12th November 2021 | IN EXPERT INSIGHT | BY SBID ShareTweetPinterestLinkedIn Designing for Sustainable Interiors: How Can Interior Design Industry Address Climate Change? The latest panel discussion in collaboration with Grohe, hosted by SBID CEO Vanessa Brady, addressed key considerations for effectively designing interiors with sustainability and climate change in mind. The built environment accounts for 40 per cent of the UK’s carbon emissions in 2019, according to the UK Green Building Council. Awareness over the environmental impacts of the construction, architecture and interior design industries is growing, as concerns over climate change and the sustainability of our cities, societies and lifestyles continue to rise. As a result, more clients and interior designers are seeking to incorporate sustainable principles into the design of their interiors. The panel discussion explored the role interior designers and product manufacturers play in improving the impact of the industry and driving sustainable developments. From material selections and FF&E specification, to carbon neutral manufacturing, minimising waste and optimising energy efficiency. Key discussion points: What role do interior designers and product manufacturers play in tackling environmental impacts of the interior design industry? What factors are contributing to climate change within the industry and how can interior designers reduce these impacts through their design decisions? What are the key considerations for specifying sustainable design solutions in homes and businesses from the mass market through to the luxury sectors? Watch on demand on SBIDPro Speakers: Karl Lennon | Leader for Projects at Grohe Karl has over 15 years of experience in the specification of architectural products in the international arena, acting as a project consultant on projects worldwide. Working with Architects and Interior Designers, Karl supports projects in all sectors with a strong consideration of the sustainable impact of the products supplied. Now working for GROHE for 5 years, he offers support to leading A&D firms working on many award-winning projects. He is also the author of GROHE’s RIBA Approved CPDs on Water Saving, Hygiene, and 3D Printing. Pia Pelkonen | Creative Director at Pia Design Following a degree in interior architecture Pia gained experience across a variety of projects as a designer and project manager at leading design studios in London before establishing Pia Design. Everything that Pia Design does has the future of our home planet at its heart and Pia and her team actively champion more sustainable ways to remodel. They reuse, repurpose and refurbish before replacing, working with the belief that longevity is the best form of sustainability and that by taking inspiration from nature, they are able to create spaces that improve with age – interiors with a green soul. Cecilia Halling | Creative Director at Elicyon Cecilia Halling is the Creative Director of Elicyon, with over 10 years’ experience in luxury interior design. Originally from Sweden, Cecilia specialises in highly bespoke residential interiors that are tailored to ensure each project is innovative and unique. She leads the vision for a 30 strong team, delivering projects all over the world. Cover image credits: Interior design by LIA Design. From online panel discussions and podcast interviews, to Accredited CPD webinars, SBID provides access to exclusive industry content. Email [email protected] to get involved and share your professional views on the interior design profession!