When you are in the market for an office refurbishment there are a huge number of careful considerations to be made. One of the most important and most talked about considerations is how can you make your office a more sustainable place to work. ‘Green’ design and sustainability in the workplace has become a hot topic and trend in recent years, and is something every modern office takes seriously.

Consciousness of sustainability in the modern workplace has grown globally, with over half of the world’s businesses choosing to pay more for sustainable and greener office furnishings than cheap, poorly manufactured furnishings. If you are working with a tight budget though, it can be tempting to resist spending the extra for more sustainable causes, however office design doesn’t have to be expensive, especially if you’re clever with it. We are sharing our top three sustainable office refurbishment ideas that won’t break the budget.

NATURAL LIGHTING

The benefits of good natural lighting is something money cannot buy, and something you can easily enhance in your office without spending much at all. Taking the simple step to utilise as much natural light as possible is cost effective and great for the environment as you will reduce the amount of artificial light needed in the office. Not only is it cost effective and sustainable, natural light has so many benefits for your employees too including boosting productivity and energy.

If you are in a position to make changes to the structure of your building, natural light should be a priority, so increasing the size of your windows or adding roof lanterns would be a great move.  Should you require to use artificial light, you should only be using energy efficient lighting fixtures and its usage should be closely monitored.

GOOD VENTILATION

Another way to improve the sustainability of your office design without breaking the budget is by improving workplace ventilation. It can be as simple as using passive ventilation systems, and utilising windows that can be opened. Both of these ideas will help to avoid the need for energy-consuming air conditioning systems.

We understand that many office building will still need to use air conditioning systems, however they will be unlikely need to use it as much if they take steps to improve the overall ventilation of their office. If an air conditioning system is still needed, try to turn to one which is as energy-efficient as possible.

A typical office building is going to use quite a lot of energy on a day-to-day basis, but small steps can make a big difference. There are so many ways that you can improve your energy consumption in a green way, the installation of solar panels on the roof can help to generate the electricity required to power air conditioning units, if you still need to use them.

USE SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS

Most office refurbishment plans include replacement of furnishings, including tables and chairs. When you get to this point, it is an excellent opportunity to purchase your new furnishings with sustainability and eco-friendliness in mind.

Committing to only buying furniture made using sustainable sourced materials can limit the impact your refurbishment project has on the environment, while also helping other ethical businesses. Using materials which can be recycled is a huge plus, so that if you ever refurbish again, these can avoid being wasted.

Once you are conscious of what your office could be capable of when it comes to practising more sustainable, eco-friendly habits, it will be easier to address them. Could you reduce the use of paper or go paperless entirely? Could you reduce the amount of printing you do? Could you recycle empty ink cartridges, batteries and other items? And can you recycle any equipment you are replacing?