As commercial real estate experts, you are always looking for new and innovative ways to increase the value of property assets. A big part of that is sustainability.
Sustainability offers a triple bottom line return on investment: environmental, social, and financial. So how can you make your office buildings more sustainable? Let’s take a closer look at the current market state and what the future can bring.
How Buildings Affect The Environment
Did you know that 40% of global C02 emissions come from buildings?
Without worldwide changes, these projections are likely to double by 2030 and hit 50%. As you can see it’s vital for architects or developers designing an office building not only to consider how they will be powered but what materials are used too. The most sustainable ones use eco-friendly resources such as solar panels in order to reduce their carbon footprint while still harnessing energy efficiently – all without compromising on functionality.
Sustainable Office Design Aspects
We can see that sustainability is becoming a top priority for society, from our travel choices to buying habits. More people are choosing cycling over public transport; and there’s been an increase in sustainable fashion brands’ popularity as well – so it makes sense why this would filter into the workplace. Here are several important aspects of sustainability we have to consider when designing office space.
- Energy Efficiency
One of the most important aspects of sustainable office design is energy efficiency. There are a number of ways to make an office more energy efficient, such as using energy-efficient lighting, installing solar panels, and using energy-efficient appliances. Additionally, office buildings can be designed to take advantage of natural light, which can help to reduce energy consumption.
- Water Conservation
Another important aspect of sustainable office design is water conservation. There are a number of ways to conserve water in an office setting, such as using low-flow toilets and sinks, installing water-saving showerheads, and using drought-tolerant plants. Additionally, offices can collect rainwater to use for irrigation or other purposes.
- Recycling and Waste Reduction
Recycling and waste reduction are also important components of sustainable office design. Office buildings can implement recycling programs for paper, plastic, and metal products. Additionally, offices can reduce waste by composting food scraps and using reusable dishes and utensils.
The Future of Sustainability in the Workplace
The transition to a circular economy and the elimination of waste will shape our workplaces in future. As proactive action today ensures that we are best positioned for change, sustainability leaders can provide incredible experiences now which also mean great things when it comes time to adapt again later down this road together with their workers & customers alike.
Sustainability is an integral part of the modern workplace. The shift towards sustainability has been driven by governments, regulators and financial institutions in order to meet global green commitments that are being made more rapidly than ever before with corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives bringing about energy efficiency practices such as waste management or water consumption reduction. This trend can be seen across all industries where employees want businesses who practice what they preach when it comes down to sustainable products too.
We know that sustainability is more than just a buzzword. It’s how we work, play and live every day as part of an inclusive culture that cares for our planet – now more than ever companies need to put purpose behind their projects if they want them cornerstones in the company’s DNA; regular measurement isn’t optional either!
With IPG providing guidance on initiatives tailored towards your needs (whether big or small), you can find success whether at corporate level or within teams – all while creating safer communities around us with lasting benefits.