The difference office space makes on the productivity and output levels of business organisations is remarkable and has resulted in management seeking new and innovative ways to make their offices more productive.
In addition to considerations like employee engagement, morale and productivity that affect their business organisations in many ways, management in many organisations is paying greater attention to the concept of business sustainability and the benefits it offers.
Business sustainability – More than a passing trend
Many trends come and go, but business sustainability is proving to be much more than that, and in fact, it needs to be.
Business sustainability can be defined as the coordination and management of environment and social demands that are in line with a business organisation’s financial demands and result in ethical, environmental and socially responsible business processes.
In an era of climate change and global warming, business organisations have a moral responsibility to act in an environmentally and socially responsible manner and there are many rewards for doing so.
These benefits include being seen in a more favourable light by consumers, a high percentage of whom are placing greater emphasis on buying products and/or services from business organisations that embrace sustainable practices.
Sustainable office design – Highlight your ‘green credentials’ with your office space
Adopting green practices in the workplace is an excellent way to reduce the impact of your business organisation’s activities on the environment and boast what are known as ‘green credentials’. These can increase the standing in which your business organisation is held by increasingly environmentally conscious consumers.
In addition to striving for a paperless office, using less energy and water and other easily adopted measures like effective waste management, it’s also possible, and highly advisable, to have your office outfitted in a sustainable manner.
Here are five aspects of designing and outfitting a sustainable office to take note of.
- Furnitecture and insulation
Most are unlikely to be familiar with the concept of furnitecture but it’s well-known in design circles.
Furnitecture can be defined as efficient furniture that maximises space and therefore lends itself well to small office spaces.
Of the many benefits that furnitecture has to offer, maximising space with the aim of adding an extra layer of insulation is one that stands out because it enables business organisations to make their offices more energy efficient.
- Solar panels
Not all business organisations are in a position in which they can install solar panels to generate some or all of their energy needs in the workplace, though those that are should consider the environmental and fiscal benefits of adding solar panels.
Many businesses have found window solar panels to be an excellent option, one that lends itself well to offices in office buildings.
- Light bulbs
You don’t need to redesign the office to install energy efficient light bulbs and this is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to improve energy efficiency in the workplace.
- Passive design
Passive design principles include airflow and natural lighting and can make a remarkable difference to the comfort levels in your office without incurring a single penny in energy expenditure.
Sustainable building materials
When having your office space designed and outfitted by office design firms like Saracenoffice, a well-known office design and outfitting firm, you’re advised to discuss sustainable building materials that could be used in the outfitting process, including the following.
- Recycled materials
There’s seemingly no end of recycled materials that can be used to build a sustainable office space, including recycled bricks, stones and metals.
- Rapidly renewable plant materials
These are excellent and not only for the environment but also for their aesthetically pleasing properties, especially bamboo which lends itself particularly well to floors and walls.
- Lower volatile organic compounds
These building materials aren’t carcinogenic or toxic and prominent examples include cellulose insulation and recycled denim.
In addition to their environmentally-friendly properties, sustainable building materials like those above don’t cost any more than less environmentally-friendly materials and they’re also usually much better for the health of employees.
A sustainable office space is well within the reach of your business organisation and has many benefits to offer your business, the environment and society as a whole.