Green Design for Less: Interiors & Sources Magazine

by admin on January 16, 2013

Edward Woodill recently had the opportunity to share his thoughts on green design and green integration with the commercial design community in the January 2013 issue of Interiors & Sources. His contributed article, Green For Less, discusses how green integration can be a comparable alternative when LEED certification may not be financially feasible for small businesses.

Green Design & Integration as an Alternative to LEED

LEED certification has become the standard bearer for the commercial design, construction and operation of green buildings. Despite the rising popularity of building with the environment in mind, many small companies do not have the intensive resources that LEED certification requires.  This is when green design and green integration can come into play. Commercial design professionals can work with the contractor to keep costs down and keep the construction process on track, all while creating a sustainable space. Edward notes, “While green integration may not directly result in the coveted LEED certification, it can provide many of the same life-cycle cost savings at a lower upfront cost.”

Green Integration in Practice: The Eola Eyes Renovation

Edward’s point was illustrated by the renovation of the Eola Eyes building in downtown Orlando. Faced with the challenge of inefficient, west-facing, floor-to-ceiling windows in the original design, Studio 3 Designs used green integration to achieve both short and long-term cost savings for the client. The project serves as a perfect example of how a commercial designer can work with the architect and build team to come up with value-added, sustainable, green design solutions.

Sustainability Meets Innovation

The green integration process takes collaboration and innovation to cultivate creative solutions for a clients’ sustainability needs. It is a useful tool that can be used to attain LEED certification, or just make a building more sustainable when a company does not have a LEED-sized budget. The future of green integration as a means of finding sustainability solutions is vast and promising, and the design professional is the perfect coordinator for this collaborative process.

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