Feb 21, 2024  
2023-24 Catalog 
2023-24 Catalog
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INDES 301 - Sustainable Interior Design: Policies, Programs and Practices

5 CR

This course focuses on the role of the interior designer as a problem solver and change agent. Students examine sustainability theory, policies, programs, and practices for a more just and sustainable interior design. Looking at the entire life cycle of a project in regard to functionality, quality, and the user experience, students learn how to affect long term change to the triple bottom line: environmental, social, and economic sustainability.

Prerequisite(s): INDES 201  with a C(2.0) or better.

Course Outcomes
  • Identify the essential social, cultural, business, and political influences leading to climate change and how they relate to interior design practices,
  • Identify and compare the strategic concepts of sustainable interior design, and how they relate to diminishing resources, biodiversity, waste, water scarcity, population growth, wellness, and the current construction industry,
  • Identify the role of interior designers regarding sustainable design and explain how the construction industry and interior design can positively contribute to a just and sustainable environment,
  • Identify, compare and evaluate theory and practice methodologies for sustainable interior design projects, including resource management, product manufacture and sourcing, and construction methods,
  • Identify, compare and explain the leading sustainability organizations, programs, and certification systems and test appropriate selections, specifications, and systems for multiple types of interior design projects.

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