Whether you call it sustainability, eco-friendly, healthy living, well-being, or green, the movement to create the best possible spaces for the health of our environment, body, and mind is as important as ever!
According to ASID’s March 2015 survey:
40 percent of interior design projects in 2015 included sustainable elements either requested by the client, or suggested by the designer.
Sustainability is no longer just about nature, nor should it be, sustaining our well-being is of equal importance!
As reported by ASID in their “Interior Design 2015/2016 Outlook and State of the Industry” the fast-moving Sustainability sub-trend, “Designing for Healthy Behaviors” is becoming increasingly integrated into the concept of sustainability. The report states,
There is already overlap between the WELL Building and LEED standards. Where many have interpreted the term ‘sustainability’ to mostly mean reducing environmental impact, it seems that a broader interpretation of the concept is spreading. ‘Green Building Certification Institute today announced a formal collaboration that will…demonstrate that green building and health and wellness go hand in hand.’ (USGBC Press Release, April 3, 2014, www.usgbc.org) Perhaps we’ll see more formal integration of the standards and concepts in the future.
We look forward to seeing this integration continue!
To learn more about healthy design and find sustainable products check out the following great resources:
- Sustainable Furnishings Council (Great new website design!)
- Find Eco-Friendly Companies
- Upcoming Webinar – August 20th, 12pm EST: “Developing and Implementing a Slam Dunk Strategy for Sourcing Sustainable Textile Materials“
- More Upcoming Events
- American Society of Interior Designers
- Interior Design Magazine: productFIND (Green Search)
- Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-being and Sustainability
- National Institute of Building Sciences: Whole Building Design Guide
- Center for Active Living
- International WELL Building Institute
- U.S. Green Building Council