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, June 14, 2011

Why A Patio Could Cause Problems

Greenwich, Connecticut is considering legislation that would require homeowners who want to increase the amount of non-permeable surfaces on their property to go through a procedure that includes evaluating and mitigating the environmental impact of potential stormwater runoff.

Local realtors are concerned that the legislation could decrease property values by making it more difficult and expensive for buyers to make changes to their property.  For instance obtaining permission to adds a stone patio, which is now a simple process, would become more complex.

Although environmental legislation sometimes does inconvenience individuals, such legislation is meant to benefit citizens. Stormwater runoff pollutes local water, and surely such pollution could impact property values more than regulations to avoid it would.  Another drawback to fully paved patios is erosion in the surrounding areas.

Having a high level of aesthetic discernment is essential to my interior design practice, and a hallmark of any good design is that it is appropriate for its context. Hopefully, this should make it easier for people who are concerned about   restrictions on pavement around their homes to take my word for it when I say that one of the most attractive and appropriate patio materials for a suburban or country home is, in my professional opinion, flagstone laid without mortar.



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