Color Can Help Improve Energy-Efficiency of Your Interior Spaces

Green and Sustainable Design

Green and sustainable design is the standard in new commercial building constructions and renovations. As for new home constructions and renovations, green and sustainable design is not yet a standard, although the demand has been picking-up momentum, and homeowners are realizing the value they provide.

In the process of creating more comfortable and healthier new commercial buildings, homes, and interiors, it has been recognized that color specifications can help lead to more energy-efficient spaces. When a building design has a good energy-efficient foundation in place, color is then capable of offering sustainable solutions that often cost very little or at no extra expense.

It is well known and documented that roof color can strongly influence interior temperatures. A study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory explains that roofs with reflective qualities, such as white, can drastically reduce the costs associated with interior cooling by up to 23 per cent.

Other findings confirm that color in interior spaces can help save even further energy in workplaces and homes, often in ways that may not be immediately obvious. In a study from the Environmental Protection Agency, it was reported that 25 per cent of electricity costs in the United States are due to interior lighting. Therefore, more lighting is required for rooms with dark walls than those with light walls. For ceilings, it’s better to keep them bright and light for good reflectance.

Besides saving energy on lighting with colored focused areas, climate control can be influenced through color choice. Our own psychological interpretation of colors plays a significant role in how we perceive temperature and atmosphere in a given space, color affects an individual’s perception of temperature.

In studies completed by Color Matters, tested subjects who entered a room with cooler colors noticed they felt between six and 10 degrees Fahrenheit colder than the room’s base temperature, while those who entered rooms with warmer color palettes, including reds and oranges, those estimates shot up to six to 10 degrees warmer than the room’s base temperature. That is not simply a psychological factor. Rooms with a cooler color palate will reflect heat, while those with a warmer color palate will absorb heat and reflect less.

If you are ready to revamp your home this year, then we’re here to help you! Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive range of Sustainable Design, Universal Design and Interior Consulting services in the Connecticut, Manhattan and Westchester Counties, NY and areas beyond. You can reach us at 203-984-4695 or sitemail@lynnhoffmandesign.com.

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Lynn Hoffman

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