Operable windows in common spaces allow occupants to control the comfort of their living environment and increase access to daylight and fresh air, contributing to enhanced mental health.
- An Operable Window is a window that may be opened and shut to accommodate ventilation needs, as opposed to a fixed light or fixed sash.
- Common Space(s) are area(s) located within the building or development that are open to all regular occupants for general use.
- Fitwel requires that at least 51% of common areas, based on total count of common areas, not square footage, make operable windows available.
- Unlike the Multifamily Residential strategy “Operable Windows in Dwelling Units,” this strategy only requires that there be a minimum of one operable window per habitable common area.
- Where windows are not provided, exterior-leading doors, including doors opening onto balconies, may qualify.
- Photographs and specifications must clearly show that windows can be manually opened and closed (e.g., photographs showing the windows in open position should be submitted along with other required documentation).
- Include all indoor common areas identified in other strategies.