The ASID Material ConneXion library, installed in the Society’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., showcases the impact of design materials on the human experience. Healthy materials go beyond a base-line level of ‘non-toxic’ ingredients and actively promote a more healthful environment either actively, such as by NOx reduction or moisture management, or passively, by reducing ambient noise levels or promoting relaxation with biophilia.
With the support of its founding sponsor, the American Chemistry Council, the ASID Materials ConneXion features examples of more than 300 innovative materials and products that contribute to health and wellness in the built environment.
At least 75% of the ASID Material ConneXion Library contains materials that have met the rigorous standards established by the following programs:
A third-party assessment of the social, energy, material selection, and human and ecosystem health impacts of furniture products in the built environment, verifying how a product has met the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard.
The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard guides designers and manufacturers through a continual improvement process that looks at a product through five quality categories — material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness.
The incorporation of material into a product that comes from pre- or post-consumer sources, either from the same product type or from other sources, as differentiated from ‘virgin’ materials.
GREENGUARD Certification helps manufacturers create and buyers identify interior products and materials that have low chemical emissions, improving the quality of the air in which the products are used.
Rapidly renewable materials are natural, non-petroleum-based building materials that have harvest cycles under 10 years, such as bamboo, straw, cork, natural linoleum products, wool, wheatboard, strawboard, etc.
Wood and wood products that have been certified according to the two largest international forest certification programs: Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). Chain of Custody certification tracks the certified material through the production process – from the forest to the consumer.
Materials that potentially contribute points toward LEED certification.
These materials include high porosity wall surfaces that absorb and expel moisture depending upon the ambient environment; self-cleaning surfaces that through catalytic effects break down organic pollutants; treatments to materials that reduce or remove their need for protective coatings or stains; innovative products that do not need thick or rough surfaces to achieve excellent sound absorption performance; and transparent glazing that decreases heat and damaging radiation from the sun while offering excellent light transmission.
Beyond the actively healthy material solutions, increased transparency about the chemistry of our materials and products means that we can source and specify solutions for interiors with full knowledge of our materials choices along with their short and long term effects. This puts the control, and responsibility, for the quality of our interior spaces and the occupants’ needs firmly back in the hands of the designer.
In addition, our “healthy materials” collection features over 300 cutting-edge materials in eight categories, including the largest selection of sustainable materials and the only Cradle to Cradle materials samples in the world. These are catalogued as follows:
Materials whose main constituent is carbon in the form of diamond, graphite, buckyballs, nanotubes, or carbon fiber.
Composites of Portland or other cement with additives such as sand, glass, metal fibers or other aggregates.
A molecular combination of a metal such as aluminum or zinc, and a nonmetal such as oxygen or carbon to create durable, heat-resistant, and electrically insulating materials.
Amorphous or crystalline structures of ceramics based upon silicon and oxygen (SiO2) that are transparent or translucent.
A single metallic element or combination of metallic and other elements (alloy) that produces ductile, durable, electrically and heat-conductive materials that tend to reflect light.
A material that has been grown or mined from the earth.
Long chain molecules, mostly carbon-based, which are synthetic, moldable, colorable and lightweight.