Evaluating the Benefits of a ‘Green Office’ Space

Sustainable construction is the most vibrant and global topic in the construction industry. Green buildings are the hot topic in media and are trendy as well. They are politically correct for the owners and tenants. Building green is also a means to an end, used by public agencies to bolster public support and image. The cost of green building is slightly more than not building green.

Evaluating the Benefits of a ‘Green Office’ Space

Evaluating the Benefits of a ‘Green Office’ Space

In buying an office in a green building you know that it uses less energy than a traditional building. It can be 25-30% less and increase with the increase of ‘green’ in the construction. Additionally green buildings that incorporate water saving strategies (low-flow fixtures, water reclamation system etc.) use up to 39% less water than the conventional buildings. Owners will see this translate into gas, electric, and water bills from the start.

Green Buildings are energy saving and cost effective thus very useful in commercial premises. Green office space is not about the green color of your office walls, but about sustainability and being environment-friendly. An overwhelming number of corporates are into the ‘green building’ concept, and take the use of recycled items, environmental-friendly and sustainable business products, and paper very seriously.

A ‘Green Office’ incorporates design, construction and operational practices that significantly reduce or eliminates the negative impacts on the environment or its occupants. The green office is an opportunity to use resources efficiently while creating healthy environment for people who live and work there. Green office space not only includes the building, office products but transportation as well.

Some tips given below will help your office become greener but will help save money too-

  • Turn off your computers and monitors overnight and on weekends.

  • Turn off lights when not in use.

  • Use motion detecting switches in less used areas.

  • Open windows instead of using air-conditioning whenever possible.

  • Turn off your climate controller and use water filter instead of bottled water.

  • Reuse paper for note pads, use recycled paper.

  • Store electronic reports rather than paper reports.

  • Get flat screen monitors for your computers they are more efficient.

  • Insist on biodegradable and non-toxic cleaning supply.

Know your carbon footprint; this will help you in knowing what to do in reducing your emissions while reducing your energy and waste disposable cost. Green office space helps you sustain the environment as well as creating a healthy work space.

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