Renovating or reusing sustainable offices
Re-using materials and furniture in your office seems to clash with ideals of a new and fresh working environment. At GRIP we can create a design that combines these values along with sustainable and recycled office interior in order to let you have best from both worlds. At the same time our design will minimize your impact on our planet.
With interior design of a sustainable office, take the re-using of materials into account
When your goal is to have a sustainable office, it is important to never lose focus on the optimal balance between design and functionality.
If you only focus on re-using your current materials it is easy to lose track of the functionality. At GRIP we have extensive experience to create the balance between sustainability, design and functionality.
4 tips for sustainable reuse
- Re-use elsewhere
Think of that cabinet that no longer fits in terms of color, but can serve well in the archive.
The table top of your desk often holds the basics of a design. It could very well work within your new office by simply touching up the frame and changing the finish.
- Re-use in another form
Table tops of your current conference tables can be perfect building materials to use in partition walls. This will save the need for brand new materials. .
- Re-use by another user
Chairs that no longer fit the design can be perfect for the start up business just around the corner.
Whether it is new construction or renovation of an office, I wish everyone GRIP on the project. “
Marleen Bosschart & Marieke Sanders, K3 Organization
Our interior designers like to get creative with your current products and materials. Since we are an independent partner only work towards to the ideal balance between design and functionality and not the volume of products that are used.
Many interior projects are tested for sustainability based on the concept of ‘corporate social responsibility’.
Various certification programs such as Cradle2Cradle and BREEAM exist to to offer a guideline for a “green” construction project. It is important that along with all the great advices these guidelines hold, a certification should not be the leading. Supporting the needs of your company should be the main goal.
When you start a office re-location or renovation a C02 footprint will automaticilly be made. As prevention is always better than the cure we are listing below what GRIP advices to minimize the impact on the environment.
Re-using what you have is always a great starting point. Buying local products and services helps to keep transport at a minimum. A comparison on the CO2 impact against expected life-span and rest value will let you know if this is a good investment. Fro example, a plastic (petroleum based item) is durable if its used more then 20 years and properly recycled.
Compensation can be increased if needed. If you choose to compensate the CO2 footprint that has been conscientiously made. There are various organizations that can help with this. They will plant trees or invest in nature preservation based on calculated CO2 impact.
From the first interior design in 3D to the first day in a new environment, GRIP interior projects naturally monitor the impact on the environment by judging products for origin and re-use.
Sustainable, circular and being environmentally conscious have the impression to delay the process or increase costs. However there are many ways torespect these values without too much effort. One of these ways is reuse from disassembly.
It is unnecessary that material is discarded when at the same time the same type is being used as expensive core material in walls and floors. Some examples are insulating material, plasterboard and chipboard.
When demolition is carried out as dismantling with separate waste streams, it makes sense to identify which materials can be stored and re-used.
With a little creativity, materials can also be used in new ways. For example, think of old desktops as reinforcement in new walls. GRIP interior projects likes to take up the challenge and help to grasp all sustainable opportunities in your project!
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