Sustainability for Wellbeing
Sustainability as described in the light of its three pillars should take into account economical, social and environmental factors. Sustainable Interior Design should not only provide economical and environmental benefits but also help with social concerns such as human health.
While trying to decide on a research topic for my M.A. thesis, I stumbled upon this article by Elina Grigoriou and I immediately knew that I wanted to focus my thesis on the application of sustainability practices for wellbeing. I explored how sustainable practices in interior design could help military families wellbeing. I guided my research by the five categories proposed in Elina’s article: (1) Indoor Air Quality (2) Acoustics (3) Design Character (4) Physical Arrangement & Furniture (5) and Light.
(1) Indoor Air Quality: Interior design specifications can help increase ventilation and reduce CO2, VOCs, and air particles.
(2) Acoustics: Interior designers can include materials that help control how sound impacts the occupants within and through spaces.
(3) Design Character: Interior design plans can help ensure harmony of colors, shapes, textures and combinations between them that facilitates wellbeing.
(4) Physical Arrangement & Furniture: Taking into consideration environmental psychology
issues, layouts and relationships of spaces and functions, interior designers can create an environment that promotes healthy interactions.
(5) Light: By providing quality controllable sources of light, natural and artificial, interior designers help dwellers maximize light benefits.