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Sustainability is a word on everybody’s lips.
From conscious choices in the home to multinational corporations with great environmental initiatives, nobody (and no business) is too big or small to make an impact.
At Merit Interiors, we understand that our clients have an environmental conscience to fulfil - which is why we engage sustainable fitout and design practices to ensure that together, our choices don’t cost the earth.
The right outcome begins with the right planning: with you every step of the way, Merit’s team of experienced interior designers and fitout experts help bring your vision to life, creating a hub that not only promotes employee productivity and engagement, but does so with a conscious mind.
An energy audit can help you understand the ways in which you can take advantage of natural lighting, reducing your reliance on artificial lighting where possible.
The same goes for heating and cooling: simply sealing gaps in windows, walls, and roofs, and exploring a zoned HVAC system can help dramatically cut your power consumption without sacrificing comfort.
Your building’s energy performance will help you understand their realistic levels of energy efficiency you can expect to achieve.
From added insulation to strategically designed solar panels, there are many avenues to explore when it comes to creating a tailored efficient and sustainable commercial design for your office.
Not only does greenery look fantastic, but your office plants also play an important role in improving air quality.
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The concept of living, breathing ‘green walls’ is also soaring in popularity; not only do they look fantastic, but they are also a symbol of a modern, forward-thinking company passionate about making a change. Green walls can also improve insulation and air quality.
Over the course of a day, plants absorb carbon dioxide, reducing levels by up to 10% in buildings with air conditioning (and up to 25% in those without).
CO2 can have an impact on productivity and focus, and is known to cause headaches.
From manufacturing processes to materials, we love connecting with suppliers who have a conscious commitment to creating beautiful, functional, and sustainable furniture.
Essentially, the experts you engage for your sustainable fitout should ensure a fully sustainable supply chain and thoughtful choices create a truly sustainable workplace you can be proud of, reducing your carbon footprint and doing your part for our environment.
From your initial fitout to ongoing office suppliers, each company you engage within your eco-friendly workplace environment should be carefully vetted to ensure their beliefs align with yours.
Curate a list of suppliers you’re proud to share with your customers, consumers, and employees. And when in doubt, why not go to your own team for their suggestions, opinions, and insight?
Reduce business waste going to landfill by encouraging the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle methodology. Make it easy for employees to do the right thing with accessible bins throughout the office.
Additionally, assess different aspects, both small and large, of business and the associated waste, from kitchen supplies through to overproduction, transport, and defects.
Consider if and how unwanted materials or waste can be donated to and utilised by other businesses.
Get it right from the start with water-efficient plumbing fixtures for taps, toilets, and showers.
Mixer taps can also save water by quicking reaching a desired temperature, such as boiling water for a tea or coffee.
Moreover, explore grey water recycling systems and rainwater tanks.
When was the last time you had to print and physically sign and send a document in the mail? Chances are you’re already a part of a digitised office – even if you don’t realise it.
These days, thanks to e-signatures and the instant nature of emails, document and file sharing has never been easier – or quicker. Reserve physical copies only when required and keep it online wherever possible.
Encourage your team to pursue a green transport policy by fitting your office space with facilities to help them transition more easily.
From showers and personal lockers to secure bike storage, these investments can make a big difference to your employees and can also be a strong attraction for new talent.
You know that your company is only as good as its people. Equip your team with the right knowledge, and importantly, clear and easy to follow steps that they can take to reduce their environmental impact when in the office.
Keep communication lines open and ask for feedback, suggestions, and ideas – people love to share, after all!
Empower your team with the knowledge and commitment to adapt. Speak to Merit Interiors to learn more about sustainable office design in Melbourne and Sydney.
To learn more about how we can help bring to life a sustainable office fit out, we invite you to get in touch with Merit Interiors today.