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Sustainability in Interior Design

Book Description

The environmental impact of interior architecture and design practice is immense, and this book highlights the need for designers to adapt the way they work and relearn the lessons lost in order to make their designs fully sustainable.

Contrary to many preconceptions, sustainable design can be sophisticated and stylish. By its nature, a sustainable approach means considering the whole life cycle of a project, thereby improving the functionality, quality, and human enjoyment and, in the long term, bringing real social and economic benefits. This book is filled with examples and techniques, together with historical and contemporary case studies, all supported by invaluable resources and links.

A comprehensive reference book for anyone wanting to work in interior design, this book introduces ideas of sustainability while encouraging and inspiring readers with positive, creative, and practical alternatives.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Copyright
  3. Title Page
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. Chapter 1: Context
    1. Introduction
    2. The problems
      1. Climate change
      2. Step by step: Climate change
      3. Diminishing resources and biodiversity
      4. Waste
      5. Allergies and stress
      6. Water scarcity
      7. Population growth
      8. The construction industry
    3. Sustainability and the role of interior designers
      1. Step by step: Design impact
    4. History forgotten
      1. Traditional buildings
      2. Modernist design
    5. Relearning
    6. Disregarding preconceptions
    7. Why this book is required
  7. Chapter 2: A sustainable approach
    1. Introduction
    2. Embracing compromise
      1. The unsustainable nature of construction
      2. The scale of the problem
      3. Knowing where to begin
      4. Approaching compromise
    3. Considering consequences
    4. Asking the right questions
      1. 1. What is the purpose of the project?
      2. 2. How long will the interior be required?
      3. 3. What energy and water systems are appropriate?
      4. 4. What materials are appropriate?
      5. 5. What construction methods are appropriate?
      6. 6. How will the space function?
      7. 7. What will happen to it when it is no longer useful?
    5. Assessment
      1. Case study: LEED assessment
      2. LEED
      3. BREEAM
      4. Ska Rating
      5. NABERS
      6. Green Star Australia
      7. Green Globes
      8. BEAM
      9. CASBEE
      10. DGNB
      11. Case study: Green Star assessment
      12. Step by step: Assessment process
  8. Chapter 3: Key issues to understand
    1. Introducing the key issues
    2. Energy
      1. Impacts of energy use
      2. Approaching low-energy design
      3. Step by step: Low-energy design
      4. Passive design
      5. Energy efficiency
      6. Renewable energy systems
      7. Energy assessment
      8. Case study: Low-energy design
    3. Water
      1. Impacts of water use
      2. Approaching water-conserving design
      3. Step by step: Water-conserving design
      4. Passive design
      5. Water efficiency
      6. Water reuse and recycling
      7. Flood protection
      8. Water assessment
    4. Materials
      1. Impacts of materials
      2. Step by step: Ceramic tile life cycle
      3. Step by step: Carpet life cycle
      4. Approaching sustainable specification
      5. Step by step: Sustainable materials specification
      6. Specification checklist
      7. Reduce
      8. Reuse
      9. Recycle
      10. Renewables
      11. Case study: Choosing materials
      12. Materials assessment
      13. Choosing materials
      14. Base materials
      15. Flooring
      16. Finishes
      17. Fabrics
      18. Furniture
      19. Further information
    5. Construction methods
      1. Impacts of construction methods
      2. Approaching sustainable construction
      3. Reduce
      4. Reuse
      5. Recycle
      6. Furniture construction
      7. Case study: Sustainable construction
      8. Step by step: Flat-pack furniture
  9. Chapter 4: Putting sustainability into practice
    1. Introducing the projects
    2. Temporary projects
      1. Case study: Nothing advertising agency
      2. Case study: Yeshop boutique
    3. Flexible projects
      1. Case study: The Elgar Room
      2. Case study: Howies store
    4. Long-term projects
      1. Case study: Design Council headquarters
      2. Case study: Renctas store
  10. Conclusion
  11. Glossary
  12. Further reading
  13. Websites
  14. Picture credits
  15. Index
  16. Acknowledgments