It's no surprise that after decades of being 'under construction' Dubai has had to evaluate it's positioning on the worlds CO2 emission radar.
It is no surprise that after decades of being 'under construction' Dubai has had to evaluate it's positioning on the world's CO2 emission radar.
In light of these concerns, this month saw a series of conferences and seminars urging developers, architects and interior designers to consider the adoption of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
In a presentation held by Denise Bellas, a LEED AP, and Certified Green Building Professional, (CGBP), she stated: "we all know that we have issues with CO2 emissions. Forty percent of material and energy consumption on this planet is attributed to building and 33% of CO2 emission comes from the building process itself."
LEED, having emerged as the industry's most sought after sustainable property rating system, has become synonymous with the term 'green building' - certifying interiors that are healthy, productive, less costly to maintain, and have a reduced environmental footprint.
This suggests that careful consideration of appropriate recycling measures for worn-out interiors, and indoor air quality, should be at the top of the agenda for developments seeking LEED certification.
If you're wondering how to make a difference and reduce your environmental footprint, the use of rapidly renewable materials is the answer, according to Bellas. "Incorporating the use of plant-based products into interiors. These will re-generate and re-grow within a ten year process: cotton, wool, cork and bamboo, these are all easily grown back."
Selin Arkut is the assistant editor of Commercial Interior Design.