Optimize your office environment in 6 simple steps
Save space, save money and create a healthier office environment all at the same time! Creative solutions & new technologies can help you create a modern office, that your employees love working in.
Step 1: Isolate your building and start saving money
A well isolated outer shell of your building is sustainable and should help you reduce costs. Trying to keep your office at a constant temperature is responsible for almost a third of all CO2-emissions. A well isolated building shouldn’t have any gaps at all and this will help keep your indoor temperature at a constant level. The thickness of the isolation is also an important factor. A thicker isolation will mean less floor space so a smaller area that needs to be kept at a certain temperature. Have the thickness of your isolation checked to see if they are right for your particular building. One of the options you can work with are PIR sandwichpanels. These panels are sustainable, environmental friendly and easy to work with. PIR panels are a popular solution when working with building facades.
Step 2: Use mobile storage to optimize your office space
Be creative when designing the interior of your office. Saving precious office space shouldn’t be complicated. Using mobile storagesystems can create an additional 50% in office space. Combine the archives, library and a display area in cabinets that can be moved around on a rail. When you need any extra room you can simply slide them together. When you need certain files you can slide the cabinets away from each other to create an aisle. You could even use them as a room divider.
Step 3: The importance of daylight & why you should use glass
For a comfortable office environment, daylight is essential. So using glasswork for windows and facades is a must. Glass has a beautiful light distribution but that isn’t the only benefit. Advanced technologies for glass, foil and coating can enhance the light distribution of standard glass windows. This can mean even more light that enters your office, which will give your employees a boost of energy and make them more productive. A better mood is also being attributed to getting enough daylight. So you can see how important this factor is when creating an optimal work environment for your employees.
You can also use layered, hardened or fire resistant windows to increase the safety of your office building.
Step 4: The importance of a proper indoor climate
You can always improve the indoor climate of your office and here’s why you should; it’s better for everyone that works in your building. Proper indoor climate control will reduce the amount health complaints and absences through illness. People will be more comfortable at work which can improve the productivity of your employees and the quality of their work. When people are extremely hot or ice-cold, they will be distracted from their work.
Temperature, ventilation, sound, light are all important factors in the way your employees will experience their work environment. So being able to control all these elements is essential in developing the optimal office.You should invest in quality installations. These energy efficient and sustainable systems might have high start-up costs but they will improve the quality of the indoor climate and save you money in the end.
Beware when developing a proper indoor climate; take note of everybody’s opinion or you’ll have men and women battling over the office thermostat.
Step 5: The importance of floors is nothing to step on
Fine particulates have a very bad influence on the quality of the air we breath and consequently on our health. When you have stone tiles in the office and clean regularly, you don’t have to worry to much about these particulates. But when you have carpet in the office or something similar, these are much harder to clean. So fine particulates will accumulate in the carpet and release in the air when your employees walk around. Luckily there is a solution for this; a special kind of carpet (tiles) that will trap and store the particulates and prevent them from being released back into the air. This kind of carpet is even more effective in the battle against fine particulates than hard floors.
Step 6: Use Daylight simulating sky panels when you don’t have a corner office
We already discussed the importance of daylight in the office, but in some cases this simply isn’t possible. We can’t all have the corner office, right? So how do you deal with areas that lack daylight? Using led lighting is the most obvious solution. Led lighting uses around 80% less energy than a normal lightbulb and you are working towards a more evironmentally friendly office building. We advice to change every lightbulb in the office to a led substitute if you can.
But simply using led lights doesn’t change the fact that some offices don’t have any windows. Luckily there’s a solution! Almost all office buildings use suspended ceilings, these are more often than not white and pretty boring. Now you can turn these boring ceilings into beautiful skylights and you don’t even have to be on the top floor. A combination of high quality images of clear blue skies and the latest in led technology will bring the outside, inside. These so called photo ceilings will help create a pleasant work environment and will reduce stress, created by a lack of sunlight.