ASID Advances Health and Wellness Agenda with CGI America Commitment: Engages 11 Partners to Establish “ASID Protocols for Health and Wellness in Design

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Washington, D.C. (August 25, 2014) At this year’s Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), in partnership with 11 organizations, announced its new CGI commitment to developing “ASID Protocols for Health and Wellness in Design” that could improve the well-being of 1 million people through better building design and construction.

ASID will train 40,000 interior designers and architects across the country to use these protocols to create spaces that promote occupants’ health and to specify healthier products and materials. The protocols will encompass design, products and healthcare. Planned to be concise and accessible, the protocols will incorporate Healthy Product Declarations and Cradle to Cradle certified products, as well as evidenced-based, LEED v4, biophilic and active design principles, among others. ASID expects to beta test the protocols across multiple sectors as early as this time next year.

“ASID has a history of convening multiple stakeholders on Healthy Product Declarations, LEED CI creation, evidence-based design and biophilia research,” said ASID CEO Randy Fiser. “Our CGI commitment aligns with the Society’s core business and strategic goals. It also expands our opportunities for partnership, learning and raising awareness about the value to society of building for health and well-being.”

Currently a number of factors — including the amount, complexity and multiple sources of information on creating healthy spaces — prevent interior designers, architects and the larger design community from achieving the necessary understanding to benefit fully from healthy design principles or to persuade their clients to implement them. (Recent research conducted by McGraw Hill Construction and supported by ASID affirms this conclusion. See Resulting space and building design, therefore, does not offer the greatest opportunity to positively affect occupants’ health and wellness.

ASID will convene a cross-sector, multidisciplinary group of leading doctors, nurses, healthcare administrators, interior designers, architects, engineers, product developers and suppliers to compose a single tool for professionals concerned about the built environment’s effect on people. The Society will provide financial and in-kind support of the CGI commitment by convening and facilitating meetings, producing education and communications tools, tapping members’ expertise in elements of healthy buildings, distributing the design protocols, and more.

The following 11 organizations are joining ASID in its commitment with CGI to develop the “ASID Protocols for Health and Wellness in Design”:

AkzoNobel will contribute materials and specialty chemicals expertise.

CertainTeed, the North American Construction Product division of Saint-Gobain, will contribute expertise in building science, indoor environmental quality, product design, manufacturing, delivery and life-cycle issues.   

Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute will provide the material health assessment methodology from its Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Program as a framework for manufacturing safe, healthy and regenerative products. The Institute also will offer its certified materials database to assist in identifying preferred materials for building healthy spaces.

Gensler will contribute design practitioner expertise in health, wellness and generative space, as well as protocol testing for projects and language framework with client and peer reviews.

Health in Buildings Roundtable, a subgroup of the National Institutes of Health’s Division of Environmental Protection, will contribute established and emerging peer-reviewed scientific research, while also anticipating a dissemination/distribution program about the commitment outcomes via its annual Health in Buildings Roundtable Conference. 

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) will contribute its global, cause-based approach for better health with information technology to improve the safety, quality, cost-effectiveness and accessibility of patient care.

International WELL Building Institute will contribute research on building interiors and provide additional research and knowledge relating to the WELL Building Standard.

MSR Design will contribute design practitioner expertise in health, wellness and generative space, as well as protocol testing for projects and language framework with client and peer reviews.

Steelcase will contribute product design, manufacturing, delivery and life-cycle expertise.

The Vitality Institute will contribute research from its collaborations and expertise from its base of health and disease management professionals.

Wolf-Gordon will contribute product design, manufacturing, delivery and life-cycle expertise, as well as assist in a comprehensive protocols dissemination campaign.

The group seeks funding, technology for monitoring protocol processes, and public relations support in media and consumer outreach. The initial draft of the health and wellness protocols will be ready in the first quarter of next year, with training on the final protocols scheduled to begin at the end of 2015.



About the American Society of Interior Designers
The American Society of Interior Designers believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidenced-based and human-centric design to social responsibility, well-being and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.

ASID was founded nearly 40 years ago when two organizations became one — an anniversary we will recognize in 2015 — but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As we celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership, we are poised to lead the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big and of the places we live with the places we work, play and heal.

About the Clinton Global Initiative America
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