July 2012

Proposal for SBID members to work together towards reducing their environmental impact

All business activities cause some degree of environmental impact by consuming natural resources, generating waste and releasing polluting discharges/emissions. There is an increasing expectation on businesses to take more responsibility for their environmental impacts and comply with environmental legislation. Implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS) to a formal standard, such as ISO 14001 or BS 8555, is the most direct, recognised and meaningful response that any business can take to address these issues.

Benefits of Environmental Management Systems:
Typically, the implementation of an EMS helps to deliver key business benefits:

• Cost savings through resource efficiency, pollution prevention and waste management – Defra research showed average annual cost savings for  small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) of £4,875 per £million of turnover
• Alignment with customer expectations and business growth on the back of stronger marketing credentials – the same Defra research showed average annual new business sales of £14,961 per £million of turnover per SME
• Meets expectations of stakeholders, such as insurers, employees, investors and regulators
• Strengthens business image and reputation
• Improves legal compliance status, and reduces business risk and insurance premiums.

SBID EMS programme:
Members of SBID who are serious about making progress on the environmental agenda and improving their business credentials are invited to express interest in an interior design sector EMS support programme.

Instead of each company taking its own path to implement an EMS, SBID is proposing to offer a sector-based EMS support programme which helps to reduce implementation costs by over 50%. The programme will offer a baseline audit, six sequential training workshops, two on-site support days and a series of detailed EMS guidance notes and templates. This sector approach also provides for group best practice sharing and problem solving.

WYG is a leading multi-disciplinary consultancy with a long history of providing businesses with environmental consultancy services including EMS implementation and has already worked with 10 sectors to deliver sector-specific programmes such as that discussed here.

The SBID programme will run for 10 to 12 months and at its conclusion, each participant company will be ready to achieve ISO 14001 certification via a formal third party audit. The participation costs are likely to be between £3,000 and £4,000 per company, which represents great value for the package of support on offer and given the benefits typically experienced from EMS implementation.

MEMBERS ONLY: For further details or to express interest in participating, please contact or visit the exclusive news of the members area.


February 2012

SBID Members are our most important commodity. Protecting and promoting their interests is our core remit. How we do this takes many forms. Who we partner and who we reject must also reflect the interests of our members. This is the driver of everything we do and the fundamental quality that is the Society of British Interior Design.

Our campaign to promote sustainability as a responsibility of all SBID members is crucial. Sustainability is not just about products but about the use of interiors. The design of an interior space by an SBID registered member will always have a sustainable process and awareness.

SBID is championed sustainability with our support for research and development programmes and initiatives to enhance business development:

A) Design in infrastructure development for housing – SBID encourages manufacturers, architects and designers to adopt and innovate materials and energy saving initiatives to ensure that all project satisfy the highest corporate and social responsibility goals.

To register an interest in conferences, product development and inclusion in this development campaign email

B) Design in IT development – Technology and the digital world is changing every aspect of our lives, and it is central to the sustainability debate. If you’re interested in the sustainability development of infrastructure technology and how your products might be part of this revolution, you can join the partnership SBID has created to examine how future buildings will consume energy and deliver intelligent communications.

C) Design in product fibre – SBID supports the silk, cotton, wool* and other natural fibres used in products for industrial, contract and residential use in any interior environment. Register your interest in the use of silk, cotton or wool as a natural fibre at

*SBID was invited to represent interiors by the British Wool Marketing Board for the CAMPAIGN FOR WOOL global five year awareness campaign.

 May 2011


Vivienne Westwood, acclaimed British fashion designer and businesswoman, becomes SBID Ambassador for Campaign for Wool.Wool is a freely traded international commodity, subject to global supply and demand and representing only 3% world fibre production. While the British Wool Marketing Board only handles fleece wool, production figures also include skin wool from sheep handled through the abattoirs woolsatistics.pdf



March 2011

SBID collaborates on knowledge share and opportunities for our respective members, clients and consumers with the following organisations:








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September 2010

Vanessa Brady, president of SBID, presented Wools of New Zealand with a high-profile Sustainability Award for its collaborative work in the development of WoJo™ — a revolutionary sustainable textile for Starbucks coffeehouses in their move to enhance their store interiors.

The award was presented on behalf of the 2010 Campaign for Wool, convened by HRH Prince of Wales, in association with The Society of British Interior Design (SBID).

WoJo™ was conceptualised by The Formary, a New Zealand based design company charged with combining Starbuck’s jute coffee sacks with wool to create a sustainable fabric, in collaboration with UK weavers Camira and wool suppliers, Wools of New Zealand.New Zealand Trade and Enterprise recommended Wools of New Zealand as a partner, recognising its innovation, global expertise and industry connections as significant sources of advantage in moving the project to completion.

WoJo™ was launched in London earlier this week as partof Wool Week, a campaign to support sheep farming and the wool industry. The 70 percent wool component in WoJo™ is supplied by Wools of New Zealand under the Laneve sustainability brand introduced in 2009 and now adopted by 51 trade partners internationally.
As part of its launch this week, WoJo™ was featured at Starbucks’ flagship Conduit Street store in London’s West End. It will be rolled out across 8,000 Starbucks stores over the next five years.

SBID President Vanessa Brady and Campaign for Wool Chairman John Thorley OBE








January 2010


The design industry needs to put sustainability at its core, reports the SBID conference

The Society of British Interior Design and the Building Research Establishment (BRE) announced the launch of the first stage of its Environmental Strategy that puts the green agenda at the heart of architecture and interior design at the recent Sustainability Conference held by the Society.

The new joint research project is the key element of the Environmental Strategy, and will provide the link between sustainable buildings and organisational and economic performance. The aim is to assess each aspect of ‘bottom line’ sustainability, where interior design provides value and long-term savings in building refurbishment or new-build fit-out.

Nicholas C Thompson, senior partner, Cole Thompson Anders architects, who chairs the Sustainability Sub-Committee for the Society of British Interior Design, said: “There’s little in the way of case study evidence specifically relating organisational performance to good sustainable design. During the research we’ll assess case studies from the Society’s members to see how the sustainability of interior design and fit-out in the UK can be improved.”

Vanessa Brady, Chairman of the Society of British Interior Design added: “However this isn’t just a knowledge-sharing exercise. We realise the opportunity to exemplify and promote the role of design professionals in sustainable regeneration helps the environment and sustain resources. There are clear value-driven benefits for all areas of bottom line sustainability: social well-being, environmental regulations and economic profitability.”

The research project, the first of its kind between the BRE and the interior design sector, was launched by Thompson at the Sustainability Conference, held at the Building Centre, London. The conference was attended by world leaders on sustainability, architecture and interior design – including the John Alker, Head of Advocacy, UK Green Building Council and Thomas Vecchione, Principal at Gensler NY.

Jon Mussett, Head of Building Design Consultancy, BRE, highlighted that the key objectives for this research are:

• To improve the sustainability of interior architecture, design and fit-out
• To lead by example
• To create a universal toolkit or organisational performance matrix for professionals that can be used to assess the impact sustainable designs have on productivity, well being and economic behaviour, as well as building performance

The Society’s Environmental Strategy is based on ‘The Big Idea’ which was identified by Thompson in a collaborative project with Orion Innovations for the East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA). The second stage of this project is being taken forward by E C Harris and the BRE on behalf of the EDMA. This phase of the Environmental Strategy will be conducted over the next six months, with an ultimate aim to create a professional toolkit for the Society’s members.

October 2009

The Campaign for Wool was convened by HRH Prince Charles in 2009 and SBID was appointed as the official body for interiors.
SBID has worked tirelessly to promote wool consumption and specification in numerous applications and environments as a sustainable fibre.

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