As we get closer to needing to achieve net-zero by 2030 and an increased emphasis is placed on businesses becoming environmentally friendly, natural and recycled materials have becoming even more important. Natural and recycled materials such as glass, wood, metals, ceramics, hemp to name just a few are becoming increasingly prevalent in sustainable office design to help achieve the net-zero goal.
In many of our projects, we make sure to either reuse materials and use natural materials where possible. Our University of Hull EEI project is a great example of creating a sustainable office design using natural materials and recycled materials which we received a SKA Gold rating for.
Using natural and recycled materials is a much more environmentally friendly option, offering benefits in that they reduce the carbon-footprint and create a more natural feel for employees. Many businesses are now very conscious of their carbon footprint and hesitant to redesign their office as it may impact their carbon footprint or be seen as excessive, however incorporating natural and recycled materials is a great way to ensure you office design is sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Examples of natural and recycled materials in our design:
Sustainable office design using natural and recycled materials will also positively impact your employees as well as contributing to the net-zero goal. For example, including biophilic design element will promote wellbeing, productivity and creativity among your workforce as nature has been proven to have a significant positive impact on employees. It also ahs benefits in that including nature such as plants in your sustainable office design will allow your business to give back to the environment.