Healthy Interiors: Choosing Materials That Contribute to Healthy Building Practices
Learn how to assess the human health risks of chemicals used in building products and materials.
Designers are thinking about occupants’ health and safety now more than ever. How can they select the best materials to support safe spaces? Learn from the founder of the Healthy Building Network, Bill Walsh, how building materials impact our health and wellbeing. The program explores healthy building practices that increase transparency in the building products industry, reduce human exposure to chemicals in building materials, and create incentives for healthier innovations in manufacturing.
This is a recording of a webinar presented on May 19, 2020.
What You Will Learn
- Describe the impact of materials on the built environment.
- Explain the connection between a healthy space and healthy occupants.
- Identify sources to assess health risks of chemicals used in products and materials.
- Examine ethical codes of healthy materials and spaces.
Continuing Education Approvals
- 1 IDCEC CEU | HSW | CC-111610
- Your CEU will be reported to IDCEC on your behalf.
Access Period: One year from registration date.
Founder & Strategic Advisor, Healthy Building Network
Bill Walsh is the Founder, and a Board Member, of Healthy Building Network (HBN). He now serves as Strategic Advisor to the organization. Since 2000 HBN has been defining the leading edge of healthy building practices that increase transparency in the building products industry, reduce human exposures to chemicals in building materials, and create market incentives for healthier innovations in manufacturing. He has been Visiting Professor at Parsons The New School for Design, is a Fellow of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts, and a founding board member of the Health Product Declaration (HPD) Collaborative. Bill and HBN have been awarded the Design for Humanity Award by the American Society of Interior Designers (2019); WEACT for Environmental Justice Leadership Award (2018); Healthy Schools Network Hero (2013); US Green Building Council’s Leadership In Advocacy Award (2012). He holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and LLM in Public Interest Advocacy from Georgetown University.
Bryan Soukup, Esq. (Moderator)
Vice President, Government & Public Affairs, ASID
As Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for ASID, Bryan J. Soukup, Esq., leads the Society's strategic efforts to advocate for the interior design profession from a legislative, regulatory, and policy perspective before the federal and state governments. He is the Society's sole registered federal lobbyist and chief advocate at the state and local levels. Prior to joining ASID in summer 2018, Soukup served as the director of Resilience Initiatives and as a registered federal and state lobbyist for the International Code Council (ICC), the nation's foremost model construction codes and standards developer. In these roles, he was responsible for government advocacy, outreach, and policy concerning resilience and disaster mitigation. He served as the International Code Council's chief ambassador to national and international resilience and sustainability projects, including two years as the founding-executive director of ICC's resilience-based subsidiary, the Alliance for National & Community Resilience (ANCR).