SIG Consulting Services for Fitwel Certification
SIG always strives to help our clients’ priorities for the health and safety of their employees,tenants,. We have adopted the Fitwel standard to achieve a healthier future that centers around occupant well-being and cleaner communities. We believe in the people behind healthy buildings and want to help you invest in your tenants and make a difference in the environment. Our passion is to help you easily obtain certifications for your new and existing projects.
SIG has in-house, certified Fitwel Ambassadors that are expertly trained on, and experienced with, Fitwel certification. We can confidently lead your projects to obtain certification. Our team has worked on dozens of Fitwel projects; we have the experience, resources and passion for helping you stand out as a industry leader in healthy spaces. We want to work with you to invest in the health of people and the environment for years to come.
SIG’s consulting team creates a well-rounded collaborative experience. Our team of in-house Fitwel Ambassadors help you navigate the Fitwel online digital scorecard, aid in tracking progress throughout your project, and much more.
We take the guesswork out of certification, by guiding and educating your design team in the best practices to advance correct documentation, sustain scheduling, and apply proven time and capital-saving techniques. Our team is hands-on and always available to help you achieve success.
Your team will receive various collateral, such as a personalized Fitwel plan , progress reports, a customized Fitwel scorecard and more.
We take pride in our communication and collaboration efforts provided throughout the process. Our team attends various project team meetings to identify issues, answer questions, provide suggestions and update your team on the Fitwel implementation process. SIG is with you every step of the way, to ensure a smooth application experience.
Benefits of Fitwel Certification
- Promotes Increased Value
- Enhancing tenant satisfaction generates additional referral rates and creates a further advanced return on investment.
- Optimizes Health and Wellness
- The certification’s design strategies: such as ways to lower stress, help reduce occupants’ health and mitigating safety risks.
- Assists with ESG Reporting
- Fitwel’s measurement tools help keep track of ESG criteria for streamlined reporting.
Fitwel is a commercial building rating system that provides guidelines on designing and operating healthier buildings. It was designed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the General Services Administration (GSA) based on over 5,600 scientific studies. The Fitwel program includes 63 evidence-based policy and design strategies that address various health behaviors and risks. The certification breaks down these strategies into 12 different categories:
- Building Access
- Outdoor Spaces
- Entrances & Ground floor
- Indoor Environment
- Shared Spaces
- Water Supply
- Cafeterias and Prepared Food
- Vending Machines & Snack Bars
- Emergency Procedures
Each strategy earns points based on how it relates to the seven evidence-based “Health Impact Categories,” which are:
- Impacts Community
- Reduces Morbidity & Absenteeism
- Supports Social Equity for Vulnerable Populations
- Increases Physical Activity
- Promotes Occupant Safety
- Instills Feelings of Well-being
- Provides Healthy Food Options
Fitwel is a cost-effective, high-impact building certification standard that is faster to obtain than the WELL Building certification. It is quickly increasing in popularity around the globe as occupant health and well-being priorities soar. Fitwel offers you an opportunity to invest in your people and community.
How to Use Fitwel
One of the biggest advantages of Fitwel is that there are no “prerequisites” or barriers to entry that would prevent a building from being eligible to earn a Fitwel certification. The program can be used for both new construction and existing buildings. There are two certification types for new construction: Design Certification (before occupancy) and Built Certification (post-occupancy). For existing buildings, there is just one type: Built Certification.
Fitwel is based on a three-tier rating system that differentiates a project between basic, intermediate and advanced. There are 144 possible points projects can achieve through the program – 90 points are needed as a minimum for certification.
Once Fitwel certification is achieved, it is valid for three years and can be renewed at any time.