Fitwel Launches Viral Response Module

Published 7-24-2020

Fitwel launched its Viral Response module in July of 2020. The platform provides annual, third-party building certification of policies and practices informed by the latest public health research on mitigating the spread of infectious diseases. Fitwel, a healthy building certification system operated by The Center for Active Design, was originally created by the U.S. General Services Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The Fitwel Viral Response module allows building owners, companies, and commercial tenants to demonstrate compliance with evidence-based, cost-effective strategies that mitigate viral transmission and build trust to create healthy and resilient environments for all occupants. It includes strategies related to cleaning and maintenance, indoor air and water quality, educational signage, emergency preparedness and pandemic planning, stakeholder engagement, communication best practices, and health promotion planning. 

Developed with input from health experts and industry leaders, the module will set industry standards for building optimization in response to infectious diseases such as COVID-19. An academic advisory group will supply relevant insights based on current research to ensure that the module reflects best practices for viral mitigation. Fitwel will provide recognition for implementation of the Viral Response module at a company level, and/or within individual assets. 

Companies who will prototype the module include:

  • Harrison Street
  • QuadReal Property Group
  • Tishman Speyer
  • Triovest Realty Advisors
  • Vornado Realty Trust

For more information, visit Fitwel.