Obtain Recognition as a Cordis Certified Healthy Project

A certification system customized for a variety of development types, from communities to residential buildings

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Why Work with Cordis Certified Healthy

Cordis Certified Healthy integrates recognized beneficial healthy features to existing properties and those under design. Ranging from site selection to on-going operations and management, the Cordis Health Score informs choices and provides direction on how to create a healthy project. The Health Score is organized into four categories and utilizes over 300 criteria.

Cordis Health Scores Four Categories

context and community


site, building and interiors

operations and programing

Start Your Project’s Certification Process


Registration of a Project

There is a registration fee for all projects of $2,500. Once a project is registered a Cordis Certification Guidelines package is provided with a project specific spreadsheet indicating all criteria, the Cordis Heath Score, and how to use the spreadsheet.

Prepare the Submittal

The submittal requires the spreadsheet be filled out indicating the healthy components integrated into the project. The criteria questions are organized in a yes/no format. The submittal can be prepared by the applicant or by a Cordis Certified Healthy qualified firm.

Submit for Certification Review

Once the submittal is complete, the applicant sends the finished document with supporting materials and appropriate fee to Cordis Certified Healthy for review, scoring, and comments. Cordis will provide the applicant with a report documenting the scoring, findings, and recommendations on methods to improve the Cordis Health Score.

On-Site Verification

Once the project is complete, a Cordis Certified Healthy representative will visit the project to verify the integration of the healthy components.

Certification Award

Following verification and any revised scoring of the project, if it qualifies, the community and or building will be awarded one of the three levels of Certification:
- Complete
- Advanced
- Primary
At which time the project can obtain Cordis Certified Healthy plaques, healthy place icons to install at key locations within the building, Cordis Certified Healthy marketing materials, and sales staff training.

Celebrating Successful Cordis Certified Healthy Communities

"Cordis Certified Healthy has taken on the task of developing the most comprehensive metric (and tool kit in many ways) for healthy community and building design. We offered Aria Denver as one of their test cases for the metric and we found it to be the most comprehensive approach to the issue.”

Susan Powers, President of Urban Ventures

“Certified Healthy is “the frosting to LEED.” This is what provides the “delight” to sustainability and is lacking in many of the sustainability criteria.”

Hunter Lovins, President and Founder Natural Capitalism Solutions, Co-Founder of Rocky Mountain Institute

"Certified Healthy takes a holistic view of the factors impacting human health and assigns relative value to their importance. It gives property owners, tenants, land use planers, and regulators a practical way to guide decision making and allocate resources.”

Jeff Hohensee, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Alliance for Sustainable Colorado

“Cordis Certified Healthy was an invaluable tool while we were designing the West Line Flats apartment complex by identifying healthy components that we could integrate into our design. During our value engineering process these elements, which not only encourage a healthy lifestyle but also add to the all-important quality of “delight” to the project, were much easier to retain when working with our equity partner than if we were not pursuing the Cordis Certified Healthy designation."

Jeff Temple, President Momentum and Developer of West Side Flats Apartments.

Discover the System that Champions the Healthiest Buildings and Communities

Cordis Certified Healthy gives property owners, communities, tenants, land use planners, and regulators a practical way to guide decision-making and allocate resources to develop and maintain healthy environments.

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