Dayle Laing

The ‘coolest shade of green’ is the sustainable choice. Dayle Laing is a Professional Speaker and Author who uses her experience and training as an educator, a designer and a LEED Accredited Professional to empower Conscious Consumers to make practical yet beautiful choices for sustainable living, reducing their carbon footprint while enhancing their body, mind & spirit.

sustainable interior design trends 300Recent research indicates the premium for green construction is dropping and barriers to sustainable design are being reduced. Increasingly consumers are choosing sustainability when green options are clearly explained. From a design perspective, sustainable choices become less popular if a consumer has to replace an item due to dissatisfaction or poor performance.

dayle speaking green building conference 300Dayle Laing spoke at the National Green Building Conference at Construct Canada in Toronto on November 28, 2012 to a large group of Interior Designers, Architects, Builders, Building Owners and LEED® Accredited Professionals. She discussed the sustainable trends that have a real impact in terms of longer term customer satisfaction and increased property value. As conscious consumers, people want to do the “right thing” for the environment and it certainly helps when that also saves them money during the life cycle of the product.

 

dayle speaking construct canada 300The Lung Association claims that “On average, Canadians spend 90% of their time indoors. For this reason, our indoor air quality is an important health concern.” Dayle discussed the ‘chemicals of concern’ that impact our indoor environment with the off-gassing of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), formaldehyde, and phthalates. Third-party certification of air quality by organizations such as Greenguard Environmental Institute (GEI), Carpet and Rug Institute’s (CRI) Green Label™ and Green Label Plus™, SCS® (Scientific Certification Systems), and the Resilient Floor Covering Institute’s FloorScore certification give assurances that standardized testing has been done on behalf of the consumer.

One of the trends that Dayle cited is to select water-based prefinished hardwood that has 7-10 coats of UV-cured aluminum oxide. Site-finished hardwood has usually only 3 coats at best, meaning that early refinishing is more likely for the consumer. The selection of a medium value colour instead of extremely dark or extremely light allows for the swings in fashion, while choices at either end, may be quickly dated and in need of premature refinishing. It is also important to select engineered wood that has no formaldehyde in the adhesives that laminate the boards.

fsc stamped wood 300For hardwood to be sustainable, it should have a chain of custody from the forest floor right through to the finished product. FSC© (Forestry Stewardship Council) is the organization recognized by Canada Green Building Council for LEED® certification. Drawing on the expertise of Ian Jackson, owner of Nadurra Wood Corporation, Dayle mentioned that consumers need to request that each hardwood board requires individual FSC© labelling. It is not sufficient that a forestry company is an FSC© member, as they may carry other non-certified products in their inventory.

friendly wall finium 200Another trend Dayle presented was textured wall panels. This is a wonderful opportunity to use hardwood scraps in a creative, aesthetic manner with `Friendly Wall`panels from Finium , a Quebec based company.

When trends in interior design are automatically integrated with sustainability considerations, we all win. For more information on this topic, please contact the office to discuss your requirements at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 905-846-3221.

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Dayle - thank you for your ongoing & valuable updates. Our industry is fortunate to have professionals such as yourself committed to sustainable design. Please keep me posted on your ongoing speaking engagements & I'll endeavour to build into my...

Dayle - thank you for your ongoing & valuable updates. Our industry is fortunate to have professionals such as yourself committed to sustainable design. Please keep me posted on your ongoing speaking engagements & I'll endeavour to build into my travel schedule. Always enjoy your energy!

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Irene, thank you for the kind words. The research and updates are well worth the effort when Interior Designers like you, want to incorporate sustainability into their work with conscious consumers.<br />Kind regards,<br />Dayle

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