Enhancing Health and Wellbeing in Buildings: An Overview of Fitwel and RESET Sustainability Assessment Tools
Fitwel and RESET are two sustainability assessment tools that are used in the built environment to measure and improve the health and wellbeing of building occupants.
Fitwel is a certification system that was developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the General Services Administration (GSA) to promote health and wellbeing in buildings. It is a voluntary certification that assesses the building’s design and operational features across several categories, including community health, physical activity, and access to healthy food. Fitwel aims to provide evidence-based design and operational strategies that promote positive health outcomes for occupants.
RESET is a certification system that focuses on the indoor air quality of buildings. It is a voluntary certification that measures and verifies the performance of indoor air quality (IAQ) sensors in real-time, allowing building owners and operators to monitor and control their IAQ. RESET aims to improve the health and wellbeing of occupants by ensuring that they are breathing clean and healthy air.
Both Fitwel and RESET assessments are evidence-based and data-driven. They use a combination of objective measurements and subjective assessments to evaluate the building’s performance and identify areas for improvement. By achieving these certifications, building owners and operators can demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and their responsibility to provide healthy and safe environments for their occupants.
Overall, Fitwel and RESET assessments are valuable tools for promoting health and wellbeing in the built environment. They provide a roadmap for building owners and operators to make evidence-based design and operational decisions that can have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of occupants.
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