Sustainable Maritime Interiors - 2022 Report

120 Close collaboration between owners, designers, shipyards and contractors has the potential to significantly increase the sustainability of interior design projects, especially where the owners truly believe in sustainable values, the designers welcome the opportunity to implement sustainable interior features in the concept, and the yards and contractors are ready to ensure that everything is made and built with sustainable production processes. Broad experience in environmentally responsible materials and finishes is in demand as passenger shipping companies seek greener designs. From research and analysis to evaluation, specification, delivery and installation of the finished interior, this allows for lateral thinking and facilitates a ‘no blame’ approach to asking what could be done better or how products can be sourced more sustainably in future. It can also enable cooperation on lists of the products and materials that are best in class for sustainability. Successful delivery of a sustainable interior involves the cooperation of all teams and suppliers, both at headquarters and on site. It is particularly important for the architects, designers and engineers to work together on embedding sustainable principles in refits and refurbishments, to prevent situations where a quick and cheap solution (for example, gluing) is chosen over the more sustainable option of making things modular and fixing with screws so that they can easily be taken apart. If the yard and contractors can work effectively with the owner’s architects, it is possible to achieve the necessary step changes in how interiors are built, even if these changes may increase the cost initially. Ideally, ship builders, design teams and architects will work in tandem to ensure that sustainability aims are achieved, for example through fundamental design features that may lower potential impacts of the stages of a new ship design. An assigned person from each of these teams needs to be given the responsibility to deliver on the sustainability objectives of a ship owner. Ship owners and operators Owners and operators need to be able to make it clear to designers, shipyards and contractors that they want a sustainable ship. However, given how diverse the definitions and priorities regarding sustainability are, it can be a challenge to convey clearly what is expected – and for the stakeholders involved to fulfil what is expected of them in this regard. If the owners are able to clearly identify the social and economic benefits that they expect to get out of pursuing a strategy of sustainability, it becomes easier to develop strategies together with the designer, with clearly specified criteria for sustainable interior design solutions. ADDRESS ING INDUSTRY I SSUES Sustainability stakeholder responsibilities – “It must become second nature to think about the environmental impact of what we are doing at any stage in the process”