Active Design Verified

Why focus on health in affordable housing?

Because chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and asthma, disproportionately affect communities of color and low-income populations.

ADV is a verification program designed to inspire the design of affordable housing to promote resident health and wellbeing.

Developers who commit to the ADV effort receive assistance in integrating Active Design into new construction and renovation housing developments and national recognition for successful implementation.

ADV is a joint initiative, led by the Center for Active Design (CfAD) and the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA).

Who can commit?

ADV is targeted at developers who are designing and building projects where at least 20% of the units are affordable. Developers can make a commitment at any phase of a project, however it is recommended that projects use Active Design strategies at the earliest stages of design to ensure efficient and cost-effective integration.

By committing to the ADV effort, developers establish themselves as model businesses, aligned with a growing movement that supports healthy and active environments.

Verification process

We work with each developer to determine a custom set of Active Design strategies that are specific to each developer’s portfolio. Once a set of strategies is agreed upon, the developer commits to integrating them into a portion, or all, of its affordable housing portfolio over a defined period of years.

Once the commitment has been made, the development and architectural team receives training and technical assistance to ensure successful implementation of the Active Design strategies. Over the course of the commitment, the developer also receives verification of progress and public recognition of success.

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    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the 2015 Building Healthier Future Summit, where ADV developers were recognized for their commitment to incorporating Active Design into future projects. Click the image to read more. Photo: Let's Move!.
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