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.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Who Dat Dat Foiling My Green Intentions?

Unfortunately, good intentions are not enough when it comes to going green. Sometimes it seems as though there are outside forces conspiring to prevent us from doing what we know is the right thing. It's particularly easy to find a villain when it comes to energy saving measures.
  • Tenants can blame their landlords, who won't make building improvements that could result in energy savings.
  • Building owners can blame their tenants, who use inefficient lighting and equipment in their individual spaces and then leave them turned on night.
  • Anyone undertaking a construction project can blame various state, local and federal entities for not making funding for sustainable initiatives easier.
  • Anyone who needs a loan can blame the banks, not only because loans for green initiatives are difficult to get, but because borrowing money for building improvements can trigger mortgage defaults.
  • The banks can blame the government, because allowing mortgagees to assume additional debt for a properties that are already worth less than when the mortgages were written could violate banking regulations.
  • The government can blame the financial institutions, who were largely responsible for the insane inflation and subsequent meltdown of the real estate market.
It appears that to find out "Who Dat dat foiling my green intentions?" we should all be looking in the mirror. There are steps that we can each take to make things better, whether or not we get the cooperation and support that we would like from others.

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