Sustainable Interior Space : Making Smarter Choices
Sometimes environmentally preferable choices can have higher initial costs, and access to capital may be tight. It is however a better choice especially for Developers and individual owners and tenants. Developers usually operate their properties, rather than selling them; this means that their own bottom lines could benefit from energy and water efficiency. And more importantly it is not just that operating costs can affect a building’s value, but a developer can also “economize” by choosing more sustainable choices.
The mantra of green design is “People, Planet, Profit.” It is important to preserve the planet for future generations and the need of the hour is not to risk the health and well being of the occupants and users of a building.
Anirban, designer at iDream opined that “Sustainable interior design, architecture and construction done properly are holistic practices that protect the health of building occupants”. Improved indoor air quality can help reduce asthma, flu, headaches and respiratory problems that can lead to missed time from work or school and chronic illness.
Every interior design project, whether it involves space planning and construction or just new carpet, furniture and/or a fresh coat of paint, can affect the health of building occupants. And poor choices on the part of individual owners can disrupt the air quality.
- Occupants can turn off lights and equipment when they are not needed. It goes without saying that lights and equipment should not be left on overnight or in unoccupied rooms.
- Many-a-times we turn on artificial lighting out of habit, rather than necessity. During the day for work spaces close enough to windows or skylights to perform most tasks with only natural light. The number of work areas that can benefit from daylight can be greatly increased with space planning and furniture placement.
- Owners and decision makers in offices can elect to purchase energy efficient lighting and equipment whenever a replacement is needed.
- Developers can install efficient equipment, lighting and lighting controls in common spaces and ensure that building systems are working as they should. The payback period for professional retro-commissioning and implementing many of the resulting recommendations can be less than a year.
- While owners might wish to defer larger capital investments, they can ensure that when they do invest in major systems their choices are informed by the need for energy efficiency.
- Last but not the least building owners, individual users and tenants can work together for their common benefit.
iDream is an Architectural & Interior Design Firm with a strong commitment to be part of sustainable projects. iDream is a global provider of design and project delivery services with primary offices in major Indian cities, with a focus on developing built environments which save recurring costs and lower carbon emmissions. Within India, iDream has been in the forefront of offering world-class services to clients who expect global standards.