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What is the Fitwel Standard?

Fitwel Champion: Alexandria Real Estate Equities

499 Illinois St., San Francisco, CA. Courtesy of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

The Fitwel Standard provides tailored scorecards for existing and new buildings and sites to optimize the unique opportunities for every project—whether it’s a single floor build-out or a large-scale development.

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Choose from a Menu of Scorecards to Meet Project Needs

Sites

Applicable to privately or publicly owned/managed sites that are contiguous and incorporate at least one residential building. This scorecard impacts all site outdoor areas and common areas.


Applicable to contiguous sites that are owned or managed by a single entity, and includes commercial buildings only. This scorecard impacts all site outdoor areas and common areas that are under the control of site owner/manager.


Download the beta Community and Commercial Sites Scorecards on the Resources page.

Buildings

Applicable to commercial buildings whose floors and common areas are occupied by multiple tenants. This Scorecard impacts the spaces that are under the control of the building owner/manager, including common areas accessible to tenants, and building owner/manager spaces accessible to onsite staff.


Applicable to commercial buildings whose floors and common areas are occupied by multiple tenants. This Scorecard impacts all spaces within the building, including tenant spaces, common areas, and those under the control of building owner/manager.


Applicable to commercial buildings whose floors and common areas are occupied by a single tenant. This Scorecard impacts all spaces within the building.


Applicable to contiguous spaces within a commercial building that are occupied or controlled by a single tenant. The scorecard impacts the spaces occupied by a single tenant.


Applicable to retail complexes whose floors and common areas are occupied by multiple tenants, or contiguous spaces within a building that are occupied or controlled by a single tenant. For retail complexes, this scorecard impacts the spaces that are under the control of the building owner/manager, and common areas accessible to visitors. For retail tenants, this scorecard impacts spaces occupied by a single tenant.


Applicable to residential buildings that contain multiple dwelling units. The scorecard impacts all spaces within the building.


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Fitwel Star Ratings

Fitwel Certification is awarded at the following levels:

90-104 Points
105-124 Points
125-144 Points

Fitwel Strategies

The Fitwel Scorecards include 55+ evidence-based design and operational strategies that enhance buildings by addressing a broad range of health behaviors and risks. Each strategy is associated with unique point allocations, based on the strength of associated evidence and the demonstrated impact on occupant health. This means that strategies with stronger, multi-faceted impacts receive more points.

Fitwel addresses health as an interconnected system, with no single dominant category or area of focus, and as such all strategies are voluntary, with no individual prerequisites.


Fitwel’s Seven Health Impact Categories:

  • Impacts Surrounding Community Health -
    Strategies that impact surrounding community health broaden the impact of the project past the health of on site occupants, reaching those who live, work, play, or learnin the neighboring areas
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  • Reduces Morbidity and Absenteeism -
    Strategies that reduce morbidity and absenteeism promote decreased rates of chronic disease and mental health conditions, reductions in disease transmission,and fewer misseddays of work.
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  • Supports Social Equity for Vulnerable Populations -
    Strategies that support social equity for vulnerable populations ensure that a range of populations, including children, elderly, disabled, or socio-economically disadvantagedpersons have increased access to health-promoting opportunities whether through universal accessibility, pricing incentives, targeted amenities, or pedestrian-focused environments.
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  • Instills Feelings of Well-Being -
    Strategies that instill feelings of well-being promote inclusion, relaxation, and perceptions of safety, through rejuvenating and clean spaces, an enhanced connection to nature,and opportunities for social engagement.
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  • Enhances Access to Healthy Foods -
    Strategies that enhance access to healthy foods provide occupants with expanded availability to fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious food options by diversifying theoutlets and sources of healthier food options, promoting healthier choices,and reducing cost of healthier options through pricing incentives.
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  • Promotes Occupant Safety -
    Strategies that promote occupant safety decrease risk of crime and injury, protect bicyclists and pedestrians from vehicular traffic, and increase stair safety.
  • Increases Physical Activity -
    Strategies that increase physical activity incorporate opportunities for movement into everyday life whether through encouraging active transportation, promoting stair use,or expanding access to indoor and outdoor fitness areas and equipment.
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