November 2018 Newsletter
Meet our Emerging Professionals Chair
Hello Everyone,

I am the Emerging Professional Chair for our ASID Chapter Board, and recently graduated from UNLV with a degree in Interior Architecture and Design. I am excited about joining the Interior Design field, while focusing on hospitality. 

As an emerging professional, I am still learning about different aspects of the job. My goal as Emerging Professionals Chair is to provide opportunities for learning to the other emerging professional members.  If there is anything that I can assist with or answers I can hunt down for you, please feel free to reach out to me.  

I'm very excited to share with you that we have created a Facebook Group, just for those of you who, like me, identify as Emerging Design Professionals! It is THE place to go, 
where you can ask those questions that only a seasoned designer will know. Our esteemed Chapter Board members are available and willing answer all of our questions.  I hope that 
all of our  emerging professionals will join this group. We'd love for you to share your experiences as a new designer. Wouldn't it be nice to know that there are others, just like you, who are experiencing the same sorts of transitions and challenges? Join me at:

I look forward to meeting more fellow ASID members in the coming year! 


Welcome our New Members 
and Industry Partners!!

An Opportunity To Help Others  

Las Vegas Area Events:

The RSVP Page has closed, please contact Kara Maas at
to let her know that you have decided to come. 
We look forward to seeing you there!


Sacramento Area Events:
All Areas: Free CEU Webinar
November 7th at  11 AM (PDT) 
The purpose of this CEU is to illuminate the different stages of the lighting manufacturing process from concept to completion. The CEU outlines design and prototypes, followed by an overview of machining and tooling processes, including CNC machinery, laser cutting and lathing. It takes a look at fabrication, including TIG master welding and other types of metalworking, followed by artisan techniques such as forging, stamping and handworking. Lastly, it covers finishing processes, including painting and powder coating, and gives an overview of LEDs and specialty manufacturing.

National Student Competition
Las Vegas Save the Date!

Sacramento Save the Date!

ProSource CEU and Holiday Event
More Event Details to Follow...
Emerging Professionals Corner

What a great resource to get all of your questions answered by our experienced professional designers on the ASID Chapter Board!


Gradients of Green is a LEED-Platinum certified single family home that referenced the WELL Building Standard in its design. As the personal residence of Laura Britt, ASID, owner and principal of Laura Britt Design, the objective was to implement both environmental and health and wellness aspects of sustainability in a residential space for the family. The building was also intended to serve as a role model for universal design/accessibility in residential architecture, and to be an example of a home showcasing thoughtful 'visitability.'
Utilizing various healthy and sustainable design strategies in the architecture, spatial layout, and overall product selection, the project created a healthy building, inside and out, with strong visual connection between key interior areas and easy access to outside from the main public and private areas.

The Design Challenge
Design and build a healthy, sustainable, smart, high performing home with a strong connection to the outdoors to experiment and model healthy design and building.
The Design Solution 
  • Applied healthy living features that support enhanced indoor air quality (IAQ), healthy food prep, and filtered water.
  • Minimized energy footprint by installing LED lighting, efficient appliances, a rooftop solar power system, and a charging hookup for an electric car.
  • Minimized water use by installing efficient plumbing fixtures and a rooftop rainwater collection system.
  • Considered design solutions for aging in place, including an ADA ramp for access into the home, universal design features, and a pier and beam foundation that provides subtle shock absorption for joints.
  • A strong connection to the outdoors in consideration of solar orientation, sightlines, and access to the outdoors, a large outdoor living area, and a nationally certified landscape.
  • Reduced waste significantly by donating original home to another family rather than adding demolition waste to the landfill.
  • Produced more energy by solar array than consumed. From June 2017 to May 2018, solar panels produced 14,040 KwH and the house consumed 11,093 KwH.
  • The tankless water heater, only igniting when hot water is needed, uses less energy than a standard electric water heater and reduces CO2 output compared to traditional tank heaters.
  • All electrical lighting fixtures were specified as LED for high efficiency purposes, using as little as 15 percent of the energy of conventional lighting with a life expectancy up to 50,000 hours.

Personal residence of Laura Britt, ASID
The client is a family of three. Mother and son have a history of respiratory problems. This design project is a case study platform to implement both environmental and health and wellness aspects of sustainability in a residential space.

  • Designer: Laura Britt Design
  • Architectural Consultant: Tom Tornbjerg, AIA
  • Builder: Bonterra Build Design, Austin Pitner
  • Sustainability Consultant: Green Building -- Austin Energy
  • LEED Consultant: US-EcoLogic
  • Solar Power: Revolve Solar

Link to Case Brief 

by Laura Britt Design

Link to Full Article


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