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.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Moving Your Business?

How Tenants Benefit from Green Buildings

There are a number of benefits to locating your business or organization in a building that has sustainable features. The degree to which a base building is green has an enormous impact on all of its tenants, so it pays to make sustainablity a key criteria for your site selection. The chart above reflects some of the reasons that companies are interested in sustainable building. Some of the key advantages to tenants of green buildings are:

  • A building that uses energy, water and other resources efficiently costs less to run, so tenant costs for maintenance and utilities are reduced.
  • Locating your business in a building with superior indoor environmental quality can safeguard the health and improve the productivity of your employees.
  • Locating your business in a green building can be good for its image. Many people prefer to purchase goods and services from businesses that operate in a sustainable fashion.
  • Characteristics of the base building determine the ease, and even the feasibility, of pursuing LEED certification for any tenant space within the building.

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