Is your House ready to fight the Global Warming issue?
Green or eco-friendly interior design focuses on improving indoor air quality as well as reducing the impact that furniture purchases have on the environment.
How does it affect me?
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that most people spend approximately 90% of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often two to five times higher than typical outdoor concentrations. Since so much of our time is spent indoors, it’s crucial that close attention is paid to the products that we bring into our homes.
Definition of VOC
Volatile Organic Compound. These are chemicals that off-gas into the air – some of which have harmful long-term health effects.
Skip the flame retardants, go organic. Standard upholstered goods are made from polyurethane foam (poly-foam) wrapped in dacron. Both materials are man-made and petroleum-based. They contain isocyanates and polyols that are highly flammable and are often treated with flame-retardant chemicals to reduce combustibility. The chemicals in these flame retardants have been linked to a wide range of health problems such as impaired fertility and IQ and developmental problems in children.
Opt for furniture made from solid wood such as walnut, teak, oak or maple.Wood furniture is typically held together by basic wood joinery techniques, ensuring a stronger bond and requiring less adhesives, which are the main culprits in harmful VOC emissions.
Choose natural fibers such as wool, cotton, or jute over synthetics. Wool is naturally fire retardant unlike its artificial counterparts, which are prone to igniting more easily. Wool absorbs moisture and captures dust or pollen, thus reducing humidity and allergens in the air.
Choose zero-VOC or low-VOC paints. Green Assure by Asian Paints, which is available in any of their wide range of colors.
It is always important to consider those who are living in a home. It is not just the beauty of that house that matters but also the well-being of the homeowners and the visitors as well.
Apart from creating an eco-friendly exterior design, having a green interior would also be better. Of course, it would be good to have a home wherein people are of good health condition and those inside it are all helpful for the environment. Designing a home with the environment and the well-being of the people in mind is called sustainable designing.
Benefits of Eco Friendly Living
The Indian Green Building Council facilitates the green building movement through various programmes and workshops, accredits developers and provides certification for green buildings. It has over 1,400 members countrywide. Such residential projects are characterised by eco-friendly amenities such as rainwater
harvesting, water recycling and solar power systems. The state government announced a scheme where buildings with green certification would be given priority for environmental clearance.
Environmentalists say that despite the fact that the cost of green buildings is 3% to 8% more than regular buildings, this is recovered in two to three years through savings in energy and water bills.