New Resource for Sustainable Commercial Interiors Now Available

(July 14, 2014) - In the second edition of Sustainable Commercial Interiors, authors Katie Sosnowchik, communications director at HDR, along with Penny Bonda and Summer Minchew of EcoImpact, have delivered a comprehensive guide for both new and veteran designers looking to understand the latest in green and sustainable design for commercial interiors. 

Fully revised from the book's original edition, and published by John Wiley & Sons, this resource includes design strategies and frameworks based on the new LEED v4 rating system. You'll find information on many essential topics in the industry, such as global environmental issues, water and energy usage, materials, furnishings, finishes, product standards, and certifications. 

"Penny and I wrote this book because we were both deeply moved by what we learned during the early days of the green design movement, and because we were inspired by the thousands of professionals who contributed to the body of knowledge that has advanced green design and building practices," Katie explained. "We chose content that would provide the philosophical and technical knowledge needed to improve not only the indoor environment, but the world beyond the walls as well.

"This second edition helps to document and share best practices that have evolved since the first edition was published seven years ago," Katie added. "We've also added information that demonstrates the connections between human health and buildings and the evolving transparency initiatives within the industry. "

The ideal professional companion for interior designers, commercial builders and developers, architects, and interior design students, the 418-page book also includes insightful essays by Gina Bocra, Marilyn Black, Bill Browning, Nancy Clanton, Jay Enck, Jean Hansen, Judy Heerwagen, Holley Henderson, Wanda Lau, Alice Liao, Nadav Malin, Bill Reed, Marcus Sheffer, Ross Spiegel, and Ken Wilson.

Fifteen case studies document award-winning green design and building strategies for all types of projects. The book is illustrated with full color images throughout. 

Sustainable Commercial Interiors is available in both print and e-book formats. More information is available on the Wiley website.

About the Authors

Katie Sosnowchik is a veteran journalist and former magazine editor focusing on design and sustainability. She is now communications director for HDR's global architecture practice, helping share the firm's knowledge of how design thinking can shape behaviors and outcomes, and how the design of buildings, spaces and products can add meaning and value to clients. Contact Katie at:

Penny Bonda is a LEED Fellow of the U.S. Green Building Council and the American Society of Interior Designers. She is the founding chair and a principal author of LEED for Commercial Interiors. Her organization, Ecoimpact Consulting, assists businesses Penny at:

Summer Minchew is a partner with Ecoimpact Consulting specializing in sustainable design principles and green building rating system project management and administration.