Topic 1. Introduction - The Reasons for being green
The reasons for going green are compelling. In a recent survey, (from the Opinion Research Corporation USA) the report indicates that 82 percent of purchasing consumers are interested in buying green products and services, even during the recent economic downturn. Furthermore, 76% of electricity used are by buildings and homes – out of which, 40% of our electrical consumption is used by homes alone. Green interior design should be a focal point for all building and construction works today as businesses
Topic 2. Why are Interior Designers & Architects the best people to go green?
The workshop will discuss the impacts of the built environment has on the greater environment and the responsibilities that architects and designers have for adopting sustainable practices. This responsibility as highlighted by the World Green Building Council is gaining traction as it advocates that Green buildings and spaces can not only reduce and even eliminate negative impacts on the environment, by using less water, energy or natural resources, but they can - in many cases - have a positive impact on the environment (at the building or city scales) by generating their own energy and even supporting biodiversity.
Topic 3. Going Green is about Educating and Being Educated
Playing the role of an educator is simultaneously a rewarding and frustrating process. Interior Designers and Architects must accept the role of an educator to inform and educate their collaborators and clients. The workshop will cover a series of scenarios in addressing the problem of educating collaborators and clients.
Topic 4. Our Designing and Build Approach
A systematic way of execution will be discussed.
Topic 5. Our Designing Approach with Measurement
Trainers will show method of using templates (different project types) to overlay onto designs and calculate the following:
Topic 6. Biophillia
- Energy usage and efficiency
- Lighting adequacy
- Cross ventilation and the concept of indoor air quality
- Interior climate: concepts of comfort through low energy consumption
- Water usage: efficiency and gray water harvesting strategies and methods
Biophilic design is part of ‘green’ design, but not all sustainable features can be considered biophilic. The trainers will share, through a series of case studies on the application of biophillic design such as indoor vertical gardens and the improvements in indoor air quality after its implementation.