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.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Best Reasons for Sustainable Practices

Most of us know children whose health and happiness we care about, so doing everything we can to foster sustainable practices makes a lot of sense. Climate change and pollution have already had a significant impact in many parts of our country, and the problems are escalating.

My nephew and his beautiful little daughters live in Los Angeles, one of the areas in which climate change has contributed to severe drought. Recent forest fires have not only increased the level of pollutants in the air, they have also forced the family to evacuate their home. And because drought and fires kill plants that help the soil adsorb water, when it does rain there are mudslides and floods.

It is often said that for sustainable initiatives to be accepted, they must benefit the triple bottom line --- people, planet and profit. I believe that if everyone realized that the "people" who are at risk include their own children and grandchildren, they would be more likely to adopt sustainable practices for which they do not perceive immediate positive effects on their own income.

"Natural" disasters also cost us all a lot of money. Taxes must be raised to support government aid, insurance premiums increase, and the cost of construction goes up considerably. For instance, the cost of renovation projects in New York City went up 10% in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

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