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Global Warming January 28, 2009

Filed under: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES — ia2studio @ 1:01 am
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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.


US Green Building Council, “Energy and Atmosphere.”LEED-CI. 2nd. 2005.


Jenelle Sekol


One Response to “Global Warming”

  1. ia2studio Says:

    Jenelle —

    Your description of “transportation” issues is great. However, I am a little lost in your concepts of “energy” and “production,” and will try to clarify the points I believe you are making. I will also try to elaborate on the role of the interior designer specifically. (Since these are new concepts for you, I hope this will help you to articulate these ideas more clearly moving forward.) Feel free to reply again to this post if I have mis-interpreted your original meaning.

    Energy: You are talking about HOW we will power our buildings. Unfortunately, interior designers are sometimes limited in ability to affect the power sources of the building. We are able, however, to DESIGN spaces and SPECIFY products in ways that REDUCE the energy demands. [Examples: lighting design, energy-star appliances…]

    Production: I believe you are talking about the embodied energy in the products we use? This is a very important point. Again, interior designers can use the power of SPECIFICATION to address this issue. For starters, familiarize yourself with the concept “carbon neutral” interior design products.

    It is not an understatement to say that concerns about energy and global warming will shape and define the future of our profession. It is a massive and important issue, and the point of this blog post was to plant a simple seed of thought…the post you wrote is a good first step!


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