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Posted on Jan 9, 2013

Sustainability in Design

Sustainability in Design

Going green – once a novelty – is now an essential part of the design process. No longer just a buzzword, it is – or should be – “baked in” to the design of any project. Sustainability is the new reality.

But what is “sustainable design”? The idea behind sustainable design is the elimination of negative environmental impact completely through skillful, sensitive design. Ideally, sustainable design requires no non-renewable resources, minimally impacts the environment, and connects people with the natural environment around them.

The American Society of Interior Designers describes it like this: “Green design is design that goes beyond being just efficient, attractive, on time and on budget. It is a design that cares about how such goals are achieved, about its effect on people and on the environment. An environmentally responsible professional makes a commitment to constantly try to find ways to diminish design’s impact on the world around us. It is also a smart way of doing business: sustainable design is the fastest growing segment of our industry.”

One company that lives sustainability in everything it does is DIRTT. DIRTT (which stands for “Doing It Right This Time”) creates agile interiors – walls and power sources that can be moved around easily and with minimal environmental impact. As they put it, “We all thrive on the idea that we are actually doing something to make the world a better place – not just adding to the stuff.”

DIRTT’s Breathe Living Walls are living proof that sustainable design can be beautiful. For more green loveliness, check out our “Sustainable Design” board on Pinterest!

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