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7 September 2020 | by Ann Clarke
Fitwel is a building rating system that provides advice and guidelines on how to design and operate healthier buildings by awarding a one, two or three star rating, valid for three years.
First established in the US, Fitwel applies to commercial interiors and tenanted buildings as well as retail and residential properties and provides a useful benchmark for wellbeing-minded occupiers by scoring a building’s location and facilities, as well as tenants’ behaviours.
Claremont’s Architectural Technologist Matthew Reilly, who joined the business in 2016, takes the role of Fitwel Ambassador and will now work with Claremont’s workplace consultancy, account handling and project delivery teams. Claremont is one of the first businesses in the North West to appoint a Fitwel Ambassador.
Tim Frankland, Managing Director of Claremont said:
“By investing in Matthew as a Fitwel ambassador we’re able to offer clients additional value and guidance as they strive to prioritise their people and improve their wellbeing credentials. Although we began our Fitwel journey well before Covid-19, we now expect this to become a very sought-after accreditation as businesses want to ensure that when their people are in the office, they’re in an environment that promotes and protects wellbeing.”
Matthew Reilly, Architectural Technologist and Fitwel Ambassador said:
“Fitwel is still relatively new to the UK but it’s really starting to gain traction and clients are eager to explore ways to benchmark future performance, show they prioritise wellness and optimise people’s health. I am keen to show businesses how small adjustments can make a big difference and inform how they design, choose and occupy space.”
Fitwel uses a weighted points system to score buildings and occupiers and can be used to certify designs, such as new construction or renovation projects which are not yet occupied, and existing or recently completed projects that are occupied and in use.
Fitwel was founded by The Center for Active Design (CfAD) in New York in 2012.
CfAD is an independent non-profit organization, working globally to advance its mission, which is to transform design and development practice to support health, and optimal quality of life.
CfAD is the sole operator of Fitwel and is also responsible for 3rd party certification.
For more information visit: www.fitwel.org
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