Is Green Design Important to Interior Designers?
Is green design important to you? Are you concerned with the quality of your living environment and its effect on your health?
If you are building a new house or designing a room addition you may be working with an interior designer and building contractor. A good designer will give you input on the best furnishings for your home including everything from the best flooring to the color of the wood blinds yo will use. Be sure to discuss with them that healthy spaces are important to you and how their suggestions can work with your goal.
Recently the US Green Building Council interviewed ASID on the role of green design and its impact on wallets and health.
Why is green interior design important? How does it impact occupants and the environment?
RF: One of the most important aspects of sustainability is health – health of the indoor environment, of the occupants, of the materials. Interior designers offer specialized knowledge of interiors materials and FF&E (furniture, fixtures and equipment) that promote good indoor air quality, are toxin-free, and are water/energy-efficient. For example, formaldehyde is a known carcinogen that is ubiquitous in furniture and cabinetry. Understanding the health implications of this substance and how to source formaldehyde-free products demonstrates the value interior designers bring to the table.
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