The relationship between a personal sense of wellbeing and creating a more sustainable way of living means that the potential environmental impact of building projects is now central to the design and specification process.
As a result, employees are now much more aware of sustainability initiatives such as BREAAM and LEED, these industry standards are ways of making sure we consider sustainability and wellbeing together, rather than in isolation. To improve talent attraction and retention, it’s now becoming high on businesses agendas to ensure their offices are not only beautifully designed and functional, but also give something back to the environment.
Incorporating sustainable materials through the flooring and furniture is a simple way to elevate a workplace’s sustainability credentials. When designing a project, we like to ensure that our team use materials containing high amounts of recycled content which have less of an impact on the environment, as well as sustainably-sourced furniture, which is designed for long standing, frequent use to increase the lifespan.
Using alternative natural materials, such as cork, is another great way for spaces to lower their environmental impact and significantly improve the air quality for users. This material is actually carbon negative which means that the overall effect from producing the material removes more carbon from the atmosphere than is actually added to it. Cork is also great at helping absorb acoustic noises so ambient background sounds such as conversations and footsteps can be drowned out which helps employees to concentrate better.
Taking a people-centred approach
In an industry which is going through so much change, it is more important than ever for companies to support and meet the needs of the people who work for them. For office designers, this means working with companies to create a comfortable and safe office environment which elevates user wellbeing and at the same times helps businesses to operate in a sustainable way.
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