Illustrated, Step-By-Step Guide to Green Design Strategies for
By Penny Bonda, Katie
Learn Green Design
Strategies for Sustainable Commercial Interiors
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
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 to sort the
design process into five categories: sustainable sites, water
efficiency, energy issues, materials, and indoor environmental
- 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
- 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.
About The Authors:
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
Table of Contents:
1. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE.
- Sustainability Defined and Refined.
- Defining “Green”.
- What Is Green Design?
- Overcoming the Obstacles to Sustainability.
- The Integrated Profession.
- The Design Charrette.
- Taking the Mystery Out of Commissioning.
2. GLOBAL ISSUES: AN OVERVIEW.
- As the Earth Warms.
- Living Lightly on the Land.
- Wet Gold.
- Want Not, Waste a Lot.
- Healthy Buildings, Healthy People.
3. SITES, WATER, AND ENERGY.
- Matters of Site.
- Reducing Water Use.
- Optimizing Energy Use.
- Equipment and Appliances.
4. THE MATERIALS MAZE.
- Starting the Dialogue.
- Natural versus Synthetic Materials.
- Material Safety Data Sheet.
- Life Cycle Assessment.
- Life Cycle Studies: A Comparison.
- Furnishings and Finishes: An Overview.
- From Trash Comes Treasure.
5. THE INDOOR ENVIRONMENT.
- The Air That We Breathe.
- The Elusive Thermal Comfort.
- Noise: The Other Pollutant.
- Let There Be (Day)light.
- The Importance of Views.
6. THE TOOLS OF OUR TRADE.
- Green Building Organizations, Rating Systems, and Design
- Product Standards and Certifications.
- The Sustainable Library.
7. THE BUSINESS CASE FOR GREEN DESIGN.
- Building a Tangible Symbol.
- Making the Case.
- A Sustainable, Sustaining Workplace.
8. SUBSTANCE AND STYLE.
- Greenpeace: Materials Matter (Envision Design,
- HOK: Working in Daylight Downtown (HOK, St. Louis,
- Haworth Showroom: Sustainable Thinking, Smart Design
(Perkins + Will/Eva Maddox Branded Environments, Chicago,
- Toyota: Driving the Path to Sustainability (Gensler,
- Accenture: Flexible, Fluid, and Ecofriendly (Davis
Gardner Gannon Pope Architecture, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania).
- Continuum Center: Natural Healing (Guenther5, New York,
- REI Portland: Sustainable Design Hat Trick (Mithun,
- Herman Miller BG Building: Continuing the Commitment
(The Environments Group, Chicago, Illinois).
- Nusta Spa: Defining Green Tranquility (Envision Design,
- Sauer-Danfoss: An American Building with European
Sensibilities (OWP/P, Lincolnshire, Illinois).
- Boulder Associates: Well Worth the Wait (Boulder
Associates, Boulder, Colorado).
- Encore! The Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation (Gensler,