Try more of our tips for making your studio a greener place:
Make the most of natural light. Add a north window, which will provide sufficient natural light all day for working. For nondaylight hours, use energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs (choose 5500k bulbs to simulate natural light) and recycle them properly after they burn out.
Cover walls with safer paint. Paint studio walls with low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints. Traditional latex gives off harmful gases that lower air quality.
Avoid vinyl floors. Replace vinyl floors—which release gases that contribute to indoor air pollution—with safer alternatives such as real linoleum (made from natural substances), reclaimed wood or ceramic tile.
Green your roof. If your roof is flat and can support the weight, consider turning it into a green roof. The vegetation and its root system help to insulate your building, reduce storm water runoff, filter pollutants and will last longer than traditional petroleum-based membrane roofs.
This tip is an excerpt from an article titled “Eco-Friendly Studios Get the Green Light,” by Tamera Lenz Muente. To read the full article on how artists, architects and developers join forces to save the Earth (and a little money), click here and order The Artist’s Magazine’s 2009 Annual CD.