As I was studying to sit for the LEED AP exam, I found myself becoming even more aware of ways in which we can integrate responsible principles in everything we design. But how can we incorporate sustainability in a way that our clients can realize the financial benefits of energy efficiency? How can we create "green" space that doesn't look "granola"? Here are some of my top tips for sustainable home design.
1. Buy Antiques
- Why deplete the world's resources when our city is filled with amazing pieces (not Grandma's armoire, but modern, sophisticated stuff) just waiting for a new owner? Our faves Craig van den Brulle and R Gallery can set you up in style.
2. Install reclaimed wood floors
- Who needs to contribute to rainforest destruction when our own LV Wood floors provides gorgeous green and reclaimed flooring solutions that look more ravishing than recycled.
3. Use Energy Star Appliances and Home Electronics
- A no-brainer. Energy Star appliances and electronics can look hot and will save you 30% + on your annual energy bills. A win-win! In fact, our number one fave Bosch won the 2009 Energy Star Partner Award.
4. Select natural textiles with Low or no VOC emissions
- Without getting too technical here, go au naturale with carpets and fabrics. Buy CRI Green Label Plus carpets, cotton and silk fabrics, with recycled content-even better! Carnegie has some of our favorite high-wear commercial fabrics which we also use in residential applications for high-style sustainable home design.
5. Use low or no VOC paints and coatings
- Safecoat and Benjamin Moore have great high-pigment (i.e.: less coats) products that can save time, money, and toxins in your home or office.