Products, Materials, and Vendor Relationships


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Receive hands-on advice on how to specify products and materials, address health and environmental concerns, and build strong relationships with manufacturers and vendors.

Impress your professors and future colleagues by knowing exactly which questions to ask when specifying products and materials on a project.


What You Will Learn
  • Important considerations when specifying materials
  • How to address material health and safety concerns to ensure the well-being of building occupants
  • How to work most effectively with manufacturers’ representatives and build strategic relationships
  • Key questions to ask vendors about products and materials


Core Content 


Demystifying Furniture's Role in Sustainability

A mind-boggling number of environmental standards exist. It seems each day something is greener, better, and calling louder than the standards of years past. Learn how to define and compare leading sustainability programs in the market and explain the key role furniture plays within each. You will also see how to overlay LEVEL® by BIFMA’s rating system and explain its application and relevance to help demystify furniture’s role in sustainability. 


Eight Attributes of Contract Furniture

Become a more informed specifier through this exploration of the eight key attributes of contract furniture. You’ll gain insight into the crucial factors to weigh in your decision-making, including performance, sustainability, and health and wellness. Understand the tools you can use to assess each of these eight attributes, and evaluate the optimal balance in order to create spaces that meet unique design criteria and work effectively for the occupants.


Healthy Materials Sourcing and Selection 

Gain the knowledge you need to recognize materials that could be harmful to human health, and how to find alternatives when specifying. Dr. Andrew Dent of Material ConneXion will walk you through scenarios to illustrate areas of concern and provide examples of situations where healthful alternatives are necessary. You will learn key questions to ask and how to navigate ratings and points systems to evaluate materials’ impact on human health.


In Conversation: Product Intros and Perspectives

Ever wonder how designers navigate through new products and materials as they consider what is best for their clients and projects? Listen in on a series of conversations between leading designers and their reps as they review new products. You will leave with an understanding of the questions to ask when evaluating products, how to navigate relationships with product reps, and fresh insight on what’s up and coming from manufacturers. 

  • Segment 1: Wood Flooring: Listen as Mindi Weichman, Design Director, Studio O+A, learns about wood flooring options for a new workplace project from Todd Youngs, Founder and Sales Representative – Northern California, Todd Contract.
  • Segment 2: Plumbing Fixtures: Hear all about new plumbing fixtures from Jason Reynolds, Director of Hospitality and Architecture and Design, Fortune Brands Global Plumbing Group, as he presents options to Krista Ninivaggi, Allied ASID, Founder, K&CO, for a new condo project.
  • Segment 3: Textiles: Listen in on a conversation between Kia Weatherspoon, NCIDQ, ASID, President/ CEO, Determined by Design, and Melanie Ambridge, Sales Representative, Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering, and learn about textile options for a new multi-family residential project.


Extra Credit 

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Demystifying Furniture's Role in Sustainability
Part 1: Introduction and Overview of LEVEL Standard
Open to view video.
Open to view video. This 16 minute video includes the course introduction, a comparison of single-attribute and multi-attribute environmental standards, and an overview of the LEVEL standard.
Part 2: Ratings Systems Overview
Open to view video.
Open to view video. This 11 minute video compares LEVEL against various other green building standards.
Part 3: Key Sustainability Attributes of Furniture
Open to view video.
Open to view video. This 12 minute video dives into the ways in which furniture contributes to sustainability, and the key questions to ask when assessing environmental factors when specifying furniture for your projects.
Part 4: Future of Sustainable Furniture and Course Conclusion
Open to view video.
Open to view video. This 7 minute video looks at the future of sustainability in furniture and the evolution of standards and BIFMA's role.
Demystifying Furniture's Role in Sustainability Final Quiz
10 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  14/18 points to pass
10 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  14/18 points to pass You must score a minimum of 80% to pass this quiz and complete the course. You will have 5 attempts.
Eight Attributes of Contract Furniture
Eight Attributes of Contract Furniture Course
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package. Note you may need to disable your pop-up blocker to open the course in a new browser window. Once you launch the course you will be prompted through the content in order, but you can skip ahead or go back to review. You will need to view/listen to the majority of content slides in order to register this component as complete. Although there are exercises built into the course, after you've finished you will have the final quiz available as a separate component. YOU WILL HEAR AN AUDIO TRACK.
Eight Attributes of Contract Furniture Final Quiz
10 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  12/15 points to pass
10 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  12/15 points to pass You must score a minimum of 80% to pass this quiz and complete the course. You will have 5 attempts.
Healthy Materials Sourcing and Selection
Part 1: Introduction and Categories of Concern
Open to view video.
Open to view video. This 13 minute video introduces different healthy and harmful materials used in design.
Part 2: Recycled Materials and Allergens
Open to view video.
Open to view video. This 8 minute video focuses on recycled and allergen materials.
Part 3: Understanding Certifications and Conclusion
Open to view video.
Open to view video. This 8 minute video focuses on different certification and rating systems for the health and safety of materials.
Healthy Materials Sourcing and Selection Final Quiz
10 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  9/12 points to pass
10 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  9/12 points to pass You must score a minimum of 80% to pass the quiz. You will have up to 5 attempts to pass.
NEW! In Conversation: Product Intros and Perspectives
Segment 1: Wood Flooring
Open to view video.
Open to view video. Featuring Mindi Weichman, Design Director, Studio O+A, and Todd Youngs, Founder and Sales Representative – Northern California, Todd Contract.
Segment 2: Plumbing Fixtures
Open to view video.
Open to view video. Featuring Krista Ninivaggi, Allied ASID, Founder, K&CO, and Jason Reynolds, Director of Hospitality and Architecture and Design, Fortune Brands Global Plumbing Group.
Segment 3: Textiles
Open to view video.
Open to view video. Featuring Kia Weatherspoon, NCIDQ, ASID, President/ CEO, Determined by Design, and Melanie Ambridge, Sales Representative, Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering.