What does “going green” mean for Interiorscaping?
“Go Green” is a popular catch phrase lately. We see it all around us. Large companies are talking about what they are doing to go green. Television commercials are telling us what we can do to be more green and stores are lining their shelves with green products. The public seems to be ready to support taking care of the planet.
What does this mean for the interiorscaping industry? As businesses strive to project a green image they will turn to interior landscapes to create a healthy, natural ambiance. Indoor plants have many benefits from healthier psychological environments to improved air quality. Plants hold carbon take in carbon dioxide from the air and release oxygen. Whether they are indoors or out plants are helping to improve our environment.
One way that a business or organization can prove to the public that they are going green is a LEED certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). According to the USGBC website:
“LEED promotes sustainable building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance. The LEED rating systems are developed through an open, consensus-based process led by LEED committees, diverse groups of volunteers representing a cross-section of the building and construction industry.”
Businesses can earn credits towards receiving various levels of LEED certification. The credits come from a variety of initiatives from energy and water conservation to construction materials. According to the USGBC:
“LEED is flexible enough to apply to all building types – commercial as well as residential. It works throughout the building lifecycle – design and construction, operations and maintenance, tenant fitout, and significant retrofit.”
Interiorscapes are one of the building considerations that can earn LEED credits. However, Green Plants for Green Buildings states:
“to date the USGBC’s LEED system does not yet offer a specified direct credit for the inclusion of plant programs. Within the current LEED section titled “Innovation in Design” it is possible for plants to be part of a specially developed use of plants or a the use of plants within a type of educational design.”
Green Plants for Green Buildings includes on their website a narrative regarding the planning and research that was submitted for the first indoor landscape to receive LEED credits.
The future of going green
As interior landscaping gains ground in earning LEED credits businesses and organizations will benefit from being recognized as environmentally friendly. These businesses and organizations will be more and more likely to turn to interiorscapers to help them put their best green image forward. Interiorscapes not only have the potential to help earn certifications they project a green image to the visitor and employee in the most literal sense. Beautiful indoor plantscapes will display what businesses and organizations value. Those that value the environment will attract a client base that values the environment and that population is growing considerably.
Have you helped clients earn any environmental certifications? How have you helped clients project a green image?
“Yes! go green” image courtesy of syahmir
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