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SUSTAINABILITY | POINT OF VIEW

FITWEL: Designing Spaces
Fit for Wellbeing
By Stacey Olson, Associate | Southwest Regional Design
Resilience Leader, Gensler

Stacey Olson, C.I.D., LEED AP+ID&C/BD&C,
FITWEL Ambassador

recommended levels of physical exercise, and more than one-third of
Setting a benchmark for
adolescents and nearly 40 percent of adults do not consume a single
occupant health and well
serving of fruits or vegetables daily. Meanwhile, one out of five people in
being standards, FITWEL
the U.S. continue to smoke tobacco or vape. Major risk factors, such as
was developed by Centers
high blood pressure or high cholesterol, affect 46 percent of us, while 86
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the General Services
percent of healthcare-related expenses manage these conditions.
Administration (GSA) based on collaborative data analysis integration
FITWEL was created as a response to the issue of chronic disease
from more than 3,000 medical and scientific research studies. Managed
and was constructed to address the widest number of individuals.
by the nonprofit Center for Active Design, FITWEL launched in 2016
It establishes a low- to no-cost set of recommendations that apply
following a pilot phase, aiming to be a cost-effective, high-impact
building certification standard for a healthier future where every building to existing or new interior working environments. Workspaces are
everywhere: offices, hospitality spaces, even airports and healthcare
is enhanced to support occupant wellbeing.
settings, and recommendations may be implemented at any project
FITWEL stands for Facility Innovation Toward Wellness Environment
phase-whether during construction or post-occupancy.
Leadership. Consider it a targeted workplace antidote to burgeoning
Moreover, FITWEL strategies overlap with several credits outlined
chronic disease in the U.S.
in LEED and WELL building standards, where those strategies address
Historically, humanity has seen health compromised by infectious
physical wellbeing and safety. Meanwhile, FITWEL certification has
disease caused by microorganisms-such as bacteria and viruses. These
are spread, directly or indirectly, from one person to another. (For example, shown to be the least expensive third-party rating system, and was
designed to be integrated at the portfolio level.
tuberculosis, malaria and the plague represent infectious disease.) Today,
FITWEL categories address social equality, community, and health, in
however, health is compromised by chronic disease, which is inundating
addition to promoting increased physical activity, occupant safety, and
the U.S. population at a cost of more than $225 billion annually, according
feelings of wellbeing, while aiming to reduce morbidity and absenteeism.
to the CDC. These are long-lasting, non-communicable diseases that
cannot be prevented by vaccination. More than 50 percent of adults in the FITWEL has no prerequisites, which allows teams to be selective in their
approach. It assigns value to credits based on the strength of the research
U.S. today are affected, with conditions including cardiovascular disease,
that supports the validity of measurable impact. For example, designs that
cancer, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis. The CDC notes chronic diseases
include access to daylight and exercise rooms earn a higher point value
are responsible for seven out of 10 deaths annually, with two chronic
as compared to offering preferred
diseases, cancer and heart disease,
FITWEL SNAPSHOT
parking for drivers of carpools
accounting for nearly
and active workstations, such as
48 percent.
Overall goal:
Workspace design for health, safety,
treadmill desks.
We know certain choices can
and wellbeing, while mitigating
FITWEL certification ranges
reduce the risk of developing
against chronic disease
from one star to three stars.
chronic disease, yet statistics
Rating system:
1 star to 3 stars
Accredited professionals are
show we are heading in the wrong
known as FITWEL Ambassadors,
direction. Research compiled
Prerequisites
0 prerequisites
while organizations that implement
by the CDC indicates known
& Strategies
the FITWEL protocol on more
contributors to the development
Applies to:
Existing, new,
owned, or leased environments
than three locations are known as
of chronic disease include alcohol
FITWEL Champions.
and tobacco usage, poor nutrition,
Development orgs:
CDC and GSA
Join me in the FITWEL movement.
and insufficient exercise. Current
Accredited professionals: FITWEL Ambassadors
Together we can create a
statistics indicate that more than
More details:
Center for Active Design
healthier future! ❙❘❚
52 percent of adults do not get
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Q&A: Becca Kundysek
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Project: Admiral Semmes Hotel
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