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The AIANY Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) is focusing its efforts on the future of materials sourced in residential interior furnishings. The embodied carbon of materials is the new metric for which products are sourced today in the design industry, with the textile industry representing of the largest contributors to CO2 emissions in the US. From transportation to production and, ultimately, waste, the design industry has been destroying the planet. As interior designers and architects become aware of these issues, they have begun to responsibly source products for their commissions. One promising alternative are producers of natural fibers in the local NYC-Hudson Valley region. Natural fibers, such as flax, cotton, wool and linen, have a smaller carbon footprint. They are also degradable, can be used to improve soil, and contribute to the circular economy.

Both architects and interior designers have the ability to contribute the creation of healthier communities, and a healthier planet, by sourcing sustainably. What are the metrics, if any, that designers use when sourcing products for residential commissions? How does one measure the carbon footprint of a fabric? What is the potential for carbon storage in natural fibers? How does technology and regulation play a role in mitigating climate change and the reduction of emissions? Hear vendors, designers, and regional experts in the sustainable design community discuss these questions and others related to the advancement of green residential design.

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