CA02 - Health Session 1: Health and Housing: The Next Frontier in Development

Tuesday, November 13 from 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM | 181AB « Back

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Americans spend an average of 90% of their time indoors -- about 65% of which is spent at home. Because we spend so much time in and around our homes, it’s no surprise that the design and quality of these spaces can greatly influence our physical, social, and mental health. Fitwel is a global, high-impact certification system that supports individual and community health through improvements to building design and operations. The system was originally created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the General Services Administration for office buildings and workspaces. Recognizing the demand for a health-promoting certification system for residential settings, the Center for Active Design (CfAD), in collaboration with the CDC and design and development experts, expanded Fitwel to multifamily residential in 2017. Fitwel for multifamily residential serves as the only qualifying mechanism for Fannie Mae’s Healthy Housing Rewards (HHR), which offers below market rate loan pricing for borrowers who incorporate health-promoting design into multifamily and senior affordable rental properties. In this session, presenters from CfAD, Fannie Mae, and AvalonBay Communities will discuss lessons learned from Fitwel and HHR’s first year in the public market, in addition to the future of health and housing. This session is part of the Health track within CAHS. You are encouraged to select the other sessions within this track, though it is not required.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will learn the value of designing multifamily residential properties promoting health and wellbeing and the critical role developers, designers, and facility managers play supporting health within these environments.

Participants will gain knowledge about how the Fitwel Certification System and Healthy Housing Rewards are being implemented within diverse contexts.

Participants will understand the business case of designing for health as a key component in their real estate health and well-being initiatives.

Participants will learn how end users are implementing specific health-promoting design and operational strategies within their multifamily residential portfolios.

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Event Type: Communities & Affordable Homes Summit > Session