Lendlease joins Fitwel’s Leadership Advisory Board

  • 11 Jan 2022
Lendlease joins pioneering companies across the real estate, sustainability, finance, healthcare, and design sectors to advise on the evolution of Fitwel’s vision and strength of product
Lendlease’s properties are the first and only military installations to use the Fitwel for Communities rating system.

Lendlease, a leading global real estate group, announced today that it is joining the Leadership Advisory Board (LAB) for Fitwel, the world’s leading healthy building certification system operated by the Center for Active Design (CfAD). The LAB advises the CfAD on maintaining Fitwel’s vision and strength of product by providing strategic direction. 

Originally created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. General Services Administration, Fitwel is a rigorous third-party healthy building certification system that sets the industry standard for evidence-based strategies to promote positive health outcomes for building occupants and communities. Lendlease’s participation in Fitwel’s LAB demonstrates the significant strides the company has made to advance the healthy building movement and reflects its dedication to prioritizing resident health and wellness. 

“Joining the Fitwel LAB reflects Lendlease’s ongoing commitment to elevating human health and wellness to the forefront of built environment practices in the markets in which we operate,” said Sara Neff, Head of Sustainability for Lendlease in the Americas. “We are looking forward to sharing our expertise in furthering human health with Fitwel and its growing membership network.”

Lendlease has been working with Fitwel since 2017 when the company certified its Chicago NextPlace Office and later leveraged its Horizon Uptown project as part of the pilot to develop Fitwel’s Community Scorecard. Lendlease is currently working with the Fitwel for Communities rating system for its 18 military housing communities, which are the first military housing facilities to do so. The company also intends to Fitwel certify all of its investment management portfolio.

“Lendlease is a pioneer in implementing Fitwel’s strategies into its portfolio, helping to advance our broader efforts to elevate health as a priority in the built environment,” said Joanna Frank, President and CEO of CfAD. “Having Lendlease join our LAB is a natural next step in our mutually beneficial partnership and we look forward to benefiting from the company’s insights as we continue to develop industry-leading best practices in building design and operations.” 

About Lendlease
Lendlease is a leading global real estate group with operations in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Our purpose is to create value through places where communities thrive.

Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, Lendlease has approximately 9,500 employees internationally. 

Our core capabilities are reflected in our operating segments of Development, Construction and Investments. The combination of these three segments provides us with a sustainable competitive advantage and allows us to provide innovative integrated solutions for our customers.

In the US, Lendlease’s Communities business is one of the nation’s leaders in public/private community development. We manage one of the largest military housing portfolios in the US and are the Army's exclusive partner for lodging. With a focus on creating sustainable value, Lendlease creates communities that regenerate our environment, enrich people’s lives and foster economic growth. Lendlease has worked extensively with the Department of Defense through the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI), a program that provides for the transfer of military housing assets to private sector companies. With over 40,000 residential units, 192 apartments and more than 13,000 hotel rooms in its portfolio, Lendlease will finance, develop, build, renovate and operate these sites for at least 50 years.

About Fitwel and the Center for Active Design
Fitwel is the world's leading certification system committed to building health for all®. Generated by expert analysis of 5,600+ academic research studies, Fitwel is implementing a vision for a healthier future where all buildings and communities are enhanced to strengthen health and well-being. Fitwel was originally created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and U.S. General Services Administration. The CDC remains the research and evaluation partner for Fitwel. The Center for Active Design, a global not-for-profit organization, was selected as the licensed operator of Fitwel, charged with expanding Fitwel to the global market. To learn more about Fitwel, please visit: