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ASID Business Tools

Everything you need to build a strong and thriving business.

NAVIGATE TO BUSINESS SUCCESS

ASID understands the challenges associated with business ownership and has developed an exclusive set of member benefits designed to help you navigate the waters to long-term success. These must-have business tools offer our members protection, promotion, coverage, certification, education, and CEUs.

PROTECTION

Residential and Commercial Contract Packages

Business owners must shelter their organizations through strong contracts that limit liability and diminish risk. The ASID Residential and Commercial Contract Packages include a core letter agreement with multiple schedules and clear options for crafting complete, customizable contracts.

Business Liability Insurance

Created exclusively for ASID members by The Hanover and The Insurance Exchange, business liability insurance provides our members with peace of mind and protection from potential litigation.

PROMOTION

ASID Job Bank

Find your next opportunity and recruit new talent at the ASID Job Bank, your top resource for design industry career opportunities. ASID members receive five exclusive job postings per month, providing a streamlined employment process.

ThriveHive

An exclusive member benefit, ThriveHive is a marketing platform that will help you build your online presence, attract new clients, and grow your business. Create a marketing plan, a professional website, and learn to effectively manage your marketing efforts from one easy-to-use dashboard.

COVERAGE

Healthcare Resource

The Insurance Exchange has partnered with enhancedcareMD Smarter Choices to provide ASID members with an online resource for health insurance and healthcare services. Save time and money, compare plans, estimate tax subsidies, and enroll in the plan that’s best for you and your family.

Cover the Unexpected

Colonial Life and The Insurance Exchange offer ASID members a wide variety of supplemental insurance options that provide peace of mind when the unexpected happens. Exclusive ASID discounts on supplemental coverage are your financial safety net.

CERTIFICATIONS, EDUCATION, AND CEUS

NCIDQ Exam Prep

It is important for clients to know that interior designers distinguish themselves by demonstrating a specific set of competencies, supported by work experience, a college degree, and NCIDQ Certification – the standard for professional interior designers. ASID has identified several NCIDQ exam prep resources and offers special pricing.

WELL AP Certification

Administered by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)™, the WELL Building Standard® focuses exclusively on human health and wellness. Through a partnership with IWBI, ASID members receive an exclusive discount on registration for the WELL AP exam, exam prep workshops, and self-guided plans. The WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) credential denotes expertise in the WELL Building Standard™ and a commitment to advancing human health and wellness in buildings and communities.

Material ConneXion Library (MCX)

As an exclusive member benefit, all ASID members enjoy online access to the full MCX database of thousands of healthy and sustainable materials. Discover comprehensive product information, technical specifications, images, application information, manufacturer contact details, and much more.

Drive – Navigating Firm Endurance

The successful evolution and regeneration of your firm requires you to implement the path, process, and criteria that lead to your organization’s continued success. Drive explores the options and challenges associated with firm ownership and evolution and explains how to lay the groundwork for achievement through the cycle of growth, success, sustainment, and regeneration.

Business Strategy Solutions

The Business Strategies Solutions series on the ASID Academy will provide you with the essential skills and crucial tips you need to set your business up for success. Earn CEUs and strengthen your business acumen on your time, at your pace.

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Welcome to public comment for the WELL v2 pilot!

Welcome to public comment for the WELL v2 pilot!

On May 31 last year, we launched the WELL version 2 pilot: a leap forward for our standard that was co-created with our community, and done so with aspirations of accelerating our efforts to improve lives around the world.

Thanks to you, we’ve learned so much in the past year. Through the quarterly addenda process, we’ve been able to turn your ongoing insights into action, and have already made a number of important changes to the WELL v2 pilot standard. On its one year anniversary, we’re opening up a six-month public comment period: an exciting and important step as we prepare to move WELL v2 out of the pilot phase.

The intention behind a public comment period, a common process for rating systems and standards of all kinds, is simple but powerful. It’s a way to poll a community of users, collect feedback, and then use those insights to make meaningful upgrades and improvements.

At IWBI, we’re deeply invested in innovative strategies to accelerate market transformation. We strive to make WELL an expression of leadership and innovation and we want the process of public comment to reflect those same values.

For the next six months, you’ll be able to share your thoughts on a wide range of elements within the WELL v2 pilot – from feedback on scoring and certification levels to recommendations for enhancing WELL feature requirements.

Have an impassioned view on the methodology for circadian lighting? A strong feeling about thermal comfort blankets? A suggestion for an improvement to Feature V06 – Physical Activity Opportunities? We want to hear it!

Here’s where the process takes on a new sense of energy, transparency and dialogue: all of this will occur within a digital discussion forum that you can find right here, within the standard itself. In addition to sharing your own perspectives, you’ll also be able to view and respond to comments from others. The result will be a community-driven exchange of ideas, where you can agree or disagree with comments, and add your thoughts to existing threads. Instead of sending your insights off into a void, you’ll be contributing to a rich, dynamic and diverse discussion, unfolding in real time.

One of WELL’s greatest strengths is the brilliant community that surrounds it. After hosting nine roundtables in cities around the world to discuss WELL v2 ahead of its launch, we know that magic happens when we bring diverse perspectives into our test kitchen. Through this public comment process, we want to do more than serve updates to you. We want to build, grow and enhance the standard with you. And we’re grateful for your willingness to share what’s on your mind.

Your comments will aid us as we transition WELL v2 out of the pilot phase. After public comment wraps up, we will reconcile all of the insights and incorporate these perspectives into a final version of WELL v2 that has been thoroughly shaped by extensive contributions from our customers and advisors and reviewed by a governance body. In the coming months, throughout the public comment period, I’ll be hosting live, collaborative sessions with our Chief Engineer Nathan Stodola. Sign on and share your feedback directly with us.

Your participation in public comment will support our efforts to strengthen and continuously evolve and improve our standard. WELL can have a profound impact on human health worldwide, so long as we can rely on your help to learn, iterate and lead the charge.

At IWBI, we understand that the health of people and the health of our planet are inextricable; at scale, they’re one in the same. We believe that buildings can and should balance the health of people on the inside with the health of everyone else on the outside. After all, our buildings exhale what people on the sidewalk inhale. What our cars exhaust, we breathe in.

While anything and everything is on the table for public comment, our team’s aspiration has always been to avoid introducing unpiloted preconditions in moving WELL v2 out of pilot. While we’re proud to say that the majority of WELL Certified projects today have balanced considerations for people and planet, and sought a dual certification under both WELL and a green building rating system, we’re still bothered by the possibility that a project could achieve WELL Certification without sufficiently considering broader environmental impacts like greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water consumption and biodiversity. We’ve tried to encourage more projects to pursue dual certification by awarding projects with five extra points under Feature I05, Green Building Rating Systems, but is that enough? We’d like your feedback on a new WELL v2 precondition that, if introduced, would require all projects to consider the broader environmental impacts of their design and operational choices. We know that introducing a new precondition, especially an unpiloted one, could be disruptive but we also think that the reward may very well outweigh the risk. As you’re partaking in public comment, we invite you to let us know what you think about adding this potential new feature.

Thank you for your passion for WELL, and your desire to use it as a vehicle to enhance the human experience and change lives for the better. We hope you’ll spread the word to your colleagues and contacts and help us to collect a diverse and expansive set of perspectives that will help us take WELL to the next level.

I look forward to reading your comments as they roll in, and building the future of our standard together.

Be well,
Rachel

Instructions & user guide

Getting started

  • Sign in or create a WELL Online account: you’ll need one to participate in public comment.
  • Navigate to the part of the standard that you wish to comment on. Note thatgeneral comments should be submitted on the WELL Building Standard Overview page.
  • Look for the blue public comment icon in the bottom right hand corner of your screen. When you click on it, a comment box will appear. Use this box to submit and respond to comments.

Opportunities for feedback

  • The following sections are open for WELL v2 public comment:
    • Standard overview
      • Share general WELL v2 pilot comments.
      • Share comments on scoring and certification.
    • 10 WELL concepts
      • Share concept-specific comments.
    • WELL v2 features
      • Share comments on the feature intent and background.
    • Feature parts
      • Share comments on scope, requirements, standards, thresholds, verification methods and/or terminology.
      • Please be sure to specify the particular option, requirement or verification method your comment refers to, if applicable.

Types of comments

Here are some guidelines and thought-starters for the types and quality of comments we’re looking for.

  • Scientific evidence: Comment that opposes or supports the evidence behind a feature. Please include relevant links and citations.
  • Project implementation: Comment on challenges with feature implementation. Please include the project type and location.
  • Performance verification: Comment on performance verification protocols outlined in the Performance Verification Guidebook[a]. Please leave your performance verification feedback on the corresponding feature part and include suggested changes.
  • Feature language: If you think that a feature intent can be met by a strategy not included in the feature language or “strategies” section, you may suggest new or modified requirements. Please include supporting evidence and/or case studies.
  • Voice of support: If you strongly support a section, please add in your comment as a voice of support along with evidence and/or case studies.

Publishing a comment

  • Look to see if somebody posted something similar to what you are going to write. If yes, you can simply click “agree” in order to show support, and, if desired, respond to the comment.
  • Remember to prepare relevant information and links before you begin writing.
  • Confirm that the comment is being submitted for the appropriate section. Note that a published comment cannot be deleted.
  • Since WELL is an evidence-based rating system, include links to supporting evidence in the form of research studies, industry white papers or case studies.
  • You do not have to provide solutions to the challenges you highlight, but please clearly convey the challenges faced in detail.

Responding to a comment

  • Be courteous to fellow commentators – remember we are all working toward the same mission.
  • Agree: If you see a comment that reflects the intent of your comment, click “agree” and/or add a response comment.
  • Disagree: If you disagree with a comment, click “disagree” and respond to the comments with the reason why you disagree. A response is mandatory for anyone who “disagrees” with a comment.
  • Respond: If you would like to add to the discussion, you can directly respond to a comment without clicking “agree” or “disagree.”

Suggested comment & response format

Drawing a blank, or looking for a template to work from? We’ve got you covered. Use the templates below, if you’d like, to jump start your participation in public comment.

  • Comment

    I would like to [support/raise concerns about] [INSERT CONCERN] for this [Concept / Feature / Part]. The reason for my [support / concern] is [INSERT REASON]. I suggest the following change: [INSERT PROPOSED CHANGE]. Here are links to supporting documentation: [INSERT LINKS TO SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION / EVIDENCE].

  • Response

    I [agree/disagree] with this comment. The reason is [INSERT REASON FOR SUPPORT / CONCERN]. Here are links to supporting documentation: [INSERT LINKS TO SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION / EVIDENCE].

Keep in mind

We look forward to convening a productive and courteous dialogue. Here’s some guidance on how you can ensure your comment is in line with IWBI’s policies.

  • You comment should not:
    • Advertise or focus on the performance of a product and/or how it meets feature requirements.
    • Include profanity, obscenity or offensive remarks.
  • IWBI has the right to remove a comment that:
    • Includes profanity, obscenity or offensive remarks.
    • Advertises commercial products.
    • Contains copyrighted material or confidential information.
    • Violates IWBI’s Terms of Use.

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ASID 2019 Interior Design Salaries & Benefits Report

The world is a competitive marketplace. As a profession that provides specialized services and requires a variety of both hard and soft skills, professionals in the interior design field must craft their competitive edge with unique characteristics and skill sets that will lead to success in the profession. Employers must understand and identify these characteristics to attract, retain, and grow talent.

The purpose of the ASID 2019 Interior Design Salaries & Benefits General Report is to empower the interior design professional with the tools to design their own purposeful career, and for employers to generate creative fuel that supports professionals and advances their businesses. The report provides an overview of the interior design business and today’s professional using data collected from the ASID Compensation and Fee Benchmarking survey. Subsequent reports will provide deeper analysis with additional focus on career opportunities and firm characteristics.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The median salary for interior design professionals is $70K, while the median hourly rate is $30 per hour. The median salary for sole practitioners specifically is $50K.
  • A gender gap in pay exists, especially at higher job levels. Males were typically at higher job levels with a median salary $19K higher than females.
  • Firm specialization can result in salary differences. The median salary is $14K higher at commercial firms than residential firms.
  • Education degrees have an impact on salary. The median salary for survey respondents with a Bachelor’s degree is $17K higher than those with some college education and no degree.
  • NCIDQ certification makes a difference. The median salary is $16K higher for NCIDQ certified designers as compared to those not currently holding any type of certifications or credentials.
  • Work satisfaction in general is high; however, professionals were significantly more satisfied with their position compared to the overall interior design profession.
  • The firm plays an essential role in nurturing talent that further advances the profession.
  • Professionals, firms, and the industry must work together to cultivate the creative and meaningful design that impacts lives.

GENERAL REPORT ONLY

General Report Non-member price: $150
General Report Member price: $50

BUNDLE

General Report, Career Report, Firm Report (Career and Firm Reports to follow in Summer 2019)

Bundle Non-member price: $475
Bundle member price: $150

SUPER BUNDLE

General Report, Career Report, Firm Report, and ASID 2019 Outlook and State of the Industry Report(Career and Firm Reports to follow in Summer 2019)

Super Bundle Non-member price: $675
Super Bundle member price: $150

CAREER REPORT ONLY (COMING SUMMER 2019)

Career Report Non-member price: $200
Career Report Member price: $75

 

FIRM REPORT ONLY (COMING SUMMER 2019)

Firm Report Non-member price: $200
Firm Report Member price: $75

*Not an ASID member? Join today to save on these reports and gain a professional advantage through the amazing benefits of ASID membership.

BE A MEMBER

 

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ASID Business Tools

Everything you need to build a strong and thriving business.

NAVIGATE TO BUSINESS SUCCESS

ASID understands the challenges associated with business ownership and has developed an exclusive set of member benefits designed to help you navigate the waters to long-term success. These must-have business tools offer our members protection, promotion, coverage, certification, education, and CEUs.

PROTECTION

Residential and Commercial Contract Packages

Business owners must shelter their organizations through strong contracts that limit liability and diminish risk. The ASID Residential and Commercial Contract Packages include a core letter agreement with multiple schedules and clear options for crafting complete, customizable contracts.

Business Liability Insurance

Created exclusively for ASID members by The Hanover and The Insurance Exchange, business liability insurance provides our members with peace of mind and protection from potential litigation.

PROMOTION

ASID Job Bank

Find your next opportunity and recruit new talent at the ASID Job Bank, your top resource for design industry career opportunities. ASID members receive five exclusive job postings per month, providing a streamlined employment process.

ThriveHive

An exclusive member benefit, ThriveHive is a marketing platform that will help you build your online presence, attract new clients, and grow your business. Create a marketing plan, a professional website, and learn to effectively manage your marketing efforts from one easy-to-use dashboard.

COVERAGE

Healthcare Resource

The Insurance Exchange has partnered with enhancedcareMD Smarter Choices to provide ASID members with an online resource for health insurance and healthcare services. Save time and money, compare plans, estimate tax subsidies, and enroll in the plan that’s best for you and your family.

Cover the Unexpected

Colonial Life and The Insurance Exchange offer ASID members a wide variety of supplemental insurance options that provide peace of mind when the unexpected happens. Exclusive ASID discounts on supplemental coverage are your financial safety net.

CERTIFICATIONS, EDUCATION, AND CEUS

NCIDQ Exam Prep

It is important for clients to know that interior designers distinguish themselves by demonstrating a specific set of competencies, supported by work experience, a college degree, and NCIDQ Certification – the standard for professional interior designers. ASID has identified several NCIDQ exam prep resources and offers special pricing.

WELL AP Certification

Administered by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)™, the WELL Building Standard® focuses exclusively on human health and wellness. Through a partnership with IWBI, ASID members receive an exclusive discount on registration for the WELL AP exam, exam prep workshops, and self-guided plans. The WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) credential denotes expertise in the WELL Building Standard™ and a commitment to advancing human health and wellness in buildings and communities.

Material ConneXion Library (MCX)

As an exclusive member benefit, all ASID members enjoy online access to the full MCX database of thousands of healthy and sustainable materials. Discover comprehensive product information, technical specifications, images, application information, manufacturer contact details, and much more.

Drive – Navigating Firm Endurance

The successful evolution and regeneration of your firm requires you to implement the path, process, and criteria that lead to your organization’s continued success. Drive explores the options and challenges associated with firm ownership and evolution and explains how to lay the groundwork for achievement through the cycle of growth, success, sustainment, and regeneration.

Business Strategy Solutions

The Business Strategies Solutions series on the ASID Academy will provide you with the essential skills and crucial tips you need to set your business up for success. Earn CEUs and strengthen your business acumen on your time, at your pace.

Continue reading ASID Business Tools