In an era where sustainability features largely on our agendas, we’re all trying to do our bit to protect the environment. In 2017, when Bloomberg stepped into the limelight for creating a fully sustainable office at their European Headquarters, the bar was set, and many organisations were encouraged to follow.
Bloomberg’s vast innovation included elements such as integrated ceiling panels, water conservation systems, natural ventilation, smart airflow and combined heat and power. These benefits go beyond energy-saving and the utilisation of natural resources, they also enhance wellbeing in the workplace, reduce costs, and attract customers and talent. With that in mind, it might even be your corporate responsibility to make eco-friendly changes.
Offices are becoming trendier by the day, so it couldn’t be a better time to incorporate a range of varying materials into your new, sustainable office design. Green materials contain less harmful chemicals than standard ones which makes the office air purer. They are also more versatile than standard materials, so you can be as diverse as you want with your design and certainly won’t need to compromise. Different materials can even help create the uber-modern styles that we are frequently seeing on the covers of glossy magazines. Earth-friendly materials such as wood, bamboo, cork, granite, marble, limestone and porcelain are all made in a sustainable process through the use of renewable energy. Felt is also increasingly popular due to its effect on office aesthetics. Wall panels and room dividers require soundproofing qualities for staff concentration making it an ideal choice. Not only can you opt for recyclable felt, but it also comes in numerous colours which brightens any office space.
Reclaimed and recyclable products are recommended and can be tailored to match your choice of office design. Items can be brought to life when re-used, not to mention the reduction in landfill that you’ll contribute towards. Recycled PET bottles make eye-catching blinds and curtains, and come in an array of colours. Plastic pots can be used as a table surface, a wall of used bottles or chopping boards for something a little different. Small touches such as these will provide a great talking point for visitors.
Adding the natural environment to your office is ideal for the health benefits provided. Plants do a lot more than simply look attractive, they help to recycle the air and reduce noise levels, minimalise absence rates by improving the health and wellbeing of your workforce, boost creativity and improve productivity. And it is highly unlikely that any office design will look less attractive after adding some greenery.
Overall, the wellbeing of your staff is at the top of the agenda when it comes to your office, and a sustainable workplace has abundant health benefits. And you needn’t be concerned about a less stylish offering, eco-friendly requires no compromise on your chosen design.