Introducing Fitwel v2.1 Video, 61 minutes

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The Center for Active Design (CfAD), operator of Fitwel Certification System, recently launched Fitwel 2.1 which advances a vision where every building and community is optimized for health. Fitwel 2.1 features several new and enhanced products and systems including:

  • a separate pathway for new construction projects
  • newly developed Retail & Community Scorecards
  • strengthened Workplace and Multifamily Residential Scorecards

Joanna Frank, President & CEO of CfAD, and associate Zach Flora provide an overview of these updates, as well as introduce viewers to the new construction pathway and scorecards. Additionally, this overview focuses on how the architecture, engineering, and construction community can achieve a Fitwel Design Certification in their new construction projects.


Joanna Frank is the founding President & CEO of the Center for Active Design, where she advances design and development practices to foster healthy and engaged communities. Prior to launching the Center, Ms. Frank worked for the City of New York, where her positions included Director of Active Design and Director of the NYC FRESH program. Before working for the City, Ms. Frank was a Partner at Bright City Development, LLC where she was responsible for the development of mixed-use residential buildings using sustainable design criteria. Ms. Frank is a member of the American Heart Association Workplace Health Steering Committee [National].

Zach Flora is an associate with the Center for Active Design. Prior to that, he was Research Manager for CoStar Group. He has a master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Georgetown University, where he focused on the intersection of design and development and public health.