Sustainability Podcast Part 2: Demystifying Design Tools & Third-Party Certifications

January 24, 2023  | Robert Nieminen | Interiors + Sources Magazine | Image Courtesy of Getty Images

In this episode, we sit down with a few industry experts to break down the myriad of ecolabels, third-party certification programs and green building rating systems on the market.

There is a myriad of ecolabels, third-party certification programs and green building rating systems on the market—enough to make an architect’s or designer’s head spin. In this episode, we sit down with a few industry experts to discuss the tools and programs that are available to design professionals to help them reduce their environmental footprints in the battle against climate change. Guests Candon Murphy, Steven South and Pablo La Roche share insights, tools and best practices to help demystify the process of designing and specifying projects and products for the new climate reality we’re facing. Grab a notepad and get ready to take some notes as these well-versed design professionals share their insights and practical tips for bringing the big sustainability picture into much sharper focus.

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Meet Our Guests

Candon Murphy, LEED GA, sustainable building advisor, Perkins&Will’s Dallas Studio

A determined and enthusiastic design professional with a background in industrial design and interior architecture, Candon Murphy delivers innovative solutions across a variety of markets including healthcare and corporate interiors. She is currently a LEED Green Associate professional pursuing additional certifications as a part of her full-time role as a sustainable building advisor and materials specialist for the Dallas office of Perkins&Will.

Candon expands her sustainable influence beyond the firm, offering her expertise to her community and organizations that seek to improve sustainable design. Candon brings a well-rounded set of knowledge to her projects, with an explorative and research-based process that is engaging, thoughtful, and communicative.

Pablo La Roche, principal and sustainable design director, CallisonRTKL

Steven South, LEED AP, NCIDQ, IIDA, Fitwel Ambassador, design director and senior associate, Spector Group

As design director at Spectorgroup, Steven champions the firm’s mission to create meaningful spaces reflective of design excellence, sustainability, and innovation. With more than 20 years of architectural experience, Steven has successfully executed projects across fourteen countries and six continents, working on interior design for clients like Colliers International, Stagwell, Applied Underwriters, and MKG. He is creative, forward-thinking, and has an innate ability to problem solve, which has earned him awards from the AIA and IIDA, among other prominent organizations. At Spectorgroup, Steven uses thoughtful planning to develop workplace strategies for clients that foster inclusivity while prioritizing sustainability, wellness, and timeless design. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

About the Author: Robert Nieminen is the Chief Content Director of Architectural Products, BUILDINGS and i+s, sister publications of Smart Buildings Technology. He is an award-winning writer with more than 20 years of experience reporting on the architecture and design industry.
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Written by Anne Holden