rewards™, program, which provides financial resources to advance healthy, affordable housing.

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