Interior Design Takes the LEED

IDES faculty hold prestigious LEED Professional Accreditation

Kathy Huus, Director, DCTC Interior Design Program

Sustainability has become a watchword in the interior design industry—and LEED Professional Accreditation is far and away the best indicator of superior professionalism linked to an in-depth understanding of green building practices.

Standing for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED is recognized around the world as the go-to green building certification system. Structures and communities that meet the criteria of the LEED Rating Systems are advancing performance in such critical green areas as energy savings, water conservation, carbon dioxide emissions reduction and efficient management of natural resources.

“Interior designers work as part of team made up of architects, engineers and project managers,” reports Kathy Huus, the director of the DCTC Interior Design program. “Because sustainability is now a priority for major corporations, government agencies and construction companies, all the top international interior design and architectural firms are seeking out designers with LEED Professional Accreditation. Becoming a LEED AP is vital for the professional development of both commercial and residential interior designers working in the field today.”

Huus, who is also an instructor in her program, is a LEED Accredited Professional as are IDES instructors Anne Farniok (below right) and Coco Early (below center). For more information on LEED, please visit the U.S. Green Building Council.