Green star interiors – showing the benefitsTips and Advice, Lifestyle, Services
Most people would agree that sustainable building practices make good sense, particularly given the world’s growing population placing a greater strain on natural resources. But did you also know that sustainable building practices also offer significant health, education and productivity benefits? The new Green Star Interiors rating tool has been launched in order to help people experience healthy, comfortable and therefore more productive indoor environments.
Well according to the Green Building Council of Australia this is certainly the case when it comes to commercial properties that have embraced green building principles in their interior fit-outs.
Beyond the office, the evidence is clear that green building principles, when integrated into building interiors in schools, hospitals and retail centres, deliver massive health and productivity benefits.
A focus on good lighting and ventilation in education facilities has been found to deliver a 15 percent increase in student learning, a 25 percent increase in student test scores and a 41.5 percent improvement in student and teacher health.
Similarly, a range of international studies has confirmed that green healthcare facilities provide better patient care and reduce the length of stay required in hospital. One study found a 41 percent reduction in the average length of stay for patients in sunlit rooms over patients in dull rooms.
Based on these statistics it’s plain to see the benefits that going green in building design offers, but why limit it to offices, hospitals, schools and other commercial buildings when people are beginning to spend more and more time at home?
Eco-building practices can also offer significant health and wellbeing benefits in the home environment as well. Well designed homes that offer greater levels of natural light and fresh air-flow are not only healthier and more comfortable, they are also cheaper to run which is a good thing given the rising costs of electricity.
DION SEMINARA, DION SEMINARA ARCHITECTURE
Hi, I am Dion Seminara, practicing architect and licensed general builder for 20 years as well as an environmental sustainable design (ESD) expert. I graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with honours, QLD in 1989. Registered as an architect in 1991 and registered as a builder in 1992, I am also a fellow member of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA). Having received 12 ArCHdes Residential Architecture Awards, LJ Hooker Flood Free Home Design Award and the 2016 AIA Regional Commendation for Public Architecture, my expertise with both residential renovation (to all types of houses, especially Queenslanders, 50s/60s/80s), new contemporary homes and luxury residences has earned me a reputation as one of Brisbane's architectural specialists in lifestyle design architecture, interior design and landscape design.