The Principles of Sustainable Interior Design

Buildings use resources and emit atmospheric emissions. Homeowners need to keep up with the ever changing trends and demands for better homes with minimal environmental impact.

To achieve this, homeowners choose sustainable interior designs to minimize operation costs, increase the home’s resiliency, and significantly reduce carbon footprints. The following principles guide sustainable interior design.

Principle 1: Enhance Site Potential

Design can help enhance the site of the home to enhance sustainability. Where is the building located? How is its orientation? The landscape can significantly affect the local ecosystem, determine the best transportation method and make the home more energy-efficient, among other advantages.

Interior design can help maximize the home’s site potential by choosing a location that supports flora/fauna growth. Maximize the site potential for more accessible control of water runoff.

Principle 2: Purpose to Conserve Water

Water is an essential resource that continues to get scarce by the day. Sustainable home design promotes efficient use of water, and where possible, promote water recycling. It should minimize any impact on water sources like rivers. Therefore, building on riparian lands or blocking river flow to build estates is slowly becoming a thing of the past.

Principle 3: Optimize Building Space and Material Use

The world population grows by the day, making natural resources like land scarce as the demand increases. A sustainable interior design takes up less space while achieving the same result.

Using sustainable materials during construction or renovations helps reduce resource depletion. Environmentally friendly building materials minimize environmental impact and improve human health. Additionally, it also reduces disposal costs.

Principle 4: Focus on the Entire Life Cycle

For years engineers have always resorted to using non-renewable energy like coal and natural gas at wasteful rates. Luckily, the world realizes that there is so much the construction industry can do to turn things around.

Design can help build sustainability by evaluating the life cycle of the material or products they use. By considering the life-cycle of a material, designers can easily opt for renewable material.

Principle 5: Use Effective Operational Practices

Homeowners need to deal with the high demand for secure building designs wisely. By collaborating with designers and engineers, homeowners can now adopt materials and systems that reduce maintenance costs.

These practices will encourage better use of resources. Besides being cost-effective, they need fewer chemicals.

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