AMLI Ponce Park community has achieved Fitwel Certification under the Multifamily Residential Scorecard, the first accreditation of its kind in Atlanta and any of the Southern states.
The Fitwel Certification System, a joint effort by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the General Services Administration, is a third-party, evidence-based global building certification system that promotes public health through building design. It was expanded to include rental housing structures in November 2017.
“The Fitwel Certification Complements AMLI Ponce Park’s design achievement as a LEED Platinum building,” Erin Hatcher, AMLI’s Vice President of Sustainability, says in a release. “We strive to be on the forefront of providing our residents with homes that are not only better for the environment, but better for them, too.”
The Center for Active Design (CfAD), the nonprofit operator of Fitwel, rated AMLI Ponce Park’s promotion of public health using more than 55 design and operational components that address a broad range of health behaviors and risks. AMLI Ponce Park achieved high marks for its walkability of location, access to public transportation and trails, outdoor spaces, resident access to healthy food options, smoke-free environment, and greater accessibility and visibility of stairwells rather than elevators.
AMLI Ponce Park’s design also promotes the mental wellbeing of residents with restorative amenities including natural views and lighting in each apartment and common areas, an outdoor pool tucked into a natural setting, and an adjacent courtyard with greenery, benches and a fountain. AMLI is a leader in multifamily sustainability.
Thirty-three AMLI communities – almost half of the company’s portfolio – are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified and 25 AMLI communities are ENERGY STAR certified.