The interior-design firm Clear Yacht International is putting a decided focus on sustainable- and wellness-driven yacht design and construction. It’s via a new approach it calls the Clear Blue Method.
The Clear Blue Method is based largely on the well-known LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) protocol in land-based architecture. LEED takes into consideration building design and construction, interior design and construction, and building operations and maintenance, among other things. The Clear Blue Method was created by Ron Beilman (below, center), who joined Clear Yacht International last year. (The others pictured are Joyce Clear, left, and Victoria Cerrone, right.) It stemmed from his project-management and sustainability-consultancy work over the prior three years. In those roles, which included work with Clear Yacht International, Beilman applied LEED standards where clients were interested in environmentally smarter solutions.
Complementing the Clear Blue Method, Clear Yacht International will certify that superyachts comply with the WELL Building Standard. Another land-based architecture protocol, the WELL Building Standard is said to be the world’s first building scheme focused solely on human health and wellness. It evaluates design and construction methods against medical and scientific research. Performance requirements are set for things like air, water, the mind, and fitness, all related to occupants’ health. The WELL Building Standard is certified by the same organization administering the LEED certification program and the LEED professional credentialing program.
The services offered under the Clear Blue Method and the WELL Building Standard are varied. For example, Clear Yacht International will perform an environmental footprint audit for the interior-design process and materials selected. It will further perform sustainability inspections. Clear Yacht International will also provide details on interior care and maintenance in light of indoor environmental quality. Clear Yacht International’s non-profit Ports of Cause arm will also additionally certify a yacht’s compliance. Ports of Cause, established four years ago as a way to promote yachting globally, now focuses on yachting as a way to inspire and promote advancements in sustainable luxury. The yachts can then become part of Ports of Cause’s Fleet Blue club. Fleet Blue brings together yacht owners (and, of course, their yachts) who support sustainability, particularly in terms of ocean impact.
“The yachting industry has always proven itself innovative,” says Joyce Clear, principal of Clear Yacht International. “With the Clear Blue Method, we are providing the tools necessary to innovate with purpose, and on multiple levels.” She adds that the methods employed help “control operational costs and aid crew efficiencies” while simultaneously upholding superyacht standards of luxury. “We are the value-add for owners, shipyards, designers, and architects alike, particularly as we enter into an unchartered era of environmental regulations, and appeal to the new, younger generation of yacht owners.”