Chris Good 
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Re: “Regulate This

Many thanks Chris.
The common misconception that bad design is harmless is both sad and dangerous.

Twelve lives were lost in Norfolk, four lost in Roanoke County due to fires in 1989. The deaths were directly attributed to the interior content of the facilities.

Certification for interior design ensures the same level of expertise, knowledge, education, and execution goes into the development of the interior environment as it does the building shell.

Tragedies like these may never be entirely prevented, however good practices ensure that the interior environment is as safe as possible. Sadly, fire can claim lives in as little as five minutes due to smoke inhalation or the release of toxic fumes. This can occur so quickly and rapidly that fire supression systems (if they exist) may sometimes not even engage until well after that five minute window has passed. The selection of appropriate materials and finishes, and the proper layout and configuration of interior facilities ensures that the interior environement is as safe as it can be made - both prior to the iginiton of a fire, or after.

Neither architects, nor building inspectors, nor any other proffessional service has as much direct responsibility to the safety of the interior environment as do Certified Interior Designers.

Posted by Chris Good on 12/13/2011 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Regulate This

Thank you for the article raising the awareness of issues related to interior design deregulation in Virginia.

There are several items not highlighted in the article I hope to stress which have a major impact on this issue.

Regulation not only allows interior designers and architects to operate as partners and competitors in the marketplace, it also protects the welfare of the public by ensuring only qualified individuals make decisions impacting fire and life safety.

A 2009 study identified that interior designers have the greatest impact on these specific issues as they relate to the interior content of a building. A last line of defense in some ways for the safety of public buildings.

Additionally, as a cost savings measure this proposal is a dud. The Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation which regulates architects, interior designers, and engineers is self-funded through dues and fees. It does not cost the state a penny. DPOR could quite possibly be a model for the way good government should operate.

lastly, unlike Mr. McNamara's claims to the contrary, Certification of interior designers in Virginia only protects the use of the title "Certified". Anyone may currently practice interior design in Virginia with no restrictions whatsoever.

Interior design regulation protects the welfare of the public, increases business opportunities, and is a model for accountable government.

Leave Virginia's protections for business and the public in place.

Christopher Good.

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Posted by Chris Good on 12/06/2011 at 4:04 PM

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