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Center for Active Design announces Fitwel® v2.1: Introducing New Construction pathway, and Retail and Community Scorecards

The Center for Active Design (CfAD), operator of the Fitwel Certification System, announces the June 3, 2019 launch of Fitwel v2.1.  Fitwel v2.1 advances the Fitwel vision that every building and community is optimized for health. It will feature a New Construction pathway, newly developed Retail and Community Scorecards, as well as strengthened Workplace and Multifamily Residential Scorecards.

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Fitwel® announces sharp increase in certifications, showing trend in building for health

“We see Fitwel’s rapid adoption as a response to the growing demand for healthy buildings and places, spanning from individuals, and employers, to institutional investors in real estate,” said Joanna Frank, president & CEO at CfAD. “We are committed to supporting industry-wide adoption—from existing buildings to new construction; from commercial and residential properties to affordable housing. We are proud of our partnership with Fannie Mae’s Healthy Housing RewardsTM, which provides affordable housing developers a financial incentive to prioritize health by applying Fitwel.”

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Practicing what we preach: Championing sustainability and wellness across Stantec

In November 2017, Stantec became the 13th company to form a strategic alliance with the Center for Active Design (CfAD), the leading non-profit using design to foster healthy, engaged communities) by becoming a Fitwel Champion. Stantec saw an opportunity to leverage our size and presence in North America and beyond to form this alliance as part of a shift toward focusing on sustainability and wellness in the built environment with three primary areas of impact: 1) our real estate, 2) our people, and 3) our clients.

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UL and the Center for Active Design Launch a Revolutionary Partnership, Bringing Together Industry Leading Building and Product Health Certifications

UL, a global safety science leader, and the Center for Active Design (CfAD), operator of Fitwel, the world’s leading building certification system for health, today announced a partnership that will expand the market for healthier, more sustainable products and buildings globally. This alignment represents the first time two leading certification bodies are uniting to provide comprehensive resources on healthy buildings and products for the design and real estate industries. The initial focus is to increase the adoption of the Fitwel Certification System in China, while also providing architects, designers, and developers with more access to products with reduced risks to human health.

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EGI Becomes Fitwel Champion, Adding Fitwel to Expansive Certifications Portfolio

“Health and well-being are at the forefront of the sustainability movement, and at Epsten Group, we pride ourselves on being able to affect positive change to the design and construction of the built environment,” said Lauren Wallace, Principal and Director of Certifications and Consulting at EGI. “Many of our employees spend a majority of their day in our office and it is very important to us that we lead by example and provide a space that encourages healthy behavior, promotes productivity, and educates our employees on the changes we would like to see made in all spaces where we live, work, learn and play.”

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The Tower Companies Receives the First Fitwel Residential Certification in the World from the Center for Active Design

The Pearl received a 2 Star Fitwel Rating by incorporating nearly 50 unique evidence-based design and policy strategies that support the physical, mental, and social health of its residents. One such strategy is providing ample open and green space for residents to stay active, unwind, and connect with their community. These outdoor spaces include a courtyard with restorative gardens, a playground, fitness equipment, an urban farm, and more health-promoting amenities. The Pearl also invites residents to breathe easy as a tobacco, vapor, and smoke-free community, in addition to having a stringent indoor air quality policy. Elevators are not in sight upon entering The Pearl, where instead, a glass stairwell encourages residents to climb the stairs and develop everyday habits that lead to better health. Friendly reminders are also in place at all elevator call areas promoting the health and environmental benefits of taking the stairs.

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The Tower Companies becomes a Fitwel Champion, Optimizing Occupant Health in the DC Metro Area

“We commend The Tower Companies for its commitment to create healthier spaces in which their residents and clients will live and work,” said Lisa Creighton, Vice President, Development and Strategy, Center for Active Design.  “At CfAD, we seek to transform design and development practices to support health, and Tower’s commitment to Fitwel will help us realize that mission within the mid-Atlantic region.”

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BREEAM USA and Fitwel identify credits that will be recognized by both organizations

The Center for Active Design (CfAD) and BRE America announced a crosswalk between the Fitwel Certification System and the BREEAM USA In-Use standard, developing a straightforward and cost-efficient process for projects pursuing both certifications. Under the agreement, the organizations have mutually identified specific documented credits that will be recognized by both organizations, saving project teams the time and costs associated with developing certification documentation twice.

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Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

The EXTECH SKYSHADE 8000® standing seam, translucent canopy system is engineered for long spans, snow loading conditions and to withstand extreme wind loads including in hurricane-prone areas. The system’s continuous runs accommodate panels up to 54 feet long, and provide daylighting, UV screening and impact resistance without leak prone intermediate horizontal mullions. Optional coatings for the glazing panels enhance solar heat gain management and diffuse lighting without glare. Its durable framing system uses recycled aluminum as standard and, after its useful life as part of a canopy, the metal is 100 percent recyclable. Photo by Cory Klein

The EXTECH SKYSHADE 8000® standing seam, translucent canopy system is engineered for long spans, snow loading conditions and to withstand extreme wind loads including in hurricane-prone areas. The system’s continuous runs accommodate panels up to 54 feet long, and provide daylighting, UV screening and impact resistance without leak prone intermediate horizontal mullions. Optional coatings for the glazing panels enhance solar heat gain management and diffuse lighting without glare. Its durable framing system uses recycled aluminum as standard and, after its useful life as part of a canopy, the metal is 100 percent recyclable. Photo by Cory Klein

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January/February 2019 PRISM featuring acoustics in education facility design, 2019 color trends in commercial spaces, window films, and healthcare facility projects: Inspira Medical Center and the Palos Health South Campus. Plus a look at the Pittsburgh International Airport’s Terminal Modernization Program and feature article "Transforming a quick stop into a memorable stay through the power of design" by Olga Gorbunova, Principal, Stantec.

January/February 2019 PRISM featuring acoustics in education facility design, 2019 color trends in commercial spaces, window films, and healthcare facility projects: Inspira Medical Center and the Palos Health South Campus.

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