SPEC-INAR Review from Spec-Net Building Index
Key Points From Our 2015 Specinar
Last November 26, 2015, In-House Group 3, Brickworks studio and Spec-Net brought together a seminar that focused on building interiors that are healthier, more eco-friendly, energy and waste efficient without compromising quality.
Attended by over 100 participants from all over Australia, the seminar entitled "Future Proofing Your Interiors: How to create sustainable interiors in today's throwaway society" shed light on how sustainable interiors and its materials can impact our lives.
Here are some of the key takeaways from the event:
1. Life Cycle Assessment - To know the environmental impacts of the products, processes or services that it goes through such as extraction of raw materials, production, packaging and transport, usage and disposal, and finally, recycling is important.
2. Chain of Custody - Consumers should be able to track the status that each product goes through. From collection of raw materials, manufacturing, transportation, retailer and consumer to ensure product safety and integrity. Companies should be able to provide the information to consumers.
3. Certifications - GECA, Green Tag, Fair Trade and FSC for timber to name a few, these certifications and standards are useful in making sure that the quality and integrity of a product is maintained. When this is unavailable, be sure to read labels and use your better judgment in determining the suitability of a product.
4. Alternative Materials for sustainable interiors - A questionable reputation notwithstanding, hemp is a durable material that is both naturally antibacterial and anti-microbial. Hemp is lighter than steel but it can withstand ten times its impact. This makes it ideal for building, construction and furnishing. Corn, Jute, Sea Grass, Linen, wool, and Silk are some other materials that you can use for carpets. Tiles and linoleum are some sustainable flooring materials while Timber is a tried and tested all-around material for building. LED is the preferred green alternative to the standard bulbs. Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) should be used for paint.
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