Hållbar interiör (Sustainable interiors) offers the digital sustainability tool Hint that facilitates resource-conscious change processes in interiors. Hållbar interiör also develops an environmental certification that ensures that the long-term and sustainable values are met in an interior.

The project aims to set a new standard for how an interior is valued and how spatial design can be linked to circular business models and long-term sustainable values. Hållbar interiör is a research project supported by Vinnova in stages 1, 2 and 3 through the Challenge Driven Innovation programme.

There are demonstrable environmental gains to be made in terms of both carbon emissions and waste generation by recycling furniture and furnishing products. Yet there is no possibility to eco-label an interior with recycled furnishings.

LACK OF REQUIREMENTS RAISED DEMAND

Today, most things related to production and construction can be eco-certified. There are strict requirements for buildings and building materials, but when it comes to the contents of buildings – the interiors – there are hardly any requirements at all. The lack of requirements and access to relevant information on the environmental impact of interiors makes it difficult for a business to make sustainable choices. Even the interior designer and the contractor guiding a tenant in an interior design project have no specific guidelines to follow in order to make the right and conscious environmental choices that contribute to long-term sustainable values.

A PLETHORA OF ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATIONS – NONE FOR INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECTS

There are many environmental labels today, such as Möbelfakta for furniture and Miljöbyggnad, LEED and BREEAM for buildings. But despite the fact that the interior design industry has expanded dramatically and furniture consumption has increased significantly over the last ten years, there is no label that assesses entire interior design projects.

TIME FOR CHANGE

There is evidence that there are major environmental gains to be made in terms of both carbon emissions and waste generation by recycling furniture and furnishing products. Yet there is no way to eco-label an interior with recycled furnishings. In addition, companies often lack policies linked to interior changes in their own sustainability goals.

A certification for interior design projects can both fill a need and solve a problem. The solution we have identified consists of two different parts: a certification and a tool to support the certification process. A certification provides a tenant with a qualitative measure of the interior’s environmental impact. The tool shows in a clear and simple way an environmental assessment of a interior design proposal and helps visualize the consequences of different choices.