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, March 9, 2010

Why You Can't Afford to Not Go Green

I was very surprised last evening when a group of highly successful developers were asked about their plans for going green, and each of them mentioned cost as a barrier for doing so. I realize that sometimes environmentally preferable choices have higher initial costs, and that access to capital is tight. But these were developers who usually operated their properties, rather than selling them, which meant that their own bottom lines could benefit from energy and water efficiency. And more importantly, there are considerable risks associated with not going green. It's not just that operating costs can affect a building's value, it's also that when you "economize" by eliminating more sustainable choices you might run afoul of the law.

Local, state and federal officials are taking steps to require energy and water efficiency, and regulations are becoming increasingly strict. And no one seems focused on the fact that while incentives are often available for efficiency levels that exceed legal requirements, you cannot get a payment or a tax break reward for simply obeying the law.

U.S. Green Building Council recently released Top 10 lists of green building legislation in the House and Senate. That's nineteen bills in addition to The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was signed into law about a year ago. Twenty Federal bills, and who knows how many state and local bills, seem a very strong indication that "going green" is not really optional. Many of the bills do involve incentives, but often those who cannot be persuaded by a carrot do wind up on the wrong end of a stick. The USGBC "Top Ten" include:

House Legislation

Senate Legislation


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