It can be easy to treat the places where we work differently from the places where we live – it's just a workplace, right? Seeing as we spend almost half the day at work, for the majority of the week, the need for our offices to offer a healthy and sustainable environment simply cannot be overlooked in this modern world. This is why many forward-thinking businesses are undertaking their office refurbishment in Slough with sustainable design in mind.

Office Refurbishment In Slough: What is Sustainable Design?

Sustainable design refers to the philosophy placed upon spaces, products, processes and systems that are designed to optimise human wellbeing, now and in the future, without using elements that would be harmful to the natural, wider environment outside.

Office design offers up a rich and exciting palette for sustainable methods, with different systems, techniques, materials and technologies all able to be honed to reduce the building's overall effect on the environment. All this whilst still bringing a level of comfort, efficiency and inspiration to the staff inside. In general, any building is capable of being sufficient (or 'self-sustaining') by using just the right amount of energy, sanitising their own air and effectively dealing with waste and recycling. Next, we're going to look at the benefits of sustainable design.

The Benefits of Sustainable Design.

  • Save on Costs. One of the key benefits of switching to a more sustainable design for your building is the drastic cut in costs that it will make. Even using something as simple as zonal lighting controls or new insulation will cut down on energy costs – and then there are renewable energy sources that can be implemented too. Technology and materials, such as solar panels and controlled ventilation, can also help the building to be self-sufficient. There are also water utilities that can be better optimised too. Items such as dual-flush toilets, waterless urinals and taps that are sensory-driven, will all work to cut down on the water bill.

    Waste management is another large aspect of providing a sustainable environment. With a push from local and national governments to reduce landfill and increase recycling, the need to sustainably dispose of waste has become vital for some businesses. It's important that a business identifies which materials can be recycled, reused or repurposed in the office. By reducing waste and increasing recycling and reuse, this will halt the costs of waste disposal – and be much better for the environment as a result.

    Then of course, there are the day-to-day costs that accompany everyday use of the office. If a business can implore to employees the importance of being sustainable within the workplace, they just may carry that out in their home life too. This can only help the outside environment and of course, make them happy and content with their lives at home and in work – which brings us to...
  • Productivity. Nobody wants to work in an environment that is uncomfortable and negative; sustainable design can combine natural elements with those that have been manufactured, to provide the ultimate inspiring work environment. An office refurbishment in Slough that is sustainable is one that is able to provide an increased level of natural light, better quality of air, just the right temperature and improved acoustics. All of these elements work together to provide increased levels of happiness and health for employees and in turn, increases their job satisfaction and levels of productivity. Even the introduction of plants (such as living walls) and using an increased level of natural and organic materials in the interiors and the furniture have been found to have a positive impact on the mood and productivity of a workplace.
  • Company Branding and Culture. Building an environment that is sustainable shouldn't end with the building and its interiors – it should also run through the very core of the business and the people who represent it. By undertaking an office refurbishment in Slough that is sustainable, a business will be communicating to potential clients, as well as its employees, that it understands its responsibilities to the wider environment, as well as its role in providing inspiring, healthy and comfortable surroundings for all who are present within it.

Sustainable Office Design, From Oaktree Interiors.

Are you a business owner who is looking to undertake an office refurbishment in Slough, Berkshire or anywhere throughout London and the South East? You've found the right place here at Oaktree Interiors.

We are a vastly experienced office fit out company with over 30 years of industry knowledge under our belts. The fact that we've remained in the industry for so long, should present an insight into the quality of the office spaces that we have designed for our clients throughout the South East.

When it comes to being sustainable, our key objective has always been to create a climate of excellence – not only in the products and services we offer but also for our employees, persons affected by our activities and the wider environment as a whole. As a business, we always endeavour to minimise the impact of our work on the environment – something that is always reflected in the workplaces we create.

Create Your Perfect Workplace, With Our Office Fit Out Experts.

If you would like more information on how we're able to carry out a sustainable office refurbishment in Slough for your business, why not get in touch with our office fit out experts today? You can give us a call on 0845 474 3556 or alternatively, you can send an e-mail enquiry to us at hello@oaktreeoffice.com.

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