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Post-occupancy performance verifications

17 November 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal

Two science-based building rating systems are to come together so users can apply for dual certifications.


The Center for Active Design (CfAD) and BRE America has announced the collaboration between the Fitwel Certification System and the BREEAM USA/UK In-Use standard. This will also include a European collaboration confirmed the CfAD.


Under the agreement, the organisations have mutually identified specific documented credits that will be recognised by both organisations, saving project teams the time and costs associated with developing certification documentation twice.


BREEAM, the world’s most widely used green building certification and Fitwel, the global health certification aim to impact the environment, health, and people.


Both systems are evidence-based and are continuously strengthened based on evolving research. Working in tandem, projects certifying with BREEAM and Fitwel can help combat climate change and the human health impacts associated with global warming.


Certification in both systems is achieved through the submission of project documentation with post-occupancy performance verification for Fitwel and on-site assessments by BREEAM USA.


Barry Giles, CEO of BREEAM USA, said: "As the very first green building rating system, BREEAM was built on and is continually updated based on science. Fitwel, recently developed by U.S. CDC is also based on science, which makes these complimentary programs [which] “fit well” together as standards.”


The Fitwel certification system was created over a five-year period as a joint initiative led by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the General Services Administration, with its continuing operations and development led by the CfAD. After launching to the private sector in March 2017, Fitwel already has a global imprint affecting more than 250,000 building occupants with more than 380 registered and certified projects.


Joanna Frank, president & CEO of CfAD, said: “CfAD’s partnership with BREEAM signals to the industry that based on science, buildings can be optimised to promote both health and environmental sustainability outcomes in an efficient yet effective manner.”