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Fitwel Releases Updated Building Standard

Standard seeks to optimize facilities for health and quality of life, future-proof them for climate adaptation and maximize their value.   July 2, 2024

By Dan Hounsell, Senior Editor

The last four years have seen vast changes in the evolution of building rating systems and health and wellness strategies. The pandemic shifted the emphasis in buildings to air filtration and ventilation rates, and the subsequent return-to-office movement led to greater interest in holistic solutions that keep occupants healthy and improve their wellness and productivity. Now, one health and wellness standard has responded to the ongoing changes with a new version. 

Fitwel has released Version 3 of its evidence-based standard. The update translates the latest public health research to optimize real estate assets for health and quality of life, to future-proof them for climate adaptation and to maximize their value. The new version of the standard introduces the Smart Scorecard. 

Fitwel's operator, the Center for Active Design, has updated the evidence-based standard to incorporate recent research, industry feedback and market trends. The latest version offers eight distinct scorecards and collectively 140 evidence-based strategies, all rooted in over 7,000 peer-reviewed studies linking health and the built environment. The updates include: 

  • New evidence-based strategies: Several new strategies enhance the health benefits of environmental sustainability and prepare assets for the rising risks of climate change. 
  • Expanded applicability: The version offers improved scorecards for multi-tenant commercial buildings. 
  • Consistent Strategy Language: It ensures consistent strategy requirements across all products, streamlining implementation and reducing costs for users managing diverse asset portfolios. 
  • Launch of the Smart Scorecard: The updated version features a simplified digital experience, introducing smarter scorecard interactions that reduce documentation time. 

Dan Hounsell is senior editor for the facilities market. He has more than 30 years of experience writing about facilities maintenance, engineering and management. 


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