Lake Nona Institute Joins ASID to Create Healthier Spaces

The Lake Nona Institute has joined the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) in its 2014 Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) Commitment to Action to develop the ASID Protocols for Health and Wellness in Design. The Lake Nona Institute is the 12th organization to sign on to the three-year ASID commitment to develop integrated education and technology tools that help design professionals create healthier spaces through smarter building design and construction.

“The Lake Nona Institute is at the leading edge of developing a holistic approach to health and wellness in our communities,” says ASID CEO Randy Fiser. “As a partner in developing the ASID Protocols for Health and Wellness in Design they offer their Lake Nona facilities that will enable us to test and refine the protocols we are developing.”

The Lake Nona Institute is a nonprofit, community-focused organization that develops, activates, and measures the impact of innovative technologies and programs that can become global models for building healthy, sustainable, and inspired communities. As a partner in the ASID CGI America Commitment to Action, the Lake Nona Institute will provide venues throughout the Lake Nona community and Lake Nona Medical City to demonstrate and pilot health and wellness design protocols within the context of an integrated community.

“In collaboration with our CGI partners, The Lake Nona Institute is committed to accelerating the planning, design, and construction of healthier living and working spaces by using Lake Nona facilities as test beds and models for healthy design,” says Gloria Caulfield, director of Health & Wellness for the Lake Nona Institute.

Lake Nona Institute announced joining the CGI America Commitment to Action during the Lake Nona Impact Forum, held Feb. 25-27 at Lake Nona Medical City in Orlando, Fla. Lake Nona is a 7,000-acre integrated community, which is home to one of the fastest-growing life sciences clusters in the nation, and serves as a model for the design of a comprehensive, healthy community. The Lake Nona Impact Forum annually brings together more than 250 thought leaders from business, academia, government and industry sectors that are driving creative, innovative health and wellness solutions to move the needle on healthcare expenditures nationally and globally.

In 2014, ASID announced its CGI America Commitment to Action to develop health and wellness protocols for design, products, and healthcare that will include Health Product Declarations (HPDs), Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) Certified Products, Evidence-Based Design, Biophilic Design, and Active Design Principles. The protocols will be used by architects and interior designers to create spaces that promote occupant health and wellness across multiple building types and specify the use of healthier products and materials. Ultimately, ASID and its partners will train 40,000 interior designers and architects across the country to use these protocols to create spaces that promote occupants’ health and to specify healthier products and materials.

Lake Nona institute joins the following 11 organizations in the ASID CGI America Commitment to Action: AkzoNobel, Saint-Gobain Corp./CertainTeed, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, Gensler, National Institutes of Health/Health in Buildings Roundtable, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)/Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA), Delos Living/International WELL Building Institute, Meyer Scherer Rockcastle Ltd. (MSR), Steelcase, The Vitality Institute and Wolf-Gordon.

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