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A step-by-step guide to designing environmentally friendly commercial interiors.

Millions of people in the U.S. workforce rely on interior designers to create environments that make them happy and productive, as well as promote their safety and well-being. Sustainable Commercial Interiors provides an engaging introduction to and exploration of the vast field of sustainable design as it specifically relates to commercial interior spaces.

In Sustainable Commercial Interiors, coauthors Penny Bonda, a noted expert on interior design and sustainability, and Katie Sosnowchik, an interior design editor and innovator, share their passion for environmental advocacy while offering designers and architects the technical knowledge important for success in this evolving discipline. The authors apply the concept of environmental responsibility to the design of interiors, and employ the organization of the LEED Green Building Rating System(r) to sort the design process into five categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy issues, materials, and indoor environmental quality.

Chapters explore:

  • In-depth information about interior finishes and furnishings,
  • Best contemporary examples of sustainable commercial interior design projects, including photos and drawings of the design,
  • Outside-the-boundaries thinking about sites, water, and energy issues,
  • Materials, with a strong emphasis on life-cycle thinking,
  • Indoor environmental quality, including acoustics, thermal comfort, daylighting, and views,
  • Green design tools, including standards, certification programs, and specifications,

Based on the premise that designers, with their power to create, have responsibilities beyond others, Sustainable Commercial Interiors is a vital tool for both novice and veteran green-minded practitioners.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471749172
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/3/2006
  • Series: A Wiley Book on Sustainable Design Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,325,881
  • Product dimensions: 8.31 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Penny Bonda, FASID, LEED-AP, is an interior designer and past president of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). A founding Chair of both the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Commercial Interiors Committee and the ASID Sustainable Design Council, Bonda is the Eco-Editor of the Green Zone, an online resource of Interior Design magazine at

Katie Sosnowchik served as editorial director of Interiors & Sources magazine, is a founding editor of green@work magazine, and is also one of the creators and strategic planners of the annual EnvironDesign conferences. She is currently a freelance writer and communications consultant.

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Table of Contents





Sustainability Defined and Refined.

Defining “Green”.

What Is Green Design?

Overcoming the Obstacles to Sustainability.

The Integrated Profession.

The Design Charrette.

Taking the Mystery Out of Commissioning.


As the Earth Warms.

Living Lightly on the Land.

Wet Gold.

Want Not, Waste a Lot.

Healthy Buildings, Healthy People.


Matters of Site.

Reducing Water Use.

Optimizing Energy Use.


Equipment and Appliances.


Starting the Dialogue.

Natural versus Synthetic Materials.


Material Safety Data Sheet.

Life Cycle Assessment.

Life Cycle Studies: A Comparison.

Furnishings and Finishes: An Overview.

From Trash Comes Treasure.


The Air That We Breathe.

The Elusive Thermal Comfort.

Noise: The Other Pollutant.

Let There Be (Day)light.

The Importance of Views.


Green Building Organizations, Rating Systems, and Design Guides.

Product Standards and Certifications.


The Sustainable Library.


Building a Tangible Symbol.

Making the Case.

A Sustainable, Sustaining Workplace.


Greenpeace: Materials Matter (Envision Design,Washington, D.C.).

HOK: Working in Daylight Downtown (HOK, St. Louis,Missouri).

Haworth Showroom: Sustainable Thinking, Smart Design (Perkins + Will/Eva Maddox Branded Environments, Chicago, Illinois).

Toyota: Driving the Path to Sustainability (Gensler, Washington, D.C.).

Accenture: Flexible, Fluid, and Ecofriendly (Davis Gardner Gannon Pope Architecture, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania).

Continuum Center: Natural Healing (Guenther5, New York,New York).

REI Portland: Sustainable Design Hat Trick (Mithun, Portland, Oregon).

Herman Miller BG Building: Continuing the Commitment (The Environments Group, Chicago, Illinois).

Nusta Spa: Defining Green Tranquility (Envision Design,Washington,D.C.).

Sauer-Danfoss: An American Building with European Sensibilities (OWP/P, Lincolnshire, Illinois).

Boulder Associates: Well Worth the Wait (Boulder Associates, Boulder, Colorado).

Encore! The Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation (Gensler,Washington,D.C.).



LEED Terminology.


Print Resources.

Internet Resources.


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