Interior designers must understand and apply government regulations that affect the way they design. These regulations include zoning ordinances, building codes, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some jurisdictions have incorporated environmental requirements into their local regulations. For instance, some publically funded buildings may be required to meet LEED standards.
Approximately 600 locally harvested straw bales are used as a highly effective insulation infill between the post and beam structure of the Mariposa Veterinary clinic in Lenexa, Kansas.
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Mariposa Veterinary Clinic in Lenexa, Kansas, Designed by Rothers Design Build. Photograph courtesy of Rothers Design Build.
The Slocum Center, the first LEED Gold orthopedic center in the United States, was designed by the Neenan Company in Fort Collins, Colorado. Design strategies that helped achieve LEED certification included:
Building exterior designed to reduce heat gain, taking into consideration the building orientation, sunshades, low-emissivity glazing, and strategies for natural lighting.
Material selection played a large role in achieving the LEED certification. There was an overall goal of reducing plastic products made of PVC. Linoleum and carpet tile were used as well as eco-polymeric sheet flooring. Other materials used in construction and as finishes include: