Ever heard of Fitwel certification? If you haven’t, fear not. It is actually a relatively recent addition to the ever-growing industry of building certifications, but it has quickly established a niche for itself.
Fitwel – also known as ‘facility innovations towards wellness environment leadership’ – aims to support healthier workplace environments and improve occupant health and productivity.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Understanding Fitwel certification
One of the core objectives of Fitwel is to promote health and well-being in workplaces. It focuses on seven health impact categories, including promoting physical activity, fostering occupant safety, and ensuring that workers have access to nutritious food.
This approach guarantees a healthier workforce, potentially lowering healthcare costs and improving employee morale.
An essential part of the Fitwel rating system is its 3-star rating. This is the highest achievable score in the certification process and indicates that the workplace has achieved excellence in its health-promoting strategies.
What are Fitwel measures?
The Fitwel system operates on three primary scopes: workplace, multifamily residential, and retail. Within these categories, Fitwel measures a plethora of factors that play a role in the health and well-being of occupants.
From air and water quality to lighting, thermal comfort, noise levels, and more, Fitwel considers a comprehensive array of elements to ensure a health-focused environment.
The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention developed the system in conjunction with the General Services Administration (GSA).
What are the benefits of Fitwel certification for business parks?
Business parks that earn the Fitwel certification offer distinct advantages in today’s competitive market, including:
Improved employee health and productivity – a Fitwel-certified business park guarantees a workspace that encourages physical activity, provides clean air and water, and fosters overall well-being. This can lead to fewer sick days, enhanced productivity, and increased employee satisfaction.
Attracting and retaining tenants and businesses – modern businesses prioritise the health and well-being of their employees. A Fitwel-certified park becomes an attractive proposition for potential tenants who value employee health.
Enhancing the park’s reputation and marketability – as awareness about health and well-being grows, business parks with Fitwel certification are likely to stand out in the market, enhancing their reputation and attractiveness.
Frasers Property’s economic and social contributions
In the UK, Frasers Property’s business parks, such as Winnersh Triangle in Reading, are prime examples of ESG and social impact in action. These parks are not just workplaces but ecosystems that foster community, innovation, and sustainability.
Winnersh Triangle and other Frasers Property business parks in the UK are designed to focus on sustainability and well-being. These parks incorporate green spaces, promote sustainable transport options, and offer amenities that enhance the quality of life for employees and residents alike. This approach reflects a commitment to creating not just workspaces but sustainable communities.
These business parks contribute significantly to the local economy by attracting diverse businesses and creating job opportunities. Furthermore, they engage in various social initiatives, from local charity support to educational programs, thus playing an integral role in the social fabric of their communities.
The social impact of Frasers Property’s ESG leadership
Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria have become vital in assessing organisations’ impact and sustainability practices. Frasers Property has emerged as a frontrunner in this arena, especially by emphasising our social responsibility and community engagement.
Frasers Property has taken significant strides in ESG, particularly in environmental, sustainability and social responsibility. Their commitment is evident in their adoption of green building certifications, investment in sustainable technologies, and community-focused initiatives. By integrating ESG principles into their core business strategy, they contribute to a sustainable future and set new standards in the real estate industry.
Frasers Property’s approach to social responsibility extends beyond buildings. We are deeply involved in community engagement programs, focusing on education, health, and well-being.
The Fitwel certification, while a newer player in the building certification arena, offers a comprehensive approach to promoting health and well-being in workplaces. Fitwel fills a vital niche in the industry. For business parks and workplaces aiming for a competitive edge, a holistic approach to employee well-being, and a forward-thinking perspective, Fitwel offers the ideal certification pathway.
Interested in transforming your workplace or business park into a beacon of health and productivity? Explore the benefits of the Fitwel certification and embark on a journey towards a healthier, more productive future.
Grade-A office space in the perfect working environment
Winnersh Triangle is a 1.5 million sq ft mixed-use business park located in Reading, with a wide range of offerings, including major headquarters buildings, grade-A offices and start-up office suites. To learn more, get in touch with us today.