How to Be Sustainable in Architecture and Interior Design
Here are ways to take an environmentally friendly approach towards sustainable design:
Since energy production is one of the leading contributors to carbon emissions, incorporate energy-saving elements into the design process. For example, designing rooms with larger windows to let in more natural light and minimise the use of electricity during the day, and rooms with good ventilation to improve air quality and lessen the need for air-conditioning. You can also use lighter paint colours so that interior spaces are cooler, reducing the need for heating.
Incorporate renewable energy sources, such as solar or wind energy, into the design. You can also use energy-efficient lightbulbs such as LED, halogen, or compact fluorescent bulbs.
One concern of sustainable architecture and interior design is lessening the negative environmental impact. This means considering how the building will interact with its surroundings. An example would be creating a design to preserve the existing trees and natural landscape.
Another way would be to incorporate water conservation processes in the design, such as rainwater harvesting and wastewater recycling. A sustainable design also includes using flood-proof structures and materials to protect against flooding.
Green design involves sourcing sustainable and environmentally responsible materials such as reclaimed wood or bamboo and salvaged and repurposed metals. You can also choose materials made using socially responsible labour practices and natural materials that are ethically sourced. Use non-toxic and non-pollutant materials that don’t harm the environment and have no health risks to those using the space.
To reduce waste, use recycled or upcycled materials and furniture and give them new life. Use local materials as much as possible to reduce the carbon footprint.
Sustainability is more than a trend; it’s a lifestyle and philosophy that addresses the growing concern over the planet’s environmental impact. One Nine One Interior Design and Decor continues to find innovative ways to incorporate sustainability into our projects. As trained professionals, we understand the best eco-friendly and durable materials to be used and where to source them ethically.
We keep up-to-date with the latest green practices and technology to provide our clients with sustainable architecture and interior design solutions. We are your one-stop design service provider, as we will help you handle your project every step of the way, from design to construction, installation, and finishing - to give you the space and lifestyle you envision. Contact us to learn more.