Making it Easier to be Green
Green design includes energy conservation, but that's not what it's all about. It's about having good air quality both indoors and outdoors, making the environments in which we work, live, study and play healthier and more comfortable and conserving all of our natural resources.
This site will provide a balanced, holistic view that includes advice about saving energy, water and other natural resources, improving indoor air quality, using environmentally responsible design and construction techniques and minimizing waste.

I will be focusing on interiors for three reasons:

  • We spend about 90% of our time indoors.
  • Buildings in the United States annually consume about 30% of our total energy and 75% of our electricity.
  • As a New York State Certified Interior Designer and a LEED Accredited Professional, I want to share my knowledge and expertise with you.
Sustainable design and construction can be done in many different styles and using a wide variety of materials. There are examples of healthy, sustainable, comfortable and inviting interiors for commercial, not-for-profit and residential clients on the web site for Interior Design Solutions.
You can use the labels on the sidebar to locate entries that you want to read. For instance, most people might want to look at the entries for "Green Homes," but "Green Finance" would be of more interest to professionals involved in the design, construction, management, financing and marketing of buildings.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Attention Building Owners -

Go Green to Make Green

If you are evaluating sustainable initiatives for your buildings purely based upon a simple payback, you may be missing the boat. Energy Star buildings command an average rent premium of about 20% over their peers. Occupancy rates of LEED Buildings are increasing as those of their peers are decreasing. And those figures don’t come from USGBC, AIA or any other entity that has a strong interest in sustainable design and construction. The figures come from CoStar, a service that in the words of a TV detective who was popular when I was a child, reports “The facts, ma’am, nothing but the facts.”

Even a simple calculation of ROI for many sustainable initiatives proves that “going green” is good for business. The incremental cost of sustainable design and construction is decreasing and energy costs are increasing.

Federal, state and local governments are encouraging (to put it mildly) sustainable design and construction. Right now everyone seems to be focusing on the carrots, rather than the very big sticks that they are also holding.

Real Estate, like every business, is driven by supply and demand. If you don’t pay attention to the demand for sustainable building, you’re likely to find yourself with a very big supply of empty space.

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