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 11, 2009

A Green Classic

Sustainable design is often mistakenly associated with certain materials that are very much of the moment, but a classic design that reflects its architectural context and will never go out of style is actually more sustainable in the long term.

A small kitchen like this one uses less energy and other resources than a large one, but needs to be well designed to function properly. Creating adequate counter space and storage while incorporating a full sized dishwasher, a large microwave and even a wine cooler into an irregularly- shaped 88 square foot kitchen is a challenge even for an experienced design professional.

Some of the features that make this kitchen sustainable are:

  • Design is timeless and suitable for its setting
  • Size is compact, minimizing use of raw materials
  • Materials are durable
  • Appliances are Energy Star rated
  • Lights are on dimmers
  • Paints and adhesives contain minimal volatile organic compounds
  • Cabinets are made from sustainable resources and contain no added urea formaldehyde
  • Tiles were manufactured locally
  • Air conditioners were covered and dust was contained during construction

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