Every journey starts with a story. During my younger days I could remember seasons; plenty of rainfall, food, water and fertile soils. As I grey up the dynamics changed to low rainfall, shortage of food, drying up of water resources and low fertility of soils. I could feel and see the effects but didn’t quite understand what was happening, until when I started learning Geography; studied about depletion of natural resources caused by people, deforestation, logging, cutting down of trees, burning of forests and trees for charcoal, pollution also became a hot topic that needed attention.
From a global perspective came Climate Change and Global Warming, Rise in Sea Levels, Green House Effect and that created a lot of concern due to the rapid effect all this was causing to the Eco system. We were all urged to plant trees, practice a forestation, and take care of our environment, restore, conserve and preserve natural resources as well as wildlife. Agreements, strategies and targets were put in place to try and address these changes.
The new millennium brought about Millennium Development Goals now the Sustainable Development Goals, Vision 2030, Global Environmental Summit, Paris Agreement all who up to date embarks on achieving and coming up with policies that strategize on Ecosystem Balance, Environmental Care, Health and Food Security but still supporting and enhancing Economic Growth, Innovation as well as Industrial Growth.
With all these efforts and missions being put in place, rapid technological advancement and intervention, I believe that change starts from one’s adaptation of good habits, creating awareness, educating people on importance of their environment and their health, they will accept to participate directly to achieving these goals and agendas.
I believe there should be new commitments and calls for increased awareness in business sector, financial sector, health, regions, continents and the society in general. Let’s join efforts on climate change assessment and monitoring by implementing and formulating going green initiatives in architecture, technology, economy, jobs, design as a call to action protecting the future generation.
UN Environment and Yale School of Design on Eco Housing Modules-aim to usher in a cleaner future through design;
United States Green Building Council-goal green building for everyone
Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method-assessing, rating and certifying the sustainability of buildings; help use resources more efficiently
International WELL Building Institute-addresses the built environment on human health and well being via air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind
All these organization are formulating ways to make cities, human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Going green life: a call to action as the new perspective
GREEN DESIGN: A bet to action
Green design is the transformation and new approach to design field where design is all about human health and their environment. It’s modern technology advancement in architecture embarking on low carbon emissions, maximizing resources, minimizing waste, energy efficiency, recycling of materials, water efficiency and serving people and communities. Green design involves studying nature’s best ideas and imitating those systems and designs to sustainably solve human problems.
In the 21st century going green is the revolution to taking interior design to another level, explore and conform interior spaces where we live, work, and learn to sustainable standards. As an interior designer one directly influences how people perceive a space, one shapes the experience of an interior space. The permutation and combinations all have an impact in people’s lives and their environment.
Green design addresses ways to unveil efforts and commitments under healthy energy systems, inclusive economic growth, integrative design approach, sustainable designs and spaces, biodiversity stewardship and transformative climate investments. This a true strategy to bring exponential shift to a cleaner and more sustainable economy. Stepping up action to help humanity thrive in a clean ecological living interior space with this in mind ”if we manage to put our environment first, we can come out on the other end of this formidable challenge and achieve a common goal, a sustainable world for all”
A bet to act on sustainable development goals; goal 7; Affordable and Clean Energy, goal 11; Sustainable Cities and Communities, goal 12; Sustainable Consumption and Production. Companies, organizations, industries and markets all need to step up to the challenge.
Being a green interior designer can play a vital role in tackling adverse environmental effects caused by Climate Change, Global Warming and Green House Effect. Green design should be collaboration and partnership to all parties involved even the clients who hire interior designers.
To our clients, there are numerous opportunities and benefits to going eco lifestyle we are all called upon to look into the future; with most of us working from home, spending most of our time indoors, adhering to indoor recreational activities; Health and Environmental care, concern, consciousness should start from us. Let’s embrace green design for;
Indoor environmental quality,
Energy and water efficiency,
Conservation of natural resources,
Flexibility and longevity,
Product production, use and disposal,
Multi-functionality, aesthetics and practicality
Sustainable space is the ultimate luxury
GOING GREEN LIFE: A drive to action
As Architects, Interior Designers, Engineers and plumbers, with increased global environmental concern, care and consciousness; green design is now becoming a trendy and competitive field. As interior designers and architects we have the power to make design choices that affect the building performance, solutions and bench marking. We no longer design for aesthetics, functionality or practicality in mind but also focus on Ecology, Sustainability, Health and Eco-friendly approach.
Ecological approach to interior design and achieving green design indoors should be addressed in concepts such as:
Material and resource concept- selection of materials and products with low environmental impact, use of renewable, recyclable and bio degradable items and products for decorations and furnishings. Let’s choose products with low VOC content
Emotional and narrative concept- the feeling that a design should elicit to the occupants, clients, visitors, guests that way they can be more aware of their surroundings.
Let’s think how a design is perceived, it’s how it’s received
Efficiency concept -this is based the interior design principle design for energy efficiency consider lighting requirements, energy efficient windows, heat control, water usage and acoustic transmission. Let’s invest on affordable and clean energy
Clean and organic concept-use of fabrics such as wool, cotton, silk, feathers for upholstery, rugs, pillows, bedspreads, cushions, curtains Let’s look out for labels, certifications, standards for traceability of the products whether they eco friendly or not.
Quality concept-we think indoor environmental quality in terms of air circulation, a natural fresh ambience, light quality and ventilation system, interior plantscaping Let’s look into an affordable interior maintenance plan
Space concept- as designers we need to create space that helps inhabitants to connect with nature and appreciate the transition of outdoors indoors, both in form, color and pattern Let’s think design for affinity to nature
Surface concept- manipulation and combinations of a negative space to a unique, artistic ecologically living treatment Here we examine character, mood and expression of an interior space
Our main aim as designers is to encounter more clients who require the implemented and finished interior design project to meet LEED, IWBI, and BREEAM certification standards.
Green design is a calling to all, a bet to action for all and a drive to action for all.