02 Feb 5 considerations in Sustainable Design
Sustainability is a way of life, not just an idea that sounds great in theory. Whether it is a preference for you or not when it comes to your fitout, consider this: ‘Sustainability affects everything an individual does.’ When it comes to commercial design, knowing what kind of a relationship we want to have with the global and local environment is the first consideration.
Then, we should address how to deal with this relationship. To move from theory into practice, it is necessary to understand the impacts associated with our work and life related activities.
We love it when our clients want to embrace sustainable design. In fact, we’re one of the few commercial fitout companies who have experience in this space! It’s a challenge to get the balance between sustainable practice, aesthetic, and budget right, but when you do, it offers so many fantastic ethical and commercial benefits.
So what goes in to Sustainable Design? It does vary, depending on the job, but here are the 5 main areas we cover with our clients when determining the right path forward:
- Is it a Sustainable site? Some sites are more sustainable than others, and this is due to a range of factors, including annual rainfall, natural sunlight, and proximity to resources. Before starting to design and build, it’s ideal that you find a location that offers you the ability to construct and exist sustainably. Before you sign the dotted line on your lease or purchase, ask for our advice. It could save you thousands of dollars.
- How do we get optimal Water efficiency? We consider tapware, filtration, heating, and cooling systems. Our carefully selected specialised trades are always researching new sustainable options on the market that will have positive effects for years to come.
- How do we achieve optimal energy efficiency? We consider lighting as the obvious and yet most important component here. By incorporating windows and skylights we can maximize the use of daylight and minimize artificial light, so you can considerably reduce unnecessary and expensive enery wastage. When artificial lighting is needed, LEDs, halogens and compact fluorescent light bulbs save energy and last longer. Other considerations include the choice of window furnishings, and reduced heatload is achieved through window film and furnishings. We prefer to work with Plastics Saint Gobain.
- What materials will we use? The level of emission of toxic gases both used in production process and during the using period of the materials is an essential criterion in achieving sustainability. When choosing joinery, flooring, and furnishings, we make sure the materials are produced in a way that’s clean, and low impact environmentally. When it comes to choice of materials, the options are endless. Nikpol have created a beautiful range called EGGER EUROLIGHT® and it is the first lightweight board to be manufactured on an industrial scale. The composite board is made of an innovative sandwich construction reducing material use and raw material requirements, which, in turn, means there is a reduction in material, transport and logistic costs for fabricators and manufacturers. Not only that, but environmental impact is reduced without compromising strength and stability, a benefit that has implications beyond the industry.
- How do we offer an innovative design that meets our clients needs? When it comes to delivering on our client’s objectives, it’s often about thinking outside the square, and using creativity to deliver cost effective solutions. One of our fantastic designers was recently awarded an Australian Design award for her design of bespoke furniture pieces! As a team, we are committed to researching and integrating the most up to date options for our clients.
Contact Fits In today to discuss how we can make your practice more sustainable!