Interior designing or interior fit out projects have large variation in type and scale. Some components such as daylight, electric lighting, water use, material use and indoor environmental quality are common in all kind of projects. This course introduces simple measurable aspects for each of these components using which the sustainability quotient for a project can be assessed.
Design is very subjective. But sustainability can be objective and measurable. You will learn about concepts that are applicable irrespective of the design language.
If you have work experience as a designer and are interested in learning about sustainability, you will be able to quickly apply the concepts covered in this course in your practice.
I have designed this course in short lectures covering each topic in a simple and easy to understand language. There are 5 lectures in this course with 1 hour of video content. I have included exercises and some simple calculations within the lectures to help you reinforce the concepts
Towards the end, you will learn about a sustainability matrix that can be used as a decision making tool for selecting materials that has the best sustainability score.
A short introduction on the course content, how it is structured, the objectives and the take aways
Daylight and artificial light play an important role in bringing out the overall design aesthetics. It also has a large role to play in sustainability with its impact on energy use and indoor environmental quality. Adequate daylight levels and reduced lighting energy use is an important consideration for green interiors
Water use might not get much attention when thinking about design. The good news is that the simple measures can be implemented to reduce water use in restrooms and other areas that use potable water.
Material selection and application is one of the most important design criteria in interior fit out projects. Key aspects about materials can help determine its sustainability quotient. This can in fact become a selection criteria in addition to cost, aesthetics and other design considerations.
This is one of those areas of sustainability that is entirely measurable, but has been established to have an impact on occupant health over a long term. You will learn about simple criteria that can be included in design specifications for a better indoor environment quality.
Please take the quiz to assess your understanding of the course.
Passionate about creating a sustainable built environment, Deepa brings international work experience along with interdisciplinary educational background. She graduated with a Master of Building Science from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Institute of Environmental Design, India. Deepa is a Registered Architect with the Indian Council of Architecture, a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE).
Over six years, Deepa has worked on number of projects in the US and India with a focus on bridging the gap between building design and technology. At EDS Pvt Ltd, she works on projects dealing with daylight assessment, building energy simulations, technical analysis for performance based design, conducting professional training programs, developing instructional content and facilitating green building certifications. Deepa has been instrumental in launching the EDS CPD (Continuous Professional Development) initiative. She is also the lead faculty for many professional courses and plays an active role in developing instructional content and assessment materials.