20 november 2019
“Med HI hoppas vi kunna synliggöra för hyresgästen vilka effekter återbruk, möbel- och materialval har på miljön. Med tydliga och konkreta mål kan vi säkerställa att varje projekt klarar de ställda kraven samt blir så bra som möjligt ur miljösynpunkt. Genom att erbjuda slutkunden en miljömärkning skapar vi ett värde i att satsa på hållbara interiörer. Ett företag som uppnår högsta nivån kan använda detta som en del av sin egen miljöprofil och marknadsföring.”– Therese Löwstedt, Indicum, Project Manager HI
Indicum receives support from Vinnova for the eco-label Hållbar interiör
In October, it became clear that the HI project, Sustainable Interiors, will be supported by Vinnova, Sweden’s innovation authority. HI is an eco-labelling and certification scheme for interior design projects with the aim of becoming a tool for interior designers, and others who work with interiors, to ensure quality and sustainability in interior design projects. The label is developed by Indicum Interior Designers together with Trä- och Möbelföretagen, ArkDes, Konstfack and Tenant & Partner.
We have a long history of using eco-labels for products, furniture and buildings. Furniture Facts, Swan and Requirements, as well as Environmental Building, BREEAM and LEED are familiar to most people. For an entire interior design project, however, there is currently no eco-label.
When a tenant moves to new premises, a tenant adaptation takes place where the property owner can choose to eco-certify the premises. However, the tenant himself is never offered the same opportunity to have his part of the move, the furnishings, eco-certified. According to a report by IVL (No C 339), desks and desk chairs have the greatest environmental impact in an office refurbishment project, followed only by glass partitions. This means that the percentage of reuse of desks and desk chairs is the single most important environmental factor in reducing the amount of waste and carbon emissions in a change of premises. In other words, there is a need for a comprehensive eco-labelling scheme covering the whole interior design project, from start to finish, including elements such as reuse, finishes, materials, furniture selection and energy use. Why spend resources on making one part of the process sustainable only to completely set aside environmental requirements? These issues are now being addressed through the new certification that is being developed.
The Hållbar interiör label will be adapted to work throughout the entire working process of interior projects, from proposal to procurement. It will be a tool to influence the end client to demand more sustainable projects.