THE IMPORTANCE OF GREEN BUILDING PRACTICES IN OFFICE DESIGN

Whichever side you happen to fall on when it comes to the impact of human activity on the environment, one thing is for certain – the importance of green building practices in commercial design has become more popular than ever, and shows no signs of slowing down. However, beyond the social implications, green building practices are indeed quite beneficial for the environment, as well as the health and well-being of the humans who occupy them. When it comes to commercial building practices, these benefits transfer over, offering a multitude of perks and benefits to business owners.

Green building within the context of commercial office design is represented by the practice of conceptualizing and constructing buildings in a way that minimizes their environmental footprint. Usually, this can be achieved through the use of sustainable materials, efficient technologies and innovative design solutions but so-called “green buildings” are designed specifically to reduce their carbon footprint, conserve energy and water, and promote the health and well-being of occupants.

 

BETTER ENERGY EFFICIENCY

One of the biggest advantages to green office design practices is energy efficiency, thanks to revolutionary new technologies and practices that can lead to significant cost savings for businesses. Every penny saved is a penny earned, and these energy-efficient systems and appliances reinforce the philosophy by reducing energy consumption by a significant margin. Think energy-saving AC units, power-efficient computer solutions, and LED lighting, to name but a few. This not only benefits the environment directly, but also the bottom line of your business, for the better!

 

REDUCED WATER WASTE

Another important facet of green building practices is the adoption of water-saving features, such as low-flow fixtures, and greywater reuse systems. This not only conserves a valuable resource, but also reduces the burden on municipal water supplies. Typically, we tend to dwell on water consumption mostly as an afterthought, but the simple fact is that environmental sustainability does depend on making sure that our buildings cut down on water waste. 

 

BETTER AIR QUALITY

In addition to energy and water efficiency, green building practices also prioritize indoor air quality, which is great for tenants and employees who tend to spend a significant portion of their lives at work. Think natural ventilation (where applicable), better air filtration systems, and non-toxic building materials. The benefit to companies typically centers on reduced sick days taken by employees, which in turn boosts productivity.

Beyond that, the simple practice of maintaining excellent air quality can bump up morale across the board, making employees feel better, and concentrate more easily. In fact, studies have shown that employees who work in green offices are far more productive, and have higher job satisfaction rates. This can lead to increased employee retention, as well as the ability to attract dynamic new talent that may be eager to join your team.

 

ENHANCED COMPANY REPUTATION

What about your company’s reputation and recognition? Can adopting green office design practices actually put your company name in lights? It’s indeed a fact that businesses investing in green office design practices end up demonstrating their commitment to environmental responsibility, which can enhance their brand reputation, and attract customers and employees who share similar values. It demonstrates a forward-thinking approach to a current problem that will need to be dealt with over the next several decades, and a signal that your company is ready to stand at the forefront, right now. 

 

CONCLUSION

Yes, green office design practices are absolutely essential for creating sustainable, healthy, and productive commercial spaces, and you are more than justified to reap the benefits that come with such a philosophy. By incorporating these practices, you too can reduce your company’s  environmental impact, while creating a happier and healthier team who will be more than willing to help you succeed and grow.

At Sensyst, we’ve been at the cutting edge of environmentally-conscious office design for decades, and with each new generation, we integrate brand new practices into our design philosophy, for the betterment of our corporate clients. Contact us today, and let us help you design or retrofit your office space to make as little impact on the environment as possible, while making a huge impact on your company’s growth and reputation, all at the same time.