In the context of most professions, sustainability means that states-of being and processes are maintained without compromising future needs. When it comes to interior design and the built environment, sustainability aims to minimize effects on the environment while improving the health and well-being of occupants of buildings. In other words, to design your interiors sustainably, you should use materials that won’t compromise the available resources. Materials together with other mechanics of the building including heating and cooling, lighting, water provision, and more, should be energy neutral or positive.
Design with minimal environmental sway
Interior designers must be conscious of the effects of their actions. They must choose design materials that are easy to extract and easily renewable, the ultimate goal being to ensure the least environmental impact from the processes.
Design healthy indoor environments
Besides energy efficiency, creating a healthy living environment should be the priority of every interior designer. There is an urgent need for unpolluted, healthy, passive heating, natural ventilation, healthy acoustics, and thermal control in buildings. Any appliance chosen by an interior designer should come with an energy efficiency star rating.
As the world’s population grows and fossil water supplies approach zero, water will be as important in the future as oil is now. It’s now easy to understand why you should conserve the little water you have at home. Designing buildings requiring less water to put up and requiring less water to run is an important part of interior design.
Saving energy is critical in a sustainable design. The main idea behind a passive home is to maintain comfortable temperatures within an interior without the use of heaters or coolers. This is possible through superinsulation to trap heat or cool air in a building. A passive home will need heating and cooling inputs only when it gets super-hot or cold.
Waste reduction is another principle sustainable interior design thrives on. Interior designers have the power to reduce wastage in their design and implementation. The key here is to implement tactics that help save natural resources. The supply of natural resources continues to decline, and it’s urgent we use them wisely and aptly.
The need for comfortable homes continues to put pressure on the already scarce natural resources. This together with other human actions, contributes heavily to climate change. Interior designers should therefore change tact to maintain an environment comfortable for future generations. Check Tylko’s principles of sustainable interior design for inspiration.