The future is eco-friendly. Interior design and interior drafting will need to get with the program. This will include a vast range of spaces, including restaurants, lobbies, residential hotels, gyms, community centers, club houses, and more.
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Eco-friendly interior designing, also called sustainable interior designing, is becoming increasingly important.
The retail store lifecycle is getting shorter. We are living in a culture of ‘pop-up retail’, in which a store opens for a few months with the motive of leaving an impression on potential customers, and then moves to another location.
Conversely, permanent stores often don’t keep the same interior for a long period, as people demand variety. In both scenarios, sustainable retail interior designing creates a win-win situation for both the environment and the brand.
Here are some great interior design ideas you can incorporate in your next project.
The most important part of the eco-friendly idea is the type of material procured in the interior design project. Sustainable materials are not harmful to the environment, are recyclable, and will produce minimal toxic or non-biodegradable waste.
Great materials for environmentally conscious design:
- Scrap or recycled metal
- Reclaimed wood such as barn wood or weathered wood
- Recycled timber
- Recycled plastic
These materials are versatile in nature and can be explored in innumerable design ideas.
Eco-friendly finishes you can consider:
- Finishes with low VOCs
- Latex paint
- Water-based paint, sealants and stains
- Milk paint
- Low-biocide paint
Flaunt your environmentally conscious materials with signboards or notes so your customers know! They will appreciate your efforts.
Thermal insulation in the long run lowers costs by saving electricity utilized by the temperature control system. This can be achieved by using the environment-friendly insulation in the walls, floors, and roofs of the building.
For example, the straw bale method is commonly used, in which a double wall structure sandwiches a straw bale.
Apart from this, cotton or cellulose and sheep wool can be used as insulation that can handle both cool and warm weather conditions. Since most heat escapes through windows, the windows should be of high quality and provide insulation. Carpets are also fantastic insulators – they can retain as much as 10% of a space’s heat.
Control Electricity Consumption
Controlling electricity consumption is a concern of every business. Unnecessary consumption can be limited using various interior designing techniques.
Natural light can replace electrical fittings during the day with large windows and/or skylights. One can also use energy-efficient light sources, motion detectors, glass walls, automatic temperature controlling, and automatic timers to switch lights on and off.
Flexible and Durable Interior Design
One of the simplest ways to avoid needless waste is to account for longevity of materials, objects and spaces. A key to this is to design flexible interiors. Pick timelessness over quick trends and invest in quality pieces that will last you a long time. This will also be cost-effective in the long run.
Environmentally conscious interior design will require accompanying interior drafting. Luckily for you, UMI does just that.