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  • Sustainable Commercial Interiors
    Sustainable Commercial Interiors


Applying environmentally responsible strategies to the interior design process, Sustainable Commercial Interiors provides designers with everything they need to know about sustainability when working on commercial projects. Organized to mimic the LEED Green Building Rating System, this book covers everything from global environmental issues to water and energy usage to the latest information on materials, finishes, and furnishings. The Second Edition is fully updated to reflect the new LEED 2012 guidelines and includes fifteen brand new case studies that illustrate the green design and building strategies employed in a variety of commercial projects. Illustrated in full color throughout, the new edition includes instructor ancillary materials for classroom use.

Table of Contents

Alex Wilson




Chapter 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

Integrating Sustainability Into Your Design Practice: An Essay by Kendall Wilson

What’s LEED Got to Do With It?

Making Integrated Design Work

The Design Charrette

Taking the Mystery Out of Commissioning

Commissioning the Interior Project: An Essay by Jay Enck

Chapter 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

Bio-Inspired Design: What Can We Learn from Nature? An Essay by Judith Heerwagen

The Journey Ahead: An Essay by Bill Reed

Chapter 3 Sites, Water and Energy

Matters of Site

Site Sustainability Matters: An Essay by Gina Baker

What’s LEED Got To Do With It?

Reducing Water Use

What’s LEED Got To Do With It?

Optimizing Energy Use

Energy Efficiency in an Interiors Project: An Essay by Marcus Sheffer


Heating and Cooling

Chapter 4 The Materials Maze

Ask More Questions: An Essay by Nadav Malin

Navigating the Materials Maze

Life Cycle Studies: A Comparison


A Guide to Researching Sustainable Materials: An Essay by Jean Hansen

Transparency—or Not

Natural Versus Synthetic Materials

Furnishings and Finishes: An Overview



Resilient Flooring

Hard Flooring

Wood Flooring

Wood and Millwork


Paints, Wall Finishes, and Wallcoverings

Surfacing Materials


Green Product Trends: An Essay by Wanda Lau

What’s LEED Got To Do With It?

Chapter 5 The Indoor Environment

The Air That We Breathe

Interior Design: First Step Towards Providing Good IAQ: An Essay by Marilyn Black

The Elusive Thermal Comfort

Noise: The Other Pollutant

Let There Be (Day)light

Why Daylighting? An Essay by Nancy Clanton

The Importance of Views

What’s LEED Got To Do With It?

Chapter 6 The Tools of Our Trade

Green Building Organizations, Rating Systems And Design Guides

Product Standards and Certifications

Multi-Attribute Product Standards and Certifications

Single-Attribute Product Standards and Certifications

Green Product Information Programs

LCA Analysis Tools

Product Guides


Four Steps to Greening Your Specifications: An Essay by Ross Speigel

The Sustainable Library

Chapter 7 The Business Case for Green Design

Building a Tangible Symbol

Making the Case

Costs and Benefits of Green Building

The Economics of a Green Work Space: An Essay by Bill Browning

An Integrated Whole

Chapter 8 Practicing What They Preach

What Do Green Professionals Do? An Essay by Holley Henderson

Great Expectations

U.S. Green Building Council Headquarters, Washington, D.C., USA

Dynamic Energy

Cannon Design, Chicago, Illinois

Repurpose With Style

HDR Architecture, Inc., San Francisco, California

Engage & Express

RTKL Associates Inc., Washington, D.C.

The Three C’s

HOK Chicago, Illinois, USA

Adaptive Reuse in Midtown Atlanta

Perkins + Will, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Chapter 9 Substance and Style

A Bit of Britain in Manhattan

BBC Worldwide Americas, New York, NY, USA

Respecting the Past, Providing for the Future

Federal Center South, 1202 Building, Seattle, Washington, USA

The Healing Properties of Nature

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, USA

High Tech, High Touch

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Academic Library Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

True to Its Roots

J.W. Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Big Impact In a Small Footprint

Welch Allyn, Inc., Skaneateles Falls, New York, USA

Collaborative Cube

Kaleida Health Gates Vascular Institute/SUNY at Buffalo Clinical Translational Research Center, Buffalo, New York




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