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IWBI and ASID Team Up to Promote Health and Wellness in the Design Community

BOSTON, Nov. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) announced at Greenbuild International Conference and Expo that they are teaming up to enhance WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) education for the design community. Beginning in February 2018, ASID members who have or receive IWBI's WELL Faculty designation will lead WELL AP exam preparation courses throughout the United States. ASID members will receive discounted pricing as a way to increase the opportunity for those in the design community to obtain the WELL AP credential.

"ASID is excited about this opportunity to make WELL education and exam prep more readily available to our members," said ASID CEO Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID. "Healthy living begins with design and our community is leading that work. Becoming WELL AP is a way to demonstrate that one has the expertise to create a space that is focused on the health and well-being of the occupants."

The WELL AP credential denotes expertise in the WELL Building Standard and a commitment to advancing human health and wellness in buildings and communities. WELL Accredited Professionals have demonstrated proficiency in the field of design, health, and wellness in the built environment through the WELL AP exam. Currently more than 2,000 people around the globe are WELL APs, with another 3,500 registered for the exam.

The ASID website contains information about the special Greenbuild WELL AP promotional package that includes exam registration, an e-textbook, a study guide, and a reservation for one of the WELL Faculty-led training sessions conducted by ASID members.

Following Greenbuild, ASID members and stakeholders can continue to access special discounted pricing for the exam prep bundle and training led by WELL Faculty members from ASID. Greenbuild is the official launch of the "Design Life, Design Well" campaign from ASID and IWBI. It will include marketing and promotional efforts to increase the visibility of the role of interior designers in creating healthier spaces and places.

"We are proud to partner with ASID to bring these resources directly to their members and stakeholders," said IWBI Chief Product Officer Rachel Gutter. "Their market leadership demonstrates a tremendous understanding of the importance of using our buildings and communities to help improve our health and well-being.  We are excited about the opportunities going forward."

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About the International WELL Building Institute™
The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is a public benefit corporation that is leading the movement to promote health and wellness in buildings and communities everywhere.  IWBI delivers the cutting-edge WELL Building Standard™ and the WELL Community Standard, performance-based systems for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of buildings and communities that impact the health and wellness of the people who live, work and learn in them. It also supports the growing number of professionals who seek WELL accreditation, as administered by GBCI.

About ASID
The American Society of Interior Designers believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society's programs, networks, and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional, and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidence-based and humancentric design to social responsibility, well-being, and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.

ASID was founded over 40 years ago when two organizations became one, but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As we celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership, we are leading the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big, and of the places we live with the places we work, play, and heal.

Contact: Joseph Cephas, VP Communications, ASID

SOURCE American Society of Interior Designers