News Analysis

A Review of Healthy Building Rating Systems

In the world of sustainable building design, one of the most common questions that comes up is: what is the best system to use if you want to build a healthy building?

Mohammad Abbasi and Matt Dempsey contributed to this analysis.

WELL or Fitwel?

WELL has become more accessible to achieve, with significantly fewer mandatory preconditions.

For a while, the space was dominated by the WELL Building rating system, but the experience of many architects and consultants has been that WELL was either too expensive or too big an effort to gain owner approval. Since then, we’ve seen the emergence of Fitwel, which has started to gain market traction over the last few years—credit to the Center for Active Design, which has positioned Fitwel as an accessible benchmark that can be more widely adopted and used.

Published September 8, 2020

Radoff, J. (2020, August 24). A Review of Healthy Building Rating Systems. Retrieved from