The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), in partnership with Interiors & Sources magazine, announces the inaugural year of the Bloom Awards, which recognize achievements of sustainable products in interior commercial design. With entries due by Sept. 15, the contest will choose a product winner in five different categories: furniture, flooring, textiles, lighting and innovative materials.
Bloom Award submissions will be judged upon:
— The extent to which the product is environmentally innovative and aesthetically pleasing
— How the product promotes sustainability, including — but not limited to — energy savings, recycled content, recyclability, life cycle assessments and end-of-life management
— Materials selection within the manufacturing process (such as substitution of hazardous and toxic chemicals for those that are less harmful)
— Resource efficiency within the manufacturing process (particularly water and energy use)
— Recycling and waste management within the manufacturing process
— Recycling and waste management after the product has completed its life cycle
Entries must be submitted electronically here. Product samples may be sent to ASID headquarters, attn. Korenna Cline at 608 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington DC.
The entry fee is $395 for the first product submitted; each additional product is $145. To be eligible, the product must have been introduced to the marketplace after Dec. 31, 2006. Product concepts will not be accepted. Third-party sustainability certifications of product entries are not required, but will be taken into consideration during the judging process.
For more information, go here. For specific questions, contact Allison Kundel at firstname.lastname@example.org.