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Sustainable Design for Office Environment

 

Sustainable Design for Office Environment

Introduction

Environmental sustainability is a major global concern of this century. Governments, consumers, companies, etc. are more aware of energy and climate changes, air and water pollution, human health and safety, and resource depletion. Commercial buildings are in the process of focusing on environmental sustainability and are adopting standards to improve environmental performance of their operations. Workplace design is now targeted towards managing and enhancing employee productivity and satisfaction while reducing its demands on the environment.(+Expand)

Today’s innovative design and construction techniques help companies implement new ways of working. “Workplace of the future” is perceived as a super high-tech utopian business model, while others may dismiss the thought as being an expensive and time-consuming process. Yet, these workplaces of the future are today being designed at minimal costs and involves a lot of upcycling of materials.
Successful businesses understand the importance of building a sustainable environments and engaging workers in the process. With the inherent benefits of a sustainable workspace, it is easy to make a compelling change in the way businesses perceive the environment.

Designing for Sustainability

 Sustainable, or “green” design solutions are not new to the design industry. Apart from cutting costs and benefitting the environment, sustainable workspace design solutions can increase the productivity and performance of your employees and save you space as well.
Sustainable design solutions keep in mind the quality, durability and recyclability of their products and designs.
The United Nations Populations Division reported a 2.6 billion increase in world population by 2050. The state of our natural resources will depend largely on how businesses treat them today. We should all be aware of the quality of the indoor environment as most of us spend atleast 90% of our lives indoor. Indoor air pollution, or poor indoor environmental quality (IEQ), is considered to be a potential threat to human health. The amount of fresh air in an indoor environment is directly proportional to employee health, productivity and performance.
It is generally believed that in a commercial workspace environment, the physical design and the IEQ are factors that influence the workers’ satisfaction, health and well-being.
Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present as well as of the future. The more we talk about the problems, the more we have the ability to overcome the problems and provide design solutions. The main skills and knowledge deficiencies in improving the IEQ through material/design selection include:

  1.        Identify the key issues of the workspace
  2.        Identify successful design models
  3.        Distinguish between environment-friendly products to others
  4.        Identify alternate fixing and construction techniques
  5.        Evaluate the changes

The journey to sustainability is not a singular pathway and no one industry can bring about radical changes in the way we use our resources. All industries and businesses need to be involved in a collaborative effort to create and implement sustainable workspace design solutions for the environment.

Workspace Innovations and Sustainability

Businesses must create a physical environment of flexibility and agility in the company which positively influences the company’s innovative and spirited culture.
Flexible and efficient workspace programs are an integral part of many businesses and have been a constant success in reducing the carbon footprint. Flexible workspace designs and innovative solutions achieve this by helping to reduce energy and water consumption, reducing employee travel to and from work, and making more efficient use of office resources.
Planning for a new building includes several key decisions that ultimately put important resources in place to make the work environment more collaborative. The more you understand your business, the better you can develop a design program.
Most start-ups prefer an open environment to a traditional office space. Although it is not an easy process to shift from a traditional office set up to an open environment, it always almost yields positive results.
Smart technology investments optimise flexibility in the future. Migrate your employees to laptops from desktops which can be outfitted with wireless service, enabling employee mobility. The concept of shared workstations is an alternative to cubicles. This improves employee engagement and presents them with a go-to environment.
Being transparent is the best way to go ahead with workspace innovation for sustainability. Consult your employees and the management before you take it on yourself to transform your workspace. Make sure that you

  1.        Clearly identify the problems and issues faced by the employees and the business
  2.        Make the program credible to the employees
  3.        Secure support from the management
  4.        Ensure the transition is performed transparently and fairly

The goal of workspace design innovation is not to change the way people work, but to closely match the number of employees with the way they were already using the space, fitting the anticipated population and create an environment-friendly and open work environment.

 

Essential Resources for Sustainability

 
Sustainability movements have proved to be enormously successful in the last two to three years. Full-time job positions have opened up in large companies, to accommodate resources that ensure sustainability efforts bear fruit.
J P Office is determined to face up to sustainability challenges, highlighting the need for urgent action. With a keen sense of what is required to tackle problems such as climate change and resource scarcity, we ensure that we adopt best practices to maintain a green environment.
Our resources are very clear on the policies on environmental management, renewable energy, energy efficiency and public health issues. J P Office budgets for environmental wellbeing. Every decision regarding product development and corporate strategy is taken into consideration after due thought is given to sustainability drives.
One of the primary reasons as to why J P Office takes sustainability seriously is because of the lack of a clear definition at the present time among large corporates. This stems from a poor understanding of sustainability. Hence, we find it extremely important that we realise the role it plays in creating real value. Not only does it help corporates create goodwill and great market value, it helps improve operational efficiency.
We set much store by how we regulate our sustainability policies. We quantify the potential impact of environmental regulation on our business, and prepare ourselves to deal with the changes in the following years. This helps our business meet predetermined standards with respect to a ‘Green Movement’. Our strategies are equipped to handle massive changes in climate or the environment in general. They are also open to collaboration with nongovernmental organisations and other companies devoted to sustainability on a large scale.

 Green Offices and Sustainability

 
In today’s world, a bulk of a person’s waking hours in spent in the office. Hence, creating a healthy working environment is a top priority.
In the age of technology and innovation, smart devices are a great way towards ensuring an enjoyable working environment. Taking advantage of computer settings and urging employees to switch off all devices and lights before leaving the workplace is the first step. There are other ways of achieving the larger goal of a green environment as well.
Purchasing and using recyclable, biodegradable products not only benefits the environment but also company efficiency. With respect to professional sustainability practices, a work space needs to incorporate high-efficiency systems as a serious investment, and this is where J P Office excels. With a wide array of tecgnology at our disposal, we make it easy to create a work space that is environment-friendly. In our understanding, the take-home point is to see how well a work space fits into the fanric of its surroundings, and how this can help create a green establishment.
Green initiatives are confined to a certain structure. However, J P Office goes above and beyond in ensuring a green space. We believe that wholly sustaibale spaces extend beyond mere walls and doors. We communicate repeatedly through our strategies that the key to a green office lies in using the right materials. These can appear anywhere from coffee nooks to casual seating areas, from cafes to the actual office. Adequate space and the right material choices combined can help create a balance between bright office space and sustainability.(-Collapse)

 

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