Sustainable Interior Design: Tips for a Green Design
We have a decade to turn around things and avert climate change, claim environmentalists at the United Nations. As interior decorators in the UAE, we have always been concerned about the environmental impact of materials and products that we commonly use. From the efficient use of space to choosing low environmental impact materials and reducing pollution and waste, we have been a strong advocate for sustainability in architecture. If you’re looking for tips to incorporate Earth-friendly practices and products into the design:
1. Incorporate Energy Efficiency:
Rough estimates claim that the world’s population consumes around 15 terawatts of power. To put this into perspective, one terawatt of power can light around 10 billion 100-watt bulbs! If you’re looking for sustainable interior design ideas, a good way to start is to look for energy-efficient designs. Heating and lighting are two important factors that influence energy consumption. High quality insulated windows can help to prevent heat from escaping the building. Intelligent thermostats can be used to change temperature based on scheduling and built-in sensors.
2. Use Energy Efficient Construction & Design Materials:
One of the reasons why we continue to remain the preferred interior fit out companies in Dubai is because we’re constantly looking for ways to pick materials with low environmental impact. This includes using organic materials like stone, wood, etc. Another firm favorite is the fast-growing bamboo that’s renewable and extracted responsibly. Recycled steel, insulated concrete forms, plant-based polyurethane foam, etc. are all energy-efficient products that fit-out contractor must use. CLT or cross-laminated timber is one such remarkable item.
3. Look To Reduce Waste:
Our team of interior decorators in the UAE focus on three aspects, recycling, upcycling, and repurposing. Upcycling involves using a refurbished material from its current state to something state of the art. For example, glass bottles can be upcycled to be used as light fixtures. Similarly, wood chips that would otherwise go to waste can be used as flooring and wall coverings. The scope for using repurposed and upcycled products are usually high in projects where the décor choice is vintage or antique.
4. Use Certified Materials:
There are many environmental certifications that meet different environmental criteria and issued by various third-party organizations. For example, the Greenguard Environmental Institute or GEI, and the Global Ecolabelling Network are some of the institutions that offer eco-certifications. It is important for the designer to know which certifications are worth applying for.
5. Use Water Conserving Ideas:
Water-efficient plumbing fixtures not only help to reduce potable water consumption but also decrease the use of disposal systems that minimize the need for new infrastructure. For example, dual-flush toilets and showerheads with low flow rates can be used to reduce water waste.
At HTS Interiors, we’ve been using creative solutions to create sustainable interior design solutions that stand-out and yet contribute to ecosystem health while enhancing functionality and satisfying the user’s needs. Looking for interior fit out companies in Dubai? Call us!