Designing Healthy Interiors

Designing Healthy Interiors

DESIGNING HEALTHY INTERIORS

Designing Healthy Interiors, an article in KBB

An article by Anna O’Donovan published in Kitchen and Bath Business, the Official Publication of KBIS highlights how the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Mark acts as a trusted guide for designers who are seeking to answer the increasing consumer demand for designing healthy interiors.

The paradigm has shifted from merely creating beautiful spaces to crafting environments that nurture, rejuvenate, and contribute to an overall sense of health. For more than 100 million Americans who live with various types of allergies every year, this means that indoor air quality is a priority

The trend towards healthier buildings has gained momentum, but the lack of regulations around health claims on household products and building materials has resulted in confusion when distinguishing between genuine claims and mere “well-washing” tactics. Unregulated terms like “hypoallergenic” can be applied to any product, whether it has undergone testing or not. This underscores the necessity for third party certification. The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Mark has emerged as a distinct, scientifically supported indicator for professionals seeking products that truly promote improved indoor air quality.

As the demand for healthier interiors continues to rise, designers, architects and builders are at the forefront of the movement towards a future where clean indoor air is a fundamental aspect of every design. The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program provides a trusted framework for achieving this goal. By incorporating certified products into kitchen and bath designs, professionals can create spaces that not only look aesthetically pleasing but also contribute to the overall well-being of occupants.

healthier interiorsCERTIFIED paint, insulation, resilient and textile flooring, align with the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED program, and are eligible for credits for low-emitting materials. This integration ensures that the pursuit of designing healthy interiors aligns with broader sustainability goals, creating spaces that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also better for human health and the health of the planet .

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KBB, KBIS, Anna O’Donovan, asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program, Allergy Standards, interior designers, building materials, 

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