When it comes to creating sustainable office environments, many businesses struggle with the issue of not only reducing carbon footprint but also the process of making the office environment aesthetically appealing. Thanks to green interior designers and architects, businesses have more opportunities to design an office environment that is to their taste and increases efficiency. There are several key factors that go into designing a sustainable office environment.
Efficiency: The main goal of designing a sustainable office environment is creating an atmosphere that utilizes its resources in the most efficient way. In order to do this, businesses need to analyze its consumption of air conditioning, heating, refrigeration and plumbing systems. The use of office equipment needs to be examined as well. Electric lighting and heating and cooling systems are two of the highest culprits of energy used in commercial businesses. An eco-friendly lighting can be accomplished with the use of LED lighting and a substantial amount of access to natural light. It has been proven that there are mental health benefits to the exposure of sunlight and the outdoors, and if is reported that green offices boost cognition up 26%. To maximize the amount of sunlight coming through, an open office plane with large windows would work perfectly. To address the aesthetics of the large windows in the workplace, elegant drapes can be added to offer instant style and drama to the space. Also consider HVAC maintenance and a nanotechnology fluid solution like CryoGenX4, permanently restores lost cooling capacity and reduces carbon emissions, energy consumption, and costs.
Sustainable Materials: Utilizing repurposed furniture and the recycled or recyclable materials, is helping manufactures and furniture designers discover creative ways to develop green work environments. Utilizing these types of materials, saves money, protects the environment and prevents the unnecessary dumping in landfills. The most traditional types of office furniture contain wood, whether as a veneer layer of wood or as the primary structure. When creating a sustainable business environment, looking for furniture with a FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification validates that the wood has been sustainably harvested. This prevents the use of wood that was not gotten responsibly thus resulting in the damage of forests and ecosystems.
Use of Outdoors: The use of the outdoors is more than the use of natural lighting. The use of plants can bring life to an otherwise boring and lifeless office environment. Green walls are walls that are covered with plants that have their own hydroponics system. These walls, also known as “living walls” bring a new design to an office environment that transforms the room by adding natural color and texture. Air quality is also improved when using this type of design in the office.
By choosing to use these eco-friendly methods, sustainable office environments can be created using beautiful, dynamic designs that are not only aesthetically appealing but cost efficient and safe for the environment. And that will be good your employees and the company.