There has been a literal explosion of environmental consciousness over the past several years. Today's consumers are placing a higher value on eco-friendly products and services and the green movement is definitely here to stay. A traditional design approach used to involve three basic criteria: cost, performance, and aesthetics. However, a fourth criteria that has become increasingly more important is considering whether a solution is ecologically intelligent. Rapidly growing populations are putting greater strains on our earth’s resources and people are becoming more sensitive to their environments. Designworks Studio understands that our designs can have an impact on the occupants in the interiors that we create, as well as the earth’s ecosphere. Amy has been incorporating sustainable techniques and materials into her projects for over ten years now, and recently furthered her commitment to sustainable design by becoming a LEED accredited professional. Whether you are pursuing LEED certification on your project, or are just trying to make environmentally responsible decisions, incorporating sustainable design practices into a project can add economic value by increasing energy efficiency, reducing utility costs, and by improving the occupant’s comfort and health allowing them to be more productive.
“A key element in our approach was to go as green as possible. Amy went out of her way to find sustainable resources in such things as flooring, light fixtures, and furniture and fabric options.”
- Sister Gabrielle Marie Oestreich, OSB