Cheat Sheet: 10 Strategies to Start With

These 10 strategies represent a basic, holistic approach to low-carbon interiors. They are useful perspectives regardless of where your practice is in its sustainability journey; technical resources and tools have been provided where necessary.

Learn the Language of Carbon

Low-carbon design begins with understanding basic carbon concepts and tools. See how >

Bring it Up with the Team

Initiate conversations about carbon with all stakeholders—clients, contractors, vendors, and end-users. See how >

Uncover Creative Possibilities

Prioritizing reuse and recycling can result in beautiful, exciting, and emotionally resonant spaces. See how >

Think Differently About Materials

Optimize the material palette and select products with appropriate durability for different applications. See how >

Find the Hotspots

Identify the parts of your work with the biggest carbon footprints so that you can tackle those first. See how >

Screen Products

Set up a general screening process for all materials and products so that decisions on individual projects become easier. See how>

Sample Responsibly

Reducing the waste of the sampling process helps cut down the carbon footprints of both firms and manufacturers. See how >

Partner Up to Reuse and Recycle

Find collaborators interested in sustainable construction and engage with them early. See how >

Design for the Next Life

Assume that any space you design will be deconstructed and renovated, and take decisions accordingly. See how >

Close Out Responsibly

Equip your current clients with enough information about their space so that future occupants and designers can reuse and renovate the space responsibly. See how >

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