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Interior Visions Designs, Inc. is a leader in eco-friendly interior design. Aside from actively seeking and sourcing products and services that are more in-line with eco-friendly practices for many of our projects, Hilary Sopata, principal of Interior Visions Designs, recently received her Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accreditation and is now one of only 115 accredited interior design professionals in the state of Illinois.* LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED Rating System.

A LEED-accredited interior designer can consult on everything from carpet choices to volatile organic compounds found in most common paints to flooring options. Interior Visions Designs can offer examples and solutions for the conscious facility manager or homeowner that goes beyond which paint brand to choose or whether bamboo flooring really is or isn't the better flooring choice to go green.

So whether you want your space to incorporate a few or many green design elements into your space or you want your space to become LEED certified, Interior Visions Designs can help you every step of the way.

We’re all able to reduce our environmental footprint through the decisions we make every day, and designing your commercial or home project with eco-friendly design elements is a great way to not only benefit the earth, but our own health and well-being, too.

LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI):

Building Contractors and Facility Managers are increasingly looking for ways to make sustainable choices when either building new construction or rehabbing existing interiors. Working with a qualified interior design firm like Interior Visions Designs will result in high-performance green interiors that are healthy, productive places to work; are less costly to operate and maintain; and have a reduced environmental footprint.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction. The Green Building Council members, representing every sector of the building industry, developed and continue to refine LEED.

The rating system addresses these six major areas:

  • Sustainable sites
  • Water efficiency
  • Energy and atmosphere
  • Materials and resources
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • Innovation and design process
To achieve LEED Certification, points are awarded based on meeting certain requirements throughout the building or design process (for example, site selection can receive up to 14 points, use of local materials can yield 2 points). For a most up-to-date certification list, please visit the U.S. Green Building Council Web site or contact Interior Visions Designs, Inc.

If you’re ready to take the next step toward making your commercial project more eco-friendly, contact us today to learn how we can work together to achieve the certification level you’re seeking. To see some of our recent commercial design projects, visit our commercial design page.

LEED for Homes (LEED-H):

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) developed the LEED for Homes rating system as a tool to assess the overall performance of new green homes. The U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green homes and buildings. LEED gives home and building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their homes' or buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

The LEED for Homes program defines a green home as:

  • Healthy
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Energy efficient, and
  • Environmentally responsible

LEED for Homes offers numerous benefits to homeowners, including lower energy and water bills, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, increased comfort, less exposure to indoor pollutants such as mold, mildew and other indoor toxins, and lower maintenance costs. Owners of LEED homes can feel good every day knowing that they are doing something substantial to lessen their contribution to environmental degradation.

LEED for Homes is a rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. A green home uses less energy, water and natural resources; creates less waste; and is healthier and more comfortable for the occupants.

If you’re ready to take the next step toward making your home more eco-friendly, contact us today to learn how we can help make your dream a reality. To see some of our recent residential design projects, visit our residential design page.

LEED Certification data has been compiled from various LEED resources such as the U.S. Green Building Council. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the U.S. Green Building Council Web Site.

*As of September 1, 2008

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