Eco-friendly Interior Design Hits the Mainstream

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VCAD’s Interior Design Program Teaches Students to Use Environmentally Sensitive Techniques and Materials To Bring Their Creative Visions to Life

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The shift in public awareness and spending patterns toward more eco-friendly design has changed all that

Increased public awareness around sustainability has lead to a growing demand for environmentally friendly interior design. The Interior Design program at the Vancouver College of Art and Design (VCAD) trains students how to turn their creative ideas into reality while using techniques and products that are both cutting-edge and eco-friendly.

Twenty years ago, interior design students studied eco-friendly design practices, but there was little mainstream interest, says Stephanie St. Loe, Interior Design Instructor at VCAD.

“The shift in public awareness and spending patterns toward more eco-friendly design has changed all that,” she continues. “Now clients are actually asking for environmentally sensitive design, from floor plans to window placement and configuration, to building materials, smart lighting and heating systems. People are prepared to spend more for finishes that have a smaller carbon footprint and a longer useful life.”

The biggest role an interior designer can play is to provide expert advice on new environmentally friendly technologies and products, which may not be common knowledge. Energy efficient lighting design, programmable heating systems, operable windows, radiant in-floor heating and efficient floor plans that utilize natural light are all modern techniques used in home design.

“The green living shift has also caused a lot of innovation and new product development,” says St. Loe. “Now that there’s a market for greener products, manufacturers are bringing out new finishes and materials at a rate we’ve not seen in decades. It’s an exciting time to be a designer.”

The field of interior design is perfect for creative people who have good mechanical-spatial aptitude, critical thinking skills, good organizational skills and excellent attention to detail, she says. Through training and work experience, designers will also develop their eye for colour and proportion.

VCAD is now accepting applications for their Interior Design program. Students will learn a cross-section of design techniques and principles, while developing a professional portfolio to prepare them for a successful career. For more information, visit

About Vancouver College of Art and Design
Vancouver College of Art and Design (VCAD) is a centre for creativity, where instructors share the commitment, desire and passion for art and design. Diploma programs have quarterly start dates to maximize flexibility for our students. VCAD is also a passionate supporter of the arts within the community, offering bursaries and awards to local organizations each year. For more information visit,

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Warren Mailey
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604.915.7288 ext. 2130

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