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The Impact Of Extreme Weather Events On Interior Design

When considering the impact of extreme weather events on the built environment, the focus is often on a facility’s exterior. But what about the effects of extreme weather and climate events on interior design?

That’s the question the American Society of Interior Designers and Chemical Insights Research Institute of UL Research Institutes set out to explore with a new study. Focusing on the intersection between science and interior design, “ASID Impact of Design Brief: Climate, Building Resiliency & Human Health” is the first of two free resources from ASID and CIRI.

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The extreme weather brief examines the current state of the environment from a chemical landscape perspective and proposes how its three leading topics — climate, building resiliency and human health — can be better considered in an evolving design practice. The brief explores how weather events impact the built environment and interior design, the effects of extreme weather on human health and building resilience, and insight into designing for the future.

A second brief from the ASID-CIRI team, slated for release in the coming months, will focus on the effects of heat.

“Designers and collaborators in the built environment bear the responsibility to improve human health through their work, and to consider new strategies in support of building resiliency,” said Khoi Vo, chief executive officer, ASID. “With the increase of extreme weather events and climate change, the interior design profession must be well-equipped to better understand and incorporate resilient solutions into their practices. We are grateful to CIRI for lending their expertise to our community and contributing to this valuable project.”

The Impact Of Extreme Weather Events

Extreme weather events and climate impacts are increasingly affecting people’s everyday lives; ASID’s “2024 Trends Outlook Report” found that two-thirds of Americans have experienced extreme weather events. These types of events react with building materials and chemicals, creating new challenges in the built environment. With this uptick in mind, ASID’s research with Chemical Insights offers interior designers the opportunity to move from a reactive to proactive approach to help mitigate the risk of these climate-related impacts and foster a positive impact on occupant health…

Click here to read the full article on Facility Executive.

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Building Resiliency, built environment, Business Resiliency, Chemical Insights Research Institute (CIRI), Climate, Climate Change, Extreme Weather, human health, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), interior design, UL Research Institutes

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