The three pillars of environmental sustainability are people, profit, and planet. The Fitwel standard focuses on the first pillar – healthy people. Created by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the General Services Administration (GSA), Fitwel is a building certification system that focuses on building occupants. Introduced in 2015, Fitwel focuses on the overall health and wellness of those who live or work in the building instead of the physical structure of a building. Fitwel grades building operations on seven different criteria:

  1. Impacts community health
  2. Reduces morbidity
  3. Supports social equality for vulnerable populations
  4. Instills feelings of well-being
  5. Provides healthy food options
  6. Promotes occupant safety
  7. Increases physical activity

Fitwel certification is currently available on two different levels: (1) for non-residential buildings such as office buildings and (2) residential buildings such as people’s private homes. For more details and to receive a Fitwel rating, register on Fitwel’s Online Scorecard.

Fitwel certification is a fresh, innovative method to rate buildings -- instead of rating a building’s construction or design, rating the overall impact of a building on its occupants is better. A sustainable building leads to a healthier environment, both inside and outside of the building. A Fitwel rating gives a broader look at the effectiveness of the building, and how it affects those who live or work there.