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CGI Commitment to Health and Wellness in Design

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      MSR is one of the first designers to partner on the Clinton Global Initiative’s (CGI) commitment to develop “ASID Protocols for Health and Wellness in Design.”

      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.

      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. 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 resource manual 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.

      One of 11 partners in the commitment, MSR 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.

      Learn more about the commitment on the CGIAmerica website link, “ASID Protocols for Health and Wellness in Design, 2014.”

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