By holistically considering all aspects of the creation and use of materials, designers can improve the health of the planet and the people on it. AIA developed the Architecture & Design Materials Pledge to inspire members to shift the way in which we evaluate the products and finishes that we specify daily.
The A&D Materials Pledge considers five aspects when evaluating products and finishes: human health, social health & equity, ecosystem health, climate health, and a circular economy. This guide walks you through each of the pledge statements and steps your firm can take to more consciously support the goals of the Materials Pledge.
Upon signing the AIA Materials Pledge, this starter guide is helpful in proposing steps you can take to actively incorporate the goals of the pledge into your daily work.
It can also serve as a framework for client conversations and a tool for gaining support for healthy material strategies for projects.