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Sustainable Residential Interiors, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-89693-8
688 pages
September 2014
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The Second Edition of Sustainable Residential Interiors addresses cutting edge processes, strategies, and principles as well as details for in-depth product vetting criteria. Award-winning, leading interior designer Annette Stelmack shares her expertise from the perspective of LEED Building Design & Construction projects, healthy interiors, and chemical sensitivities, addressing principles, strategies, and solutions for design practitioners. A comprehensive update of the current state of the sustainable interior design industry is provided, including present and upcoming industry transformations, thought-leading principles, strategies and practices for project implementation, and fine points and resources for in-depth product vetting to support high-performing, healthy interiors.

Sustainable Residential Interiors takes readers through an integrated design process, demonstrating relevant principles and practices that apply to essentially any interiors project toward creating an environment that is healthy, high-performing, functional, sustainable, and beautiful. In doing so, it:

  • Promotes critical thinking about health and environmental issues in the building industry
  • Features checklists and current resources, providing a "hands on" practical approach
  • Addresses in-depth, applicable third party certifications and details on relevant building rating systems
  • Provides in-depth strategies and criteria for fixed interior finishes, fixtures, equipment and furnishings
  • Demonstrates successful, relevant, diverse and inspiring case studies
  • Delivers comprehensive tools and resources for researching and vetting products' composition and chemical make-up.
  • Evaluates all aspects of a building's interior to identify and implement methods that: save energy and water; reduce Co2 emissions and waste; improve indoor air quality free of toxins; and are responsive to environmental impacts
  • Encourages forward-thinking by featuring inspirational statements from mentors, peers, and industry leaders
  • Urges interior designers to commit to designing safe, healthy environments that are integral to a professional code of ethics, which ensure the delivery of positive outcomes for the client and any building's future occupants
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

CHAPTER 1 Why Be Sustainable? 1

What Are Green Buildings? 3

Conclusion 32

Resources 32

CHAPTER 2 Inspiring Stories 33

CHAPTER 3 Inspiring Projects 53

CHAPTER 4 Healthy Interiors 81

Green Building Framework 82

Why Health Matters 86

Safety and Well-Being 102

Healthy, High-Performing Strategies 106

Team Integration 118

Benefits 119

Next Steps 122

Resources 122

CHAPTER 5 Greening Projects 125

Getting Started on a Green Project 126

Integrated Design Approach and Criteria 131

Interior Designer’s Role 133

Jobsite Measures 135

Client’s Role and Responsibilities 138

Green Builder Programs 140

Green Building Cost Considerations 141

Resources 143

CHAPTER 6 Greening Specifications 145

Product Criteria 147

Vetting Products 162

Materials Safety Data Sheets 163

Questions for Manufacturers and Suppliers 167

In Summary 186

Resources 187

CHAPTER 7 Green Building Rating Systems 189

National and International Programs 191

Regional Programs 207

Frameworks and Guidelines 208

Holistic Communities 209

Tools and Resources 210

Resource 210

CHAPTER 8 Certifications and Standards 211

What Are Green Certifications and Standards and Why Are They Important? 211

Certification Resources 214

Indoor Environmental Quality 217

Life-Cycle Assessment 220

Carbon Footprint 223

Compostable 224

Certifications and Standards by Category/Material Type 224

Resources 239

CHAPTER 9 Concrete 241

Where Does It Come From? 245

Installation 245

Maintenance 249

Where Does It Go? 249

Spec List 250

Resources 250

CHAPTER 10 Masonry 251

Where Does It Come From? 255

Installation 255

Maintenance 257

Where Does It Go? 257

Spec List 257

Resources 258

CHAPTER 11 Metals 259

Where Does It Come From? 264

Installation 264

Maintenance 265

Where Does It Go? 266

Spec List 266

Resources 266

CHAPTER 12 Wood and Composites 267

Sustainable Wood Choices 269

Where Does It Come From? 279

Installation 280

Maintenance 282

Where Does It Go? 282

Spec List 283

Biobased Composites (Wood Alternatives) 284

Where Does It Come From? 287

Installation 287

Maintenance 287

Where Does It Go? 288

Spec List 288

Resources 288

CHAPTER 13 Openings: Doors and Windows 289

Interior Doors 291

Where Does It Come From? 292

Installation 292

Maintenance 292

Where Does It Go? 293

Spec List 293

Windows and Exterior Doors 293

Where Does It Come From? 297

Installation 298

Maintenance 298

Where Does It Go? 298

Spec List 298

Hardware 299

Where Does It Come From? 300

Where Does It Go? 300

Spec List 300

Resources 300

CHAPTER 14 Finishes 301

Plaster and Gypsum Board 302

Gypsum Plaster 303

Where Does It Come From? 304

Installation 304

Maintenance 305

Where Does It Go? 306

Resource 306

Spec List 306

Portland Cement Plaster 307

Lime Plaster 307

Where Does It Come From? 308

Installation 308

Maintenance 308

Where Does It Go? 309

Spec List 309

Resource 309

Venetian Plaster 310

Where Does It Come From? 310

Installation 310

Maintenance 310

Where Does It Go? 310

Spec List 310

Resource 311

Earthen Plaster 311

Where Does It Come From? 311

Installation 312

Maintenance 313

Where Does It Go? 313

Spec List 313

Resource 313

Gypsum Board: Drywall, Wallboard 313

Where Does It Come From? 315

Installation 317

Maintenance 317

Where Does It Go? 318

Spec List 318

Resources 319

Tile 319

Where Does It Come From? 323

Installation 324

Maintenance 325

Where Does It Go? 326

Spec List 327

Resources 327

Flooring 328

Bamboo Flooring 328

Where Does It Come From? 329

Installation 330

Maintenance 331

Where Does It Go? 331

Spec List 332

Resource 333

Leather Flooring 333

Installation 333

Maintenance 334

Where Does It Go? 334

Spec List 334

Cork Flooring 334

Where Does It Come From? 337

Installation 337

Maintenance 338

Where Does It Go? 338

Spec List 338

Resources 339

Biocomposite Flooring 339

Where Does It Come From? 342

Installation 342

Maintenance 343

Where Does It Go? 343

Spec List 343

Wood Flooring 343

Where Does It Come From? 346

Installation 347

Maintenance 348

Where Does It Go? 349

Spec List 349

Resources 350

Linoleum 350

Where Does It Come From? 351

Installation 351

Maintenance 352

Where Does It Go? 352

Spec List 352

“Rubber” Flooring 353

Where Does It Come From? 353

Where Does It Go? 353

Spec List 353

Resource 354

Concrete Flooring 354

Terrazzo 354

Where Does It Come From? 355

Installation 355

Maintenance 356

Where Does It Go? 356

Spec List 356

Resources 357

Carpet 357

Where Does It Come From? 360

Installation 361

Maintenance 361

Where Does It Go? 361

Spec List 362

Resources 363

Wall Treatments 363

Installation 367

Maintenance 368

Where Does It Go? 368

Spec List 368

Paint and Coatings 369

Casein or Milk Paint 373

Where Does It Come From? 374

Installation 374

Maintenance 375

Where Does It Go? 375

Spec List 375

Silicate Dispersion Paint 375

Where Does It Come From? 376

Installation 376

Maintenance 376

Where Does It Go? 377

Spec List 377

“Natural” or “Organic” Paints 377

Where Does It Come From? 379

Installation 379

Maintenance 379

Where Does It Go? 380

Spec List 380

Conventional Paint 380

Where Does It Come From? 385

Installation 386

Maintenance 387

Where Does It Go? 388

Spec List 388

Resources 389

Overview: Stains, Finishes, and Adhesives 389

Stains, Colorants, and Tints 390

Finishes, Sealants, and Topcoats 390

Adhesives and Glues 391

Spec List 392

Resources 392

CHAPTER 15 Specialties 393

Shower Enclosures 394

Where Does It Come From? 394

Where Does It Go? 394

Installation 395

Maintenance 395

Spec List 395

Closets and Shelving 395

Fireplaces and Stoves 395

Where Does It Come From? 399

Installation 399

Maintenance 400

Where Does It Go? 400

Spec List 401

Resources 401

CHAPTER 16 Equipment: Appliances and Office Equipment 403

Appliances 404

Where Does It Come From? 414

Installation 415

Maintenance 415

Where Does It Go? 416

Spec List 417

Computers, Printers, and Office Equipment 417

Where Does It Come From? 420

Maintenance 420

Where Does It Go? 420

Spec List 421

Resources 421

CHAPTER 17 Mechanical: Plumbing 423

Toilets, Urinals, and Bidets 425

Lavatories and Sinks 428

Showers and Tubs 429

Fittings 430

Graywater 431

Where Does It Come From? 432

Installation 432

Maintenance 432

Where Does It Go? 434

Spec List 434

Resources 434

CHAPTER 18 Electrical: Lighting and Light Fixtures 435

Types of Bulbs 438

Bulb Efficacy 443

Lighting Controls 443

Fixtures 444

Where Does It Come From? 444

Installation 445

Maintenance 446

Where Does It Go? 446

Spec List 447

Resources 447

CHAPTER 19 Furnishings 449

Countertops 450

Concrete Countertops 451

Where Does It Come From? 451

Installation 452

Maintenance 452

Where Does It Go? 452

Spec List 453

Resources 453

Stone Countertops 453

Where Does It Come From? 454

Installation 454

Maintenance 456

Where Does It Go? 456

Spec List 456

Resources 456

Metal Countertops 457

Where Does It Come From? 458

Installation 458

Maintenance 458

Where Does It Go? 459

Spec List 459

Resources 460

Wood Countertops 460

Where Does It Come From? 461

Installation 461

Maintenance 461

Where Does It Go? 461

Spec List 461

Resources 462

Ceramic Tile Countertops 462

Where Does It Come From? 463

Installation 463

Maintenance 464

Where Does It Go? 464

Spec List 464

Resources 465

Glass and Glass Tile Countertops 465

Where Does It Come From? 465

Installation 465

Maintenance 466

Where Does It Go? 467

Spec List 467

Solid Surface, Composite, and Laminate Countertops 467

Where Does It Come From? 469

Installation 469

Maintenance 470

Where Does It Go? 470

Spec List 470

Linoleum Countertops 470

Where Does It Come From? 471

Installation 472

Maintenance 472

Where Does It Go? 472

Spec List 472

Cabinetry 472

Where Does It Come From? 477

Installation 478

Maintenance 479

Where Does It Go? 479

Spec List 479

Resources 480

Textiles 481

Where Does It Come From? 495

Maintenance 496

Where Does It Go? 496

Spec List 497

Resources 498

Case Pieces 499

Where Does It Come From? 505

Installation 505

Maintenance 506

Where Does It Go? 507

Spec List 507

Resources 508

Upholstery 508

Where Does It Come From? 512

Installation 514

Maintenance 514

Where Does It Go? 515

Spec List 515

Resources 515

Lighting 515

Where Does It Come From? 517

Maintenance 517

Where Does It Go? 517

Spec List 517

Resources 518

Mattresses and Bedding 518

Where Does It Come From? 526

Maintenance 526

Where Does It Go? 526

Spec List 527

Resources 527

Area Rugs 528

Where Does It Come From? 530

Maintenance 530

Where Does It Go? 530

Spec List 531

Resources 531

Window Treatments 531

Where Does It Come From? 535

Maintenance 535

Where Does It Go? 535

Spec List 535

Resource 536

Accessories and Art 536

Where Does It Come From? 540

Installation and Maintenance 540

Where Does It Go? 541

Spec List 542

CHAPTER 20 Green Business Development 543

Relationship Building 544

Networking 546

Target Markets 550

Market Differentiation 551

Innovation Benefits 552

Strategic Action Plan 552

Outreach 553

Sharing Successful Projects 555

Cost Considerations 556

Value Bonding 557

Resources 560

CHAPTER 21 Sustaining Life 561

Questioning the Status Quo 562

Purposeful Living 566

Inspirational Mentors 567

Next Steps 570

CHAPTER 22 What’s Next? 573

Abundance 574

Building Science 577

Education 578

Future Generations 584

Health 590

High Performance 597

Restorative 607

Regenerative 609

Resilency 615

Technology 616

Transparency 618

Conclusion 621

Resources 623

Websites 623

Recommended Reading 635

Glossary 639

Index 655

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Author Information

Annette Stelmack, LEED AP BD+C, is the founding principal of design firm Inspirit. A nationally recognized leader, educator, and author she specializes in providing healthy, high performing, and sustainable interiors for multi-unit housing, residential, hospitality and spa projects. An expert trainer she creates and delivers sustainable curriculum through strategic public and private partnerships, such as USGBC LEED Faculty™, ASID, and IDCEC. A founding member of USGBC Colorado, Annette pioneered Colorado's sustainability community and serves in multiple volunteer leadership roles nationally for USGBC, Center for Green Schools, and ASID.

Kari Foster, Owner & Principal Designer of Associates III, inspires change through design and is an acknowledged environmental leader (LUXE CO Magazine) and a Top Woman in Design (Mountain Living Magazine).

Debbie Hindman, LEED AP, is Associates III's Marketing Manager. Educator, researcher, and advocate for all things green design, she leads the firm's business development and marketing activities.

Associates III is an interior design firm focused on creating interiors that are life-enhancing, responsible, healthy, and beautiful. Transforming spaces for more than 40 years, Associates III brings experience, environmental sensitivity, and synergy to each project by providing impeccable service, integrity in their practices, and a holistic team approach. Leading by example, Associates III sets themselves apart by combining superb designs with a proven commitment to a sustainable design philosophy.

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