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 10, 2009

Proposed New York City Energy Bills

The New York City Council is currently considering legislation to dramatically reduce the energy use and carbon footprint of buildings. Passage of these bills is essential for PlaNYC to work, because building energy use is responsible for nearly 80% of total CO2 emissions. The bills include:

1. Legislation to create a New York City Energy Conservation Code that is more stringent than the current New York State Energy Code.

2. Legislation that requires owners of buildings that are 50,000 sq. ft. or larger to conduct energy audits and make improvements that can be paid for by energy savings within five years.

3. Legislation calling for buildings of 50,000 sq. ft. or more to include energy-efficient lighting systems when tenant spaces are renovated. Lighting of all areas other than those occupied by residential tenants must meet energy-efficiency requirements by the end of 2022.

4. Legislation that requires owners of buildings 50,000 sq. ft. or more to conduct an annual benchmark analysis of energy consumption and to report the results.

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