Sustainable Maritime Interiors - 2022 Report

116 Good design is a crucial part of building for the long term. Timeless designs that deploy universal aesthetics and durable, resilient materials and take a holistic approach to the entire design, manufacture and passenger experience, result in interiors that look good for longer than highfashion trends and require lower levels of future maintenance. In this context, choice of raw materials is of key importance. Materials’ durability and smartness can be as important as eco-credentials in achieving an interior that delivers longevity and versatility. Similarly, an interior that last 10 years may be less sustainable in the long run than one that is replaced in three years if the materials used in the former are less environmentally friendly. Knowing the requirements of the ship owner and brand can enable a clearer understanding of how the interior will be used, both now and in the future. Creating a space which enhances guests’ physical and mental wellbeing and stands the test of time is an effective sustainable design principle. However, it can be a challenge to secure the longevity of cruise and ferry ship interiors, ensuring that they continue to resonate with the brand identity and appeal to guests. By specifying sparing use of materials, designers can achieve a form of sustainable minimalism, creating spaces where the quality of materials is more important than their quantity. This means fewer materials, fewer renovations and reduced waste as a result. Functional, natural, safe and environmentally conscious design, elements and products enable a framework on which to build future-proof interiors. Green material choices The choice of raw materials and products has significant impacts during construction and refits. A conscious, responsible approach to sourcing materials takes into account where they come from, where and how they are produced, what their likely lifespan will be (including the possibility of recycling and repurposing) and whether they are certified as sustainable. Overall sustainability is boosted by selecting materials, furniture and fittings whose production processes cause the lowest possible CO2 and other emissions. This includes the energy to acquire the material as well as for transport and other impacts that take place long before an interior is built. Use of recycled and upcycled materials allows for designing with the intent of repurposing and reusing, taking into account the full life cycle of the materials and ensuring that those selected are easy and economical to recycle. It also makes it easier to repurpose items already onboard to give them a fresh look and feel without starting from scratch. ADDRESS ING INDUSTRY I SSUES – “Investing in sustainable materials should be a priority. With this, more testing can take place in operational environments while reducing costs and turning these into mainstream options”