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HALIFAX, NS –November 1, 2012 - The Nova Scotia Building Advisory Committee and the Interior Designers of Nova Scotia (IDNS) are pleased to announce recent amendments to the Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations. The amendments add a new Letter of Undertaking and Interior Designer’s Seal to all final documents within an interior designer’s scope of practice. The amendments come into effect November 1, 2012.

“These amendments represent an interior designer’s commitment to the standards of the profession,” says IDNS president, Fran Underwood. “It signifies to the public that we accept professional responsibility for standards of care and excellence put forth by our profession.”

By submitting a Letter of Undertaking with drawings, a Registered interior designer assumes the responsibility to ensure that all inspections are made and abide by the Nova Scotia Building Code.

Issued to all Registered interior designers, the Seal must be used to identify all work prepared by, or under direct supervision of, a Registered interior designer as part of interior design services rendered to the public.

Nova Scotia is the only province with an Interior Design Practice Act, meaning that under this legislation, no person can practise interior design in Nova Scotia without being a member in good standing with IDNS (architects and engineers are exempt). These amendments further reinforce the province’s role in the protection of the health, safety and welfare of its citizens and the understanding of an interior designers’ scope of practice.  

About IDNS
Established in 1975, Interior Designers of Nova Scotia is committed to promoting and advancing the knowledge, skill and proficiency of its members and administers the Interior Designers Act, to protect and serve public interest. IDNS is the only province with Interior Design Practice Act legislation. For more information on IDNS, visit www.idns.ca.

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