Sustainable office design

15/03/2021

Sustainable office design

Sustainable design is a decor trend that is becoming more and more important every day.  The current situation and companies’ environmental awareness have caused its irruption in the office sector. Not just to emphasize corporate values and their contribution to enterprises but also to improve employee’s experiences since it offers secure and healthy spaces to work.

Gary Miciunas de Cuningham Group explains that office design will change its perspective. Landlords and business leaders will go from focusing on physical assets to human ones. User’s wellness will be the centre and a starting point of office interior design, therefore, creating healthy and respectful spaces will become very relevant.

How to apply sustainable office design?

Firstly, it is important to search for a balance between close and open spaces. On the one side, a designer should create large, adaptable, and open areas that imply a setting in which users can move easily. At the same time, private spaces will help them concentrate and go ahead with other activities such as video calls. The combination of these two types of areas will allow them to perform different activities and tasks, enabling their day-to-day execution.

To buy and decorate with furniture, it is important to use elements that have been elaborated with sustainable authenticated materials. The good news is that most of materials are designed keeping in mind their dismantling and reutilization which means that a same element can be used several times. This concept is known as circular design and it is applied in many products for offices such as desks, chairs, meeting tables…etc.  On the other hand, we must not forget about the importance of sustainable transport and fabrication through labels that certify an appropriate logistic.  

An example of offices in which sustainability is very present is the Adidas headquarters in London. During the design process and construction, they used raw and clean materials, its chairs are made with 100% recycled ocean plastic waste and they have elaborated a teapot with 5,000 yogurt pots.

Finally, we cannot ignore lighting, the main element when creating office spaces. The use of big windows and open spaces to allow natural light saves energy and protects the environment. Thanks to current technology, designers can include movement sensors that regulate and turn off areas when employees are not using them. Lastly, the use of energy-efficient lights and lamps such as LED ones will become an ally when focusing on energy saving and efficiency.

How can users collaborate?

Employees that occupy office spaces have a very important role in sustainable design. The way in which users use offices and behave is more important than the construction itself. For instance, reusable coffee mugs, avoiding paper in meetings or using recyclable containers are some of the main actions that can be easily done.

There is no doubt, sustainable design for offices is a trend that will increase during the next years. It implies benefits for those that use them and protects the environment. Colonial’s blog will continue offering the trend’s advances and progresses.

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