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An illustrated guide to healthy, sustainable, and high-performing design methodologies

"A great deal of expertise, hands-on experience, and thorough research has gone into the preparation of Annette Stelmack's book. In this era, managing complex issues for healthier, greener, safer, and more resilient communities more effectively has become a major priority. An essential guide and much needed tool, it will enable interior designers to create homes within communities that are better places for our current and next generations."
—Linda Sorrento, FASID, IIDA, LEED-AP BD+C, Executive Director, National Academy of Environmental Design, Washington, DC

"It is rare indeed to find a green building professional who has the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience as Annette Stelmack. You just can't find a better resource on sustainable interior design."
—Peter Yost, LEED-AP, Principal and Vice President, Technical Services, BuildingGreen, Inc.

Environmental and health issues affecting the design of homes have moved into the mainstream as sustainable design has grown exponentially over the past decade. Today, there are countless resources available to the general public, demanding that residential interior designers understand, adopt and implement the current body of knowledge. As a result of this, it is essential that interior designers be the catalysts for change by providing up to date, credible, and responsible services.

The Second Edition of Sustainable Residential Interiors addresses cutting- edge processes, strategies, and principles as well as details for in-depth product vetting criteria. Award-winning, leading interior designer Annette Stelmack shares her expertise from the perspective of LEED BuildingDesign & Construction projects, healthy interiors, and chemical sensitivities, addressing principles, strategies, and solutions for design practitioners. A comprehensive update of the current state of the sustainable interior

design industry is provided, including present and upcoming industry transformations, thought-leading principles, strategies and practices

for project implementation, and fine points and resources for in-depth product vetting to support high-performing, healthy interiors.

Sustainable Residential Interiors takes readers through an integrated design process, demonstrating relevant principles and practices that apply to essentially any interiors project toward creating an environment that is healthy, high-performing, functional, sustainable, and beautiful. In doing so, it:

  • Promotes critical thinking about health and environmental issues in the building industry
  • Features checklists and current resources, providing a "hands on" practical approach
  • Addresses in-depth, applicable third party certifications and details on relevant building rating systems
  • Provides in-depth strategies and criteria for fixed interior finishes, fixtures, equipment and furnishings
  • Demonstrates successful, relevant, diverse and inspiring case studies
  • Delivers comprehensive tools and resources for researching and vetting products' composition and chemical make-up.
  • Evaluates all aspects of a building's interior to identify and implement methods that: save energy and water; reduce Co2 emissions and waste; improve indoor air quality free of toxins; and are responsive to environmental impacts
  • Encourages forward-thinking by featuring inspirational statements from mentors, peers, and industry leaders
  • Urges interior designers to commit to designing safe, healthy environments that are integral to a professional code of ethics, which ensure the delivery of positive outcomes for the client and any building's future occupants

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