More than 80 percent of architects and designers say they are concerned with how products are manufactured with regard to sustainability, according to new research released by IMRE.
The research showed that the number of sustainable projects performed by architects and interior designers is projected to rise in the next year, and that sustainable products are often associated with higher cost.
These are some of the results released from the survey in which 812 architects and designers responded to an online survey fielded between September 19 and 23, 2011. The survey was spearheaded by
IMRE, a full-service marketing agency specializing in the Home & Building industry, in conjunction with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).
While most architects and interior designers pay careful attention to manufacturers' sustainability claims, both are similarly skeptical when asked if they are confident that products referred to as "sustainable" actually are.
Despite trepidation about the validity of manufacturers' sustainability claims, the sustainability project pipeline for architects and designers is projected to grow. Seventy percent of architects and 49 percent of interior designers surveyed used sustainable products in their projects
very often or always in the past year, and more than half of respondents from each group expect their number of designated
sustainable projects will increase in the coming year.
The primary reason architects and interior designers use sustainable products is because they want to, not because they need to.
Not surprisingly, cost was a factor in respondents¹ perceptions about the use of sustainable products, and is perhaps the reason why less than half of interior design clients and one-fifth of architect clients rarely or never request them.
Additionally, research showed that only one-quarter of both architects and interior designers believe their clients understand what the term "sustainability" means.