Sustainable Commercial Interiors

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 3, 2006 - Architecture - 320 pages
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A step-by-step guide to designing environmentally friendly commercial interiors.

Millions of people in the U.S. workforce rely on interior designers to create environments that make them happy and productive, as well as promote their safety and well-being. Sustainable Commercial Interiors provides an engaging introduction to and exploration of the vast field of sustainable design as it specifically relates to commercial interior spaces.

In Sustainable Commercial Interiors, coauthors Penny Bonda, a noted expert on interior design and sustainability, and Katie Sosnowchik, an interior design editor and innovator, share their passion for environmental advocacy while offering designers and architects the technical knowledge important for success in this evolving discipline. The authors apply the concept of environmental responsibility to the design of interiors, and employ the organization of the LEED Green Building Rating System(r) to sort the design process into five categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy issues, materials, and indoor environmental quality.

Chapters explore:

  • In-depth information about interior finishes and furnishings,
  • Best contemporary examples of sustainable commercial interior design projects, including photos and drawings of the design,
  • Outside-the-boundaries thinking about sites, water, and energy issues,
  • Materials, with a strong emphasis on life-cycle thinking,
  • Indoor environmental quality, including acoustics, thermal comfort, daylighting, and views,>
  • Green design tools, including standards, certification programs, and specifications,

Based on the premise that designers, with their power to create, have responsibilities beyond others, Sustainable Commercial Interiors is a vital tool for both novice and veteran green-minded practitioners.

 

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Contents

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1
Living Lightly on the Land
38
Wet Gold
44
Healthy Buildings Healthy People
53
SITES WATER AND ENERGY
61
Lighting
78
Heating and Cooling
91
THE MATERIALS MAZE
97
Product Standards and Certifications
192
The Sustainable Library
208
A Sustainable Sustaining Workplace
234
Sustainable Thinking
246
Flexible Fluid and Ecofriendly
254
Sustainable Design
261
Defining Green Tranquility
268
Well Worth the Wait
275

THE INDOOR ENVIRONMENT
149
The Elusive Thermal Comfort
160
The Importance of Views
175
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179
Notes
283
Index
300
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Penny Bonda, FASID, LEED-AP, is an interior designer and past president of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). A founding Chair of both the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Commercial Interiors Committee and the ASID Sustainable Design Council, Bonda is the Eco-Editor of the Green Zone, an online resource of Interior Design magazine at www.interiordesign.net.

Katie Sosnowchik served as editorial director of Interiors & Sources magazine, is a founding editor of green@work magazine, and is also one of the creators and strategic planners of the annual EnvironDesign conferences. She is currently a freelance writer and communications consultant.

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