Sustainable Interior Design – Passive House – Eco-Friendly Building Products and Materials
Sustainable Interior Design PART I; by Marybeth Welty
The architectural world is an incredible thing. We can all relate to the feelings we experience when we see an impressive building or structure. That time we visited a certain city and climbed to the top of the tallest building to see the view. Or took a photo under an incredible bridge. Or even the feelings of awesomeness when you got to spend the night at a friend’s cool new low-energy house.
Our feelings of appreciation increase when we learn that the building or structure has been built sustainably. Knowing it has less of an impact on the environment, uses less energy, and is built with local, low impact, healthy materials gives us an even greater sense of admiration and awe. Have you ever been to a building or space that you found amazing, to later discover that it was “green”? I bet you were pretty impressed.
Sustainable design aims to be holistic, well rounded, all encompassing, incorporating local and environmental concerns into both the exterior and interior of the building. Sustainable architecture is sensitive to the land, concerned with the building’s exterior look, purpose, structure, components, assembly, and accessibility.
In sustainable interior design we care about the building’s energy and water usage, the types of materials, furniture, fixtures, finishes, appliances, electronics, and cabinetry installed. We reduce waste during construction/renovation, and help the end user reduce their waste too with strategic design features. We incorporate as much of the outside culture and landscape into the interior as possible, planning a socially and economically conscious space and, ultimately, creating a healthy indoor environment for those that will live, work, eat, sleep, and play in the space.
Join us for Part 2 in our discussion on Sustainable Interior Design where we’ll go further in depth on sustainable interior design, its main components, and how it is integral to the Passive House strategy.
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