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  1. CPD award 23 terrace at RIBA HQ


    Me with my BIID CPD award '23 on the terrace at the RIBA HQ in London yesterday ✨🎉
    I'm a big advocate for education. My retired parents worked in education.
    This profession is a pretty scary one without one. Interior design is unregulated, anyone can be an interior designer. It's a profession that requires a lot of learning. Apart from anything, we expose ourselves to risk when working for clients. Continued learning is essential in my opinion as is membership of the government recognised institute for our profession - the British Institute of Interior Design
    I'm extremely grateful for my free education, and am concerned for those who now can't seek out their potential in the way we were able. Course fees are so high. We did voice our concern and anger about it when fees and student loans came in. I worry we didn't do it enough though.
    I haven't stopped learning since leaving university 30 years ago.
    From converting to interior design to learning about business and marketing, to following all my interests within sustainability - exploring vegan design, human centric design and regenerative design, taking lots of courses to support that.
    Sharing knowledge (and collaborating!) is vital to speeding along change in the face of the climate and biodiversity crisis we are in.
    Please join us by signing the pledge at where we can help each other.
    THE reason for joining the BIID was to formalise this learning, supplemented by their own range of continuing professional development courses. I've diligently recorded all of my CPD every year - because for the whole 10 years I've been a member - I have wanted to win this CPD award - and now I have!!
    Thank you to my friend and past BIID president Lori Pinkerton Rollet for encouraging me to join all those years ago 😍
    Thank you too for all the support I've had from the BIID community for the book I'm writing for RIBA Publishing on sustainable interior design.
    And WELL DONE and THANK YOU to past president Susie Rumbold who received the Merit Award yesterday for all she has done for designers and our industry. I hope you've all bought a copy of the BIID Interior Design Project Book!
    For the last year I've been studying the Living Building Challenge curriculum - which is a whole host of courses on Regenerative Design...

    1. Living Building Challenge - Full, Imperative and Petal certification - for new, existing buildings, interior and landscapes
    2. Living Community Challenge - regenerative communities
    3. Living Product Challenge - regenerative and social just products
    4. Biophilic Design
    5. Healthy Materials
    6. Urban Agriculture
    7. Core Green Building Certification
    8. Declare label - ‘nutrition label’ for healthier building materials and products
    9. Just label - Tools to promote corporate transparency and employee engagement while helping to create a better, more socially just and equitable world
    10. Reveal label - high performance building energy label
    11. Zero Carbon - standard to measure actual decarbonisation of a building design - embodied and operational
    12. Zero Energy - independently verified highly efficient buildings that rely only on clean energy from the sun, wind or earth 


    Learning through case studies I've learnt "what good looks like". 

    The study has deepened my understanding and knowledge of regenerative design, along with appreciation of the wide span of tools to use to certify products, projects and communities provided by the International Living Future Institute.  I'm now Living Future Accredited.


  3. B Corp Materialise Interiors
    When I first heard about B Corp I was instantly interested after working for an ethical business for so long. Much of it echoed with what The Body Shop International did - monitored by themselves. I could see from inside the business that it wasn't always the most convenient set of requirements - but it kept the business true to its purpose and I respected and admired The Body Shop greatly for being authentic and true to their values and purpose in business.
    My own business I set up straight from leaving The Body Shop was based on what I'd learnt there in the previous 10 years. Respect for those who I do business with, banking, what impact my own business has through the work I do, and minimising the impact on people, planet and animals.
    The Body Shop have gone on to be the largest BCorp as part of their owning company Natura .... and guess what....
    After nearly 9 months I'm so glad to tell you I have completed the process with a score of 98 (far higher than the 80 points required). I have just signed the B Corporation certification declaration. This micro interior design business consisting of me working part time at best thanks to volunteering duties and book writing for @RIBA is now a B Corp too! It means a lot to me to achieve this as such a tiny business.
    I know that badges are not necessary and we can do it all anyway (because I've been doing that for nearly 18 years) but It's a much needed boost after quite bumpy times in business which I have been fortunate to survive. I want to be part of something positive and connect to those other businesses through this movement, to improve faster and together and to influence those around us.  

    I've done it to show if I can do it - it's possible for any size of business.
    So if you are reading this, please start the process .....

    1.  At least back the Better Business Act and push for the Companies Act to include people, planet as well as profit (free!)

    2.  Set UNSDG goals using the SDG tool (free!)

    3.  Start the B Corp process using the B Lab Impact Assessment tool (free!)

    Just requires effort!



    Chloe Bullock | Materialise Interiors — Animal, human and planet friendly interior design | Brighton's award winning BIID Registered Interior Designer® | VEGANDESIGNORG CERTIFIED™ | FitWel ®
    Ambassador | FRSA | interior design Sussex and South East | homes and businesses | #interiordesignerbrighton #interiordesignbrighton #interiordesignsussex #humancentreddesign #designforhealthandwellness #greendesign #responsibledesign #compassionateinteriordesign #sustainabledesign #ecodesign #consciousdesign #vegandesign #veganinteriordesign #regenerativedesign #materialiseinteriors #interiordesign #LivingFutureAccredited #BCorp