AIA Course #: HAW565; HSW/SD
IDCEC Course #: 100232; HSW
Subject Code: 2.12 Interior Design: Sustainable and/or Environmental Design
One Hour Course
The integration of sustainable materials in designing and installing work environments is a key consideration for many clients and most designers today. The use of sustainable materials has a direct and indirect impact on our environment. There are extensive resources identifying and classifying materials relative to the benefit and/or risk they pose to the environment. In this session, we'll review information and explore a critical thinking process that will allow designers to consider a variety of aspects in evaluating their best options, looking beyond the face value of available material information and developing a customized point of view regarding the use of sustainable materials.
• Discuss the growth and impact that sustainable materials have on the design industry.
• Review the current status of materials and gain an understanding of their impact on the environment.
• Examine and exercise a critical thinking process beneficial in assessing the specific appropriateness of materials in applications.
• Discuss various resources available in the industry that serve to keep designers current and accurate in their knowledge of sustainable materials.
1. What does the term "sustainable materials" mean? Identify and explore the similarities and differences of a client's perspective and a designer's understanding of what is meant by this term.
2. Introduce and examine information on a variety of popular 'materials', identifying the good/bad of each.
3. Engage in small group exercise that allows attendees to experience a typical design scenario involving sustainable materials and to practice the critical thinking process. Discuss and summarize.
4. Question and answer discussion.