Attitudes and beliefs of design professionals regarding environmentally conscious design
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Design professionals can and should help minimize the negative effects of the built environment on global and interior environments. The principal purpose of this research was to investigate interior design professionals' opinions, beliefs, and positive actions regarding environmentally conscious design. Another intent was to identify obstacles to its acceptance. The research adopted a mail survey approach. A stratified random sample of 150 professional members of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) from Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana was used. Respondents completed a questionnaire that addressed environmentally conscious design. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and ANOVA tests. Although design professionals strongly supported environmentally conscious design, few applied the concepts. Perceived constraints to the implementation of these concepts were high cost, lack of availability of products, and lack of acceptance by clients. When comparing level of acceptance of sustainable design, data revealed no significant differences associated with age-group, gender, and state in which the designers practice. Designers differed principally on specification of recycled and green products. Commercial designers, older designers (over 65 years of age), and female designers more actively specified green products than other designers. This study may encourage producers to market green products in ways to overcome perceived constraints. Likewise, designers may choose to narrow the gap between theoretical support and practical application by focusing on long term benefits of environmentally conscious design.