Terms & Definitions

ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act (http://www.ada.gov/)
Establishes requirements for ensuring equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation, and requiring the establishment of TDD/telephone relay services.

AIA – American Institutes of Architects (http://www.aia.org/)
A national professional association of architects.

ASID – American Society of Interior Designers (http://www.asid.org/)
A national organization for interior design professionals. (See below for local chapter)

CEU – Continuing Education Units (or CE – Continuing Education)

CHD - Center for Health Design (http://www.healthdesign.org/)
An organization that helps healthcare and design professionals to improve the quality of healthcare through the built environment using evidence based design.

CHEA - Council for Higher Education Accreditation (http://www.chea.org)
A non-profit organization of colleges and universities serving as the national advocate for voluntary self-regulation through accreditation.

CIDA – Council for Interior Design Accreditation (http://www.accredit-id.org/)
An independent, non-profit accrediting organization for interior design education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

CSI – Construction Specifications Institute (http://www.csinet.org/s_csi/index.asp)
A national association dedicated to creating standards and formats to improve construction documents and project delivery.

EDAC - Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification program (http://www.healthdesign.org/edac/about.php
Educates and assesses individuals on their understanding of how to base design decisions on available, credible evidence.

Epigenetic Design –“the practice of evidence based design predicated on the understanding of how and why the body and brain are directly affected by the built environment, and then utilizing that information to create an aesthetically pleasing space in which to work, shop, heal, learn, relax and call home.” Deborah Burnett (http.//www.deborahburnett.com)

FFDI– Foundation For Design Integrity (http://www.ffdi.org/)
Fosters integrity in the specification and procurement of interior and architectural products.

IALD– International Association of Lighting Designers (http://www.iald.org/)
An organization dedicated to the concerns of independent, professional lighting designers.

IBC – International Building Code
A model building code developed by the International Code Council (ICC). It has been adopted throughout most of the United States. (See below for NJ-BC)

ICC – International Code Council (http://www.iccsafe.org/Pages/default.aspx)
A membership association dedicated to building safety and fire prevention. ICC develops the codes and standards used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools.

IDEC – Interior Design Educators Council (http://www.idec.org/)
An association dedicated to the advancement of interior design education and scholarship.

IDCEC – Interior Design Continuing Education Council (http://www.idcec.org/)
Promotes lifelong learning and professional development for the interior design profession by serving as central entity for the sharing of CEU information, approval, and registration; and to provide strategic planning for CEU programming and activity. Continuing education in interior design is coordinated through IDCEC's member organizations:

  • The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID);
  • The Interior Designers of Canada (IDC);
  • The Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC);
  • The International Interior Design Association (IIDA);

IES – Illuminating Engineers Society (http://www.iesna.org/)
Publisher of lighting design and illumination standards.

IFMA – International Facilities Management Assocation (http://www.ifma.org/)
A professional association for facilities managers.

IIDA – International Interior Design Association (http://www.iida.org/)
A professional networking and educational association. (For NJ chapter - http://www.iida-panjde.org/)

InformeDesign (http://www.informedesign.umn.edu/)
It is an evidence-based web site that houses an extensive database of easy-to-read research summaries written for designers.

LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=1988)
The LEED green building certification program encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance.

LEED AP – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional
A person who has demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and familiarity with LEED requirements, resources and processes as designated by the USGBC.

NCIDQ – National Council for Interior Design Qualification (http://www.ncidq.org/)
The core purpose of NCIDQ is to protect the health, life safety and welfare of the public by establishing standards of competence in the practice of interior design.

NJ-ASID- New Jersey Chapter of American Society of Interior Designers (http://www.njasid.org/)

New Jersey Building Code - (http://www.state.nj.us/dca/codes/)

NJ-CID – New Jersey Certified Interior Designer (http://www.state.nj.us/oag/ca/proposal/intdespro919.htm)

STEP – (http://www.asid.org/bcdevelopment/step/stepworkshops.htm)
A study course to assist those preparing to sit for the NCIDQ exam.  STEP workshops are periodically conducted nationwide and are comprised of 20 hours of instruction over a 2 1/2-day period.

Universal Design – (http://www.design.ncsu.edu/cud/index.htm)
It is a design approach to a universally accessible standard in which all products, environments and communications will allow for the widest spectrum of people in our communities regardless of diversity, age and ability.