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Introduction to Sustainable Interior Design

Live & Interactive Workshop

Learn how to incorporate a sustainable approach in interior design projects.

A workshop by Ar. Amrutha Kishor

LEED Green Associate | GRIHA Certified Professional
Founder of Elemental

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With the rise of extreme weather conditions around the world, the need for sustainability is becoming more and more evident by the day. The United Nations has put together the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 as a global call to action to improve the conditions for people around the world by the year 2030. Today, sustainability  has become an important requirement for clients and patrons, and will continue to be so in the forseeable future. 


Framework of how to approach such design projects.

Analysing and Selecting appropriate materials.

Working to improve human comfort in the space and making it healthier

Learning how to efficiently manage water and energy in a practical manner.

Implementing simple waste management system.

Understanding GRIHA rating and how to get it.


Session 1 | Introduction | 18th January (Monday) 8PM - 9 PM 

  • What is sustainability? What can we as interior design specialists do to help with the UN Sustainable Development Goals?
  • The key to sustainable design- Climate response.
  • How to respond to the climate of the space through interior design.
  • Introduction to the subsequent sessions.
Outcome:  You'll have the framework to approach interior projects from the perspective of sustainability.

Session 2 | Materials | 19th January (Tuesday) 8PM - 9 PM 

  • What makes a material sustainable?
  • An analysis of commonly used materials in interior design with respect to climate response, renewability, sourcing, quality and longevity.
Outcome: You'll understand how materials can be selected and applied in a sustainable manner for interior projects.

Session 3 | Lighting | 20th January (Wednesday) 8PM - 9 PM 

  • How lighting plays a key role in sustainability through the efficient use of energy.
  • How your decisions as an interior design specialist create an effect on natural lighting levels of the space.
  • An analysis of light in spaces and energy efficiency with respect to:
  1. Colours and reflectivity
  2. Views, screens and barriers
  3. Lighting levels indoors- curtains and blinds
  4. Lighting fixtures
Outcome: You'll be able to make conscious decisions regarding natural and artificial lights in Interior projects. 

Session 4 | Ventilation & Thermal Control | 21st January (Thursday) 8PM - 9 PM 

  • What does thermal comfort mean? How does ventilation affect it?
  • How your decisions as an interior design specialist create an effect on how thermally comfortable the designed space is to an end-user
  • How to ensure that your design decisions are energy efficient with respect to stuffiness and air-conditioning.
  • An analysis of energy-efficient ventilation in spaces with respect to false ceilings and screens and barriers.
  • Introduction to indoor air quality. How the indoor plants you select in your design proposal affects this.
Outcome: You'll be able to make conscious decisions regarding human comfort in Interior projects.

Session 5 | Energy & Resource Management | 22nd January (Friday) 8PM - 9 PM

  • Efficient interior design solutions for water management in terms of plumbing systems and fixtures
  • Efficient interior design solutions for waste management in terms of segregation, recycling and reusing
  • How to selecting energy-efficient appliances. An introduction to the BEE rating system
  • Introduction to the energy rating system for interior design by IGBC.
Outcome: You'll be better equipped to conserve and manage energy and resources in Interior projects


Students and professionals from architecture & interior design background and design enthusiasts can take this workshop. 


Anyone with a basic understanding of architecture & interior designing can take this workshop.


How will the online workshop be held?

The Workshop will be held live via Zoom App on our website, which has a native integration with Zoom. The doubt forum, quiz tabs & your live class (and their recordings) will be available on a single window, the course home.

What if I miss a session?

WATCH-REWIND-REWATCH. We understand that sometimes you may not be able to make to a session on time or at all! Once the session is over, you'll also get its recording, with lifetime access*. 

How can I access the classes?

Once you have registered for the workshop, you'll find the workshop in the MY COURSES tab of your learner account (TOP MENU>>MY COURSES). All the live classes, discussions & quizzes will happen on the course home. Here is the image of the course home.


Ar. Amrutha Kishor

B.Arch NIT Calicut | M.Arch University of Nottingham, UK | LEED Green Associate |  GRIHA Certified Professional

Founder of Elemental.

Amrutha Kishor is a RIBA nominated architect who specialises in climate responsive design. She believes critical regionalism is an essential tool in designing the way forward.
After completing her undergraduate degree from the National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India in 2016, she went on to pursue a Masters in Architecture Design from the University of Nottingham, UK. After working in Dubai, India and England, she founded Elemental in 2020.
Amrutha's study on how good architecture aids energy efficiency in buildings has been recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2019. She is a LEED Green Associate, GRIHA certified professional and also holds a Diploma in Vastu Shastra from Bangalore Samskrit University.

At Elemental, we create spaces that feel good. We focus on creating climate-responsive designs and promoting critical regionalism, a philosophy that preserves local architectural identity while rejecting its non-functional features and meeting global standards. The word ‘elemental’ means ‘to embody the powers of nature’ and this is precisely what we do. We make most of nature’s bounty by leveraging the natural solar, wind and water resources present in each individual site and its surroundings. See more about our works on: