e-newsletter
digital edition
product info
advertise
Mcgraw Hill Construction
comment

Environmentally Responsible Design: Green and Sustainable Design for Interior Designers

Edited by Louise Jones. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, 2008, 414 pages, $75.

Reviewed by David Sokol

It seems hard to believe that John Wiley & Sons can put out another definitive textbook regarding sustainable design without cannibalizing itself. But according to Environmentally Responsible Design editor Louise Jones, most printed matter devoted to sustainable design practices is targeted to readers responsible for building construction, not interiors.

Environmentally Responsible Design: Green and Sustainable Design for Interior Designers
Image courtesy John Wiley & Sons
Environmentally Responsible Design: Green and Sustainable Design for Interior Designers
Rate this project:
Based on what you have seen and read about this project, how would you grade it? Use the stars below to indicate your assessment, five stars being the highest rating.
----- Advertising -----

Jones’s anthology suggests that there’s a lot of catching up to do. A goodly part of this tome treads paths tamped down by many feet, such as the rationale for environmental responsibility, the history of the environmentalist movement, and the cradle-to-cradle paradigm. It takes 150 pages or so to find information that is directly applicable to the day-to-day practice of sustainable interior design. When it does appear, it’s pretty useful stuff—tips for maximizing energy efficiency in a lighting plan, for example, or for navigating the many stamps of green approval now vying for attention in the eco-design marketplace. Two case studies also provide tangible lessons from the field. So, if you’re an interior designer truly uninitiated in the ways of sustainable design, then start here. If you know a thing or two about the field—and your logging on to the Greensource website suggests that you do—you may benefit more from continuing to extrapolate rules from the rich array of books geared toward construction. 

share: more »

 Reader Comments:

Sign in to Comment

To write a comment about this story, please sign in. If this is your first time commenting on this site, you will be required to fill out a brief registration form. Your public username will be the beginning of the email address that you enter into the form (everything before the @ symbol). Other than that, none of the information that you enter will be publically displayed.

We welcome comments from all points of view. Off-topic or abusive comments, however, will be removed at the editors’ discretion.

----- Advertising -----
----- Advertising -----
McGraw-Hill GreenSource Series
Reader Feedback
Most Commented Most Recommended
Rankings reflect comments made in the past 14 days
Rankings reflect comments made in the past 14 days
Greenbuild Photo Gallery


View all photos >>

Recent Forum Discussions

View all forum discusions >>