The IDIBC acknowledges the scientific evidence that climate change is occurring with significant impacts on humanity, biodiversity, and habitats in BC and globally. It is imperative to reimagine the role of Interior Designers as stewards of a circular economy in the design and construction industry. The IDIBC is committed to forwarding initiatives that will support members’ education and practices as they work to mitigate and adapt to climate change in tangible ways.

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To start, the IDIBC is forming an expert group of RIDs, RID Educators, and Intern members as part of a Climate Action & Innovation initiative! In addition to green credentials being a prerequisite to join the initiative, members practicing and teaching sustainable design and performing research will be preferred. RID Educators from BC CIDA-accredited programs are encouraged to join the initiative to fully integrate sustainability education in the curriculum and engage students and schools. A multi-disciplinary advisory group will also be formed to consider synergies associated with a holistic approach to interior design.


The resources and tools below are intended to support IDIBC members in addressing climate change through design excellence and innovative technologies. Many of the organizations below offer extensive learning opportunities with programs, courses, conferences, and events.

Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)

The CaGBC is a non-profit, national organization whose mission is to lead and accelerate the transformation to high-performing, healthy green buildings, homes and communities throughout Canada. The CaGBC is the license holder for the LEED Green Building Rating Systems in Canada.

GBCI Canada

GBCI provides Canadian customer service and expert guidance to streamline and accelerate the delivery of GBCI’s sustainability certification and credentialing programs including: LEED, TRUE and WELL.

International Living Future Institute (ILFI)

The ILFI’s mission is to lead the transformation toward a civilization that is socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative. ILFI has numerous programs including Living Future Challenge and Transparency Labels, such as DECLARE, a nutrition labeling program for products.

International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™)

The IWBI is leading the global movement to transform our buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive. The WELL Building Standard is a certification program to advance health and well-being in buildings globally.

Passive House Canada (PHC)

PHC is a non-profit, national professional association whose mission is to make the International Passive House high-performance building standard understood, achievable, and adopted by government, industry, professionals, and homeowners across Canada through education, advocacy, events, and building projects.

Sustainable Minds Transparency Catalog

The Sustainable Minds Transparency Catalog enables sourcing manufacturers investing in product transparency organized using Masterformat divisions and sections. The building products catalog offers a single source for Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPDs) in North America, with disclosures required to meet product transparency credits and criteria in green building rating systems.

Further Reading

The Circular Economy: Part One
by Robert Atkinson of Interior Architects

An introduction to the core principles of the circular economy, how they relate to the design and construction industries, and why they are imperative.

The Circular Economy: Part Two
by Robert Atkinson of Interior Architects

Part two considers examples alongside their application for designers, contractors, manufacturers, and facilities managers, and we will explore specific applications of these principles for designers, including integration with programs already in place such as WELL, LEED and BREEAM.

While the IDIBC is providing links to other websites and documents for ease of access, the IDIBC does not endorse the content of these external resources. Nor does the IDIBC assume responsibility or liability for the content of external resources.