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.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Celebrating Earth Day

The Empire State Building is a symbol of many of the best things about New York City.  Its owners, the Malkin family, have paved the way to a better understanding of the value of green retrofits.  A deep energy retrofit has been an essential part of an extensive renovation that has helped restore this iconic building to Class A status and attract larger tenants.  The building is saving tons of energy, and even more importantly the example set by the Malkins has convinced other building owners that deep energy retrofits on older buildings makes economic sense.

Surely we can cut the building management a break on the relatively more expenditure of energy involved in lighting the top of the building to celebrate holidays.  But seeing it swathed in green for Earth Day and having my ears assaulted by over-amped music at the Earth Day celebration at Grand Central Station makes me feel that it would be more ecologically responsible to use a bit less electricity while promoting environmental stewardship.