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.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Find Hole, Plug Hole, Save Money

One of the best ways to save energy is often overlooked, perhaps because it's so simple. While I'm using a single-family home for illustration, the same techniques are just as effective for apartment houses and commercial buildings. If you find air leaks and seal them you can often save about 15% on your energy bills.

Air leaks occur not only in ductwork, windows and around doors, but in any place in which a wall, ceiling or floor has a hole. It's easier to install things like plumbing and appliances with nice, big holes, but contractors often fail to close up the holes when their work is done.

Often people fail to insulate all of the areas they should, like underneath the floorboards on the first floor.

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