Three major ways that interior design decisions impact global warming with specific examples are….
–transportation: When products need to be shipped to a client or designer, the fuels from the vehicle, train, or airplane can have an impact on global warming. Using materials from local companies or reusing the materials in the existing building will cut down on the pollution in the air.
–energy: When thinking of how a certain products run, the source of energy should be considered. Using solar panels or a green roof (to recycle water) could help protect the environment. When the energy is lowered the operation costs decrease as well. So not alternative energy will help with global warming but with the cost.
-Production : not focusing on-line on the material itself but how the material is made. If the machines use natural gases (source of nitrogen oxid) or hydroelectric generators (disrupts natural water flows) to products mass amounts of this product or material its not good for the environment.
Resource: US Green Building Council, “Energy and Atmosphere.”LEED-CI. 2nd. 2005.