#7 Green Design Sustains Life.
At least two decades ago, a good friend and interior designer, Bernadette Upton, ASID, LEED spoke about the importance of creating sustainable environments. Today green design is becoming more popular but also more important to the world. With only a limited amount of available resources on the planet and more and more people on the earth, choosing building products, furnishings and fixtures that meet a standard of excellence and performance as well as the ability to incorporate recycled materials or be recycled when their life cycle is over suggests responsible decisions that will leave the planet with adequate resources to continue to sustain life.
So when planning for the future, choices are simple and costs are becoming competitive to other “non-green” products. Consider natural fibers for fabrics, wall and floor coverings. Choose manufactured products that are domestically made since it takes a lot of oil to ship goods from places a long distance like China. And make a commitment with your design team to select and purchase items that can be recycled and made into something else when they are ready to be replaced.
One of the new products is a commercial wallcovering that is not only flame resistant but made from recycled paper and newsprint. Great for residential purposes too, the papers feature no volatile organic compounds released into the interior environment once installed… an important consideration for people with lung disease or asthma. Selecting lighting that is energy efficient will not only save on the light bills but will reduce the American consumption of oil and gas. For more information about building your work or home environments with goods and services that will be healthy and safe for a life time of use and enjoyments, click HERE to go to the U.D Green Building Council’s website.
Michael is an award winning interior designer based in Palm Desert, CA. He is a Professional Member of the American Society of Interior Designers and a member of the ASID College of Fellows.
As a Certified Aging In Place Specialist, he creates smart looking spaces that are safe and secure and create homes for a lifetime.
And with thirty plus years in the profession, he has honed his humor, elevated his passion for design and sharpened his wit to not take anything too seriously except his design work.