The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) is regarded as a pioneer in the field of sustainability. As a charity and industry-led network with a mission to radically improve the sustainability of the built environment, UK-GBC not only focuses on the environmental impact of buildings, but also campaigns for ‘Better Places for People’, striving to accelerate health and wellbeing, especially within the workplace.
The refurbishment of UK-GBC’s London headquarters was a landmark project that needed to inspire employers across the country by setting an exemplar for a low-carbon office refurb, while delivering a space with high wellbeing credentials conducive to improved productivity. UK-GBC turned to Desso, a Tarkett company, to provide a sleek and sustainable flooring installation, helping to deliver an innovative modern workplace – a space that is better for people and for the environment.
To build on the wellness theme, 175m2 of DESSO AirMaster® Sphere carpet was selected for its patented technology – helping to maximise air quality in line with the relevant WELL Standard requirements, including the minimisation of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from materials used. DESSO AirMaster® Sphere contains ECONYL® yarn – a 100% regenerated nylon made from recovered waste materials from Desso’s own Refinity® facility- and is eight times more effective in capturing and retaining fine dust than smooth flooring solutions.
Elinor Huggett, Sustainability Officer at UK-GBC, comments: “A key aim of the project was to ensure that we were showcasing innovation and best practice. As with all the design features selected for this project, DESSO AirMaster® Sphere carpet was carefully assessed by our team to ensure that it fitted within our carbon budget and supports health and wellbeing.”