Materials for Healthy People, Places and the Planet: A Toolkit for Specifying Healthy and Sustainable Materials

Learn a step-by-step process to vet materials for human health and carbon impact.

As the impact of climate change becomes more apparent, clients are asking for more sustainable and healthy buildings. Specifying healthy, sustainable materials is a critical part of the process, but it can often seem complex and time-intensive for designers. Using this toolkit, you’ll learn the steps to specifying low-impact carbon materials and avoiding chemicals of concern in your building products. Regardless of your expertise level, you will acquire a range of options and tools to confidently select materials to minimize both harmful health and carbon impact in your projects.

Content developed as part of the ASID Ones to Watch Scholars Leadership Development Program, supported by Steelcase and Benjamin Moore. Learn more about ASID Ones to Watch.


What You Will Learn
  • Compare a range of product types for carbon and material health metrics
  • Analyze similar products through transparency documents to vet the healthier materials
  • Analyze similar products through carbon impact resources to vet lower carbon impact materials
  • Identify the appropriate material selection process for your project depending on the project phase, time, and vetting experience level

Continuing Education Approval
  • 1 IDCEC CEU HSW-Sustainability | CC-117846 (Your CEU will be reported to IDCEC on your behalf)
  • 1 AIA LU HSW | ASIDMATHLTH (AIA Members: Please contact education@asid.org to have your completion reported)

Access Period: One year after registration.

Heather Sutherland, ASID, RID, LEED AP BD+C

Associate Interior Designer

Perkins&Will

Heather Sutherland is an Associate, Interior Designer at Perkins&Will, where she works on a variety of projects in education and civic in their Interiors studio. She’s been with Perkins&Will since receiving her Masters of Interior Design in 2017 from the University of Texas at Austin. Heather is actively involved in student outreach and education through programs like ACE and ASID. As a Material Performance Lab member at Perkins&Will Austin, Heather is able to spread her passion for material health and sustainability to professionals and students alike. She is LEED AP BD+C accredited and a registered interior designer in the state of Texas. While she has lived in a variety of cities and climates, Heather has happily called Texas her home for the past dozen years. 

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This CEU is registered with the International Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) for continuing education credits. This credit will be accepted by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), International Interior Designers Association (IIDA) and Interior Designers of Canada (IDC).

The content included is not deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by IDCEC of any material or construction or any method or manner of handling, using distributing or dealing in any material or product.

Questions related to specific materials, methods and services should be directed to the instructor and provider of the CEU.

This program is registered for 1 CEU | HSW-Sustainability value. The IDCEC class-code is: CC-117846.

Attendees who do not belong to ASID, IIDA or IDC and do not have a unique IDCEC number will be provided with a Certificate of Completion after this CEU.

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Materials for Healthy People, Places and the Planet Part One
Open to view video.  |  14 minutes
Open to view video.  |  14 minutes You must watch at least 75% of this video to move forward to Part Two.
Materials for Healthy People, Places and the Planet Part Two
Open to view video.  |  21 minutes
Open to view video.  |  21 minutes You must watch at least 75% of this video to move forward to Part Three.
Materials for Healthy People, Places and the Planet Part Three
Open to view video.  |  20 minutes
Open to view video.  |  20 minutes You must watch at least 75% of this video to move forward to Part Four.
Materials for Healthy People, Places and the Planet Part Four
Open to view video.  |  14 minutes
Open to view video.  |  14 minutes You must watch at least 75% of this video to move forward to take the quiz.
Toolkit & Resources
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource.
Materials for Healthy People, Places and the Planet Final Quiz
9 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  8/10 points to pass
9 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  8/10 points to pass You must score a minimum of 80% to pass this quiz and complete the course. You will have 5 attempts.
ASID Academy Course Evaluation Survey
3 Questions
3 Questions Please complete the survey to receive your course completion certificate.
Course Completion Certificate
1.00 CEU   |  Certificate available
1.00 CEU   |  Certificate available 1 IDCEC CEU | HSW-Sustainability and 1 AIA LU | HSW awarded upon successful completion of the course. REPORTING: ASID will report CEUs earned directly to IDCEC on your behalf. AIA Members: Please contact education@asid.org to have your completion reported.