StandardsFitwel unveils v3: A new era of healthy building certification

Fitwel is implementing a vision for a healthier future where all buildings and communities are enhanced to strengthen health and well-being.
Content Team1 week ago4 min

Fitwel, a global leader in healthy building certification and data insights, has launched Version 3 (“v3”) of its evidence-based standard. This update leverages the latest public health research to enhance real estate assets for health and quality of life, future-proof them against climate change, and maximise their value. 

Evolving the Fitwel Standard

Fitwel’s operator, the globally renowned non-profit Center for Active Design (CfAD), systematically updates the evidence-based standard to incorporate recent research, industry feedback, and market trends. Over 2.5 billion square feet of real estate has been assessed using Fitwel, equating to almost 1 million square feet of space per day since Fitwel launched.

This use of Fitwel is impacting 2.6 million people in over 50 countries, driving market transformation through a global cohort of leading real estate companies committed to building a healthier, more sustainable world.

Fitwel v3 builds on this success, offering eight distinct scorecards and collectively 140 evidence-based strategies, all rooted in over 7,000 peer-reviewed studies linking health and the built environment.

Future-Proofing with Fitwel

Fitwel v3 introduces significant enhancements and updates, driven by an extensive analysis of new public health research and a comprehensive site-wide engineering rebuild. These improvements offer increased efficiency and scalability:

  • New Evidence-Based Strategies: v3 includes several new strategies that enhance the health benefits of environmental sustainability and prepare assets for the rising risks of climate change.
  • Expanded Applicability: Improved scorecard solutions for multi-tenant commercial buildings, developed through extensive user consultation, optimize the impact of Fitwel’s health-promoting strategies.
  • Consistent Strategy Language: v3 ensures consistent strategy requirements across all products, streamlining implementation and reducing costs for users managing diverse asset portfolios.
  • Launch of the Smart Scorecard™: v3 features a sleek design refresh and a simplified digital experience, introducing smarter scorecard interactions that reduce documentation time.

“Version 3 meets the rising demand for healthy, high-quality assets while mitigating climate risks, promoting value, and streamlining certification for efficiency,” said Joanna Frank, Fitwel’s President and CEO.

“Today we can definitively show that health, encompassed in the social pillar of ESG, is one of the greatest opportunities to future-proof assets. The updated Standard and improvements to the data-driven Fitwel Platform are designed to help real estate capitalize on these opportunities.”

For a complete overview and frequently asked questions, please visit: www.fitwel.org.

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