Highlights from the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program at the WELL Conference

Highlights from the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program at the WELL Conference


Center Stage at The WELL Conference

WELL Conference

L-R: Dr. Richard Carmona, Esther Sternberg Michelle Williams, Kenny Mendez

Last week, our asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program was well-represented at the International WELL Building Institute’s WELL Conference when Kenneth Mendez, the President and CEO of AAFA, the patient advocacy arm of the program, took center stage to kick off the plenary session. 

Kenneth’s session highlighted how our indoor lifestyles shape our internal health, from the air we breathe to the environments we create. Joined on the WELL conference stage by prominent speakers Dr. Richard Carmona,  Michelle Williams and Esther Sternberg, the discussion was truly enlightening, offering insights into the pivotal role of indoor air quality in shaping our well-being. 

Designing buildings to improve indoor air can make a difference for people with asthma and allergies and for Kenneth to kick off the WELL conference on World Asthma Day was a perfect opportunity to provide the AAFA community’s perspective to an audience of architects and designers. His message resonated powerfully, emphasizing how designing buildings to enhance indoor air quality can significantly impact the lives of those with asthma and allergies.

The session highlighted the profound influence of climate change on indoor air quality. With allergy seasons becoming longer and more intense, and wildfires exacerbating polluted air, the need to address indoor air quality has never been more pressing. We spend up to 90% of our time indoors and this polluted air makes up a large proportion of indoor air. Add to this indoor pollutants such as VOCs, allergens and mold and this makes indoor air 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air. The statistics are sobering – over 10 people die each day in the US from asthma-related complications, demonstrating the urgency of the situation.

Collaboration at the WELL Conference and beyond

WELL ConferenceKenneth also had the honor of being among the first signatories of the Healthy Building Accord, an initiative sure to redefine the future of our built environment. This groundbreaking initiative places health at the forefront of building design, construction, and operations, aligning with our mission to promote healthier living spaces.

At the heart of our Certification Program lies collaboration. Allergy Standards is responsible for the scientific standards and testing of household products and building materials, and works hand in hand with AAFA, who engage with the asthma and allergy community through support, advocacy, education, and research. Together we are committed to promoting sustainability and health in the spaces where we live and work and are proud of the unique nature of our Certification Program.

The program helps people make informed purchases for a healthier home. We test household products against strict standards and if products pass our tests, they earn the CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® mark. Resilient and textile flooring, paint, and insulation products that are CERTIFIED by the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program are compliant with WELL Feature X06 Part 1b4.

But our Certification Program isn’t just about offering CERTIFIED products; it’s about driving change. Through cutting-edge research and scientific advancements, we strive to empower consumers and drive positive transformation towards a future where indoor environments prioritize both human health and environmental well-being.

The WELL Conference stage provided a perfect platform to amplify our message and reinforce our commitment to healthier living. Reflecting on Kenneth’s impactful session, we are reminded that the journey towards healthier indoor environments for all is a collective responsibility to work together to drive positive change for the built environment.

 

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