Green Built; Green Inbuilt Interiors
When you look at a building what do you see? Do you see a structure that offers shelter? Do you see a structure that you live, work, learn, heal and play? As a designer I see a building as a dynamic structure that influences life, natural environment and economy, within these structures we spend most our times, what goes on during installation and inside the structure influences; climate change, green house gas emission, pollution, waste management, financial value as well as occupants health and wellness.
Green design and architecture is a holistic approach in design and construction decisions with resource maximization and efficiency in mind, Eco-Friendly approach to a project in regard to the long term performance of the building in the whole building life cycle; siting, designing, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction.
Green strategy is actually a smart move in delivering environmental performance, well being and financial value in building intervention, innovation and technological decisions.
Let’s feature a green building:
- 100% natural ventilation
- 100% natural day lighting
- 100% zero carbon emission
- Zero energy consumption for heating and cooling
- A good roof orientation, and design
- Waste zero initiative (circular economy)
- Adaptation to climate change
- Rainwater harvesting
- Uses renewable sources of energy-sun and wind power
What about green built interiors:
- The reduce, recycle, re purpose, reuse approach in products and materials,
- Consider ethical manufacturing techniques in life cycle assessment of the products,
- Feature energy star appliances
- High performance water fixtures
- Energy star appliances
- Zero or low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) paints, assemblies and finishes
- Forest Stewardship Council cabinetry and flooring
As a green interior designer one should find a product database to inquire the environmental sense of the product, raw material sourcing and extraction report credit, low emitting material credit
Ventilation and lighting requirements of a room should be designed to control and manage thermal comfort and light dynamism. Use of a translucent roof panel for instance will allow natural lighting, use of low energy bulbs, install light detection controllers, A ceiling and floor design that insulates a green space should be a collaborative and a dynamic environment that change according to the needs of the occupants.
As an interior designer one should thing resource efficiency, in regard to the timelessness, the longevity, the life span of his or her design, there should be maximum space performance in interior atmospheric air quality, waste management, water supply, availability, consumption, diversion and wastage.
Smart thinking-Be the next generation of solutions; in merging building science, environmental science and medical science to bring sustainability dialogue beyond nature, buildings and direct to people.
Smarter faster-Accelerate our response to climate action through buildings and interior design
Smarter housing-New Urban Agenda make human settlement and our cities resilient, safe, inclusive and sustainable
Smart interiors- Biophilic design, Bio Climatic design, Sustainable Designs
Smart move-Invest on House Zero-Zero Carbon Buildings initiative, Ultra Performance Buildings and Interiors
Let’s advocate for the benefits of green design and architecture in 3 bottom lines
- Economy-Low operation cost, Increase asset value
- Environmental impact-solution to reduce extinction of our Bio Diversity, Eco system, and Marine Life
- Social Welfare-higher occupancy rates, higher work engagement, fewer sick days, increase tenant productivity
Rosette Eco Designs in 4 pillars;
- Health of the occupants
- Ecology; care, concern, consciousness, conservation
- Sustainability; value of the design in economic scale, durability, flexibility, overall performance in operation and maintenance
- Green interior space: engagement, bring together interior design community, architects, and also product manufacturers.