Turning Green…it seems so passé and yet one the fastest growing areas of green building is now focused on interiors. Why have interior designers been lagging behind? Well for several reasons. One people didn’t realize how toxic their interiors were until there buildings got more air tight. Also, green building has been on the technical side of things for awhile and although there are technical aspects to interior design most of it is focused on aesthetics and looks not on health and indoor air quality. As the market shifts to a more holistic approach to looking at green buildings, we are looking forward to having more “technical” conversations about why San Marco USA products are not only beautiful but the healthy choice for your built interior environment.
If you need some sharpening of your green skills then we thought this book might come in handy. The review originally appeared on TreeHugger.
Turning really green I really think I’m turning really green I really think so. You too? If you’re an interior designer who’s been thinking about gettin’ over to the green side, or even if you’re just a regular mortal planning to convert an existing office space or home into an eco-friendly environment, then you’ve got to pick up a copy of “Turning Green: A Guide to Becoming a Green Design Firm.” It’s written by members of a Denver-based interior design firm in conjunction with..
..the American Society of Interior Designers. In other words, they know what they’re talking about when it comes to going green but not compromising style. The pamphlet offers product recommendations and guidelines as well as a step-by-step process to turn your space into an eco-friendly environment. Here’s a sneak peak at what you’ll find:
I. Before you start, establish environmental principles and develop a plan of action. If you make a list of things that you want to accomplish through your efforts, you can also determine how you need to change your current habits and practices to achieve those goals.
II. Start in your own backyard. Inventory your home or office products and processes and determine where changes can be made. Areas to consider: cleaning supplies, office supplies and recycling.
III. Begin exploring alternative product options and green vendors. (Hey, that’s what TreeHugger’s here for!) Don’t forget to consider antiques and collectibles.
IV. Get others involved and share your solutions with peers and colleagues outside of the office. Create an archive of green solutions that can be used intra- and inter-office.
The guide also includes a ton of useful web sites, and on top of all that, you can download it for free. This is one case where the grass really is greener on the other side. Via ::Metropolis Magazine ::Turning Green [Kara DiCamillo]