One question we are often asked is: What is the difference between WELL and FitWel? 

Recollective has laid out some fundamental differences between the two standards so you can quickly decide on which is the most appropriate standard to follow for your assets. 

Fitwel is a more accessible and affordable starting point for benchmarking and optimizing a space/building for occupant health. By contrast, WELL is a more prestigious system allowing for a higher level of performance and competitive differentiation for spaces/buildings that pursue it. 

AdministrationThe International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is responsible for the administration of the rating system. 
Once projects have submitted their documentation, an independent third-party Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI) reviews the materials to confirm compliance.
The Center for Active Design is responsible for both administration of the rating system and certification reviews.
ScopeSets performance requirements in 10 concepts.
Requires detailed documentation for WELL mandatory preconditions and optional optimization features. On-site Performance Verification is required, with visual inspections and performance tests to evaluate air and water quality, noise, light, and temperature levels, and other environmental parameters. Certification is valid for 3 years.
Measures health within 12 areas of design and operations.
No mandatory requirements. The system allows for more flexible and less rigorous compliance paths.There are two certification pathways:1. Design Certification (prior to occupancy)2. Built Certification (post occupancy)
Documentation review only.No on-site performance verification needed.
Certification is valid for 3 years.
Certification ProcedureWELL Precertification documentation can be submitted after design is complete.
WELL Certification documentation can be submitted close to or after construction is complete.
WELL Performance Verification can start after construction is complete and occupancy permit issued.
WELL Certification is achieved after all Documentation and Performance Verification requirements are met.
Fitwel Certification documentation can be submitted after design is complete. Fitwel Certification is achieved after documentation requirements are met.  
TimelineDocumentation receives two rounds of review; each can take up to 20-25 business days.
Certification can take up to 40-45 business days after the performance verification.
Certification can take up to at least 6 weeks after the initial documentation submission.

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