Are you prioritising sustainable solutions for your project?

Sustainability is rightfully a top priority for many businesses. It’s not surprising that it has also become a focus for office fit-out and refurbishment projects too. Design and construction can have a significant impact on the environment and the wellbeing of employees. But is it possible to reduce impact, be mindful of costs and retain functionality? By showcasing and prioritising sustainable solutions, we can. Here’s how to keep sustainability at the heart of your office fit-out project.

Set clear sustainability goals

Imagine your project is gaining momentum. Don’t be caught out lacking clear and specific sustainability goals before any work or ideas start. They will guide your decisions throughout the project and process. These goals should be measurable, achievable, relevant, and time bound like reducing energy consumption, increasing the use of renewable energy sources, reducing water usage, and minimising waste. With clear goals, sustainability will be a priority from the outset, and you can measure progress.

Work with professionals

Sustainable design and construction don’t happen by accident. Both need specialised experts, so work with a team of experienced professionals (like us!). Your team could include designers, consulting engineers, project managers, and sustainability consultants – the people with the right knowledge to deliver. Together, they’ll point you in the right direction for sustainable solutions and technologies that can be incorporated into the design and construction process. They’ll also make sure your project meets relevant sustainability standards and certifications.

Don’t forget your life cycle analysis

Have you thought about the environmental impact of the building materials and technologies you want for your project? Think bigger about their impact throughout their entire life cycle. Production, transportation, use, and disposal of these materials and technologies all have an effect. Life-cycle analysis can help you choose materials and technologies with a lower environmental impact, which will help reduce the carbon footprint of your project. Analysis can also help identify opportunities for recycling and reducing waste.

Prioritise energy efficiency

Reducing energy consumption is a critical part of sustainable design and construction. There are more ways than one. For example, natural lighting and ventilation can reduce the need for artificial lighting and air conditioning. You can also install energy-efficient lighting, heating, and cooling systems. Energy-efficient appliances, such as computers and printers, can also help reduce energy consumption.

Hear from the occupants

The new office space needs to meet their needs and should promote their wellbeing. Engage with the people it’s for throughout the design and construction process and let their insights guide you. Surveys or focus groups are a great way to understand their needs and preferences.

Consider certifications and standards

There are many sustainability certifications and standards available for office fit-out projects. These include BREEAM, WELL, LEED and Fitwel. See these certifications and standards as guidelines and benchmarks for sustainable design and construction; they’ll see you’re your project meets recognised sustainability criteria. You can find out more about them in our blog ‘What you need to know about LEED and WELL certification‘.

If you care about environmental, social, and economic sustainability, then make sure your office fit-out works as hard as it needs to. Our experienced team can help you create a sustainable and functional workspace that also promotes wellbeing and productivity while reducing your environmental impact. To discuss your project, contact us or fill out the form below.

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