Sustainability is climbing the agenda for workspace clients, partly in response to new regulations like the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard, requiring all rented properties to meet EPC Ratings of E or above from 1 April 2018.
Achieving sustainability targets can be done with ease and without large financial outlays. We recently completed the design and fit-out of our new studio in an iconic but poorly insulated 1960s building. Our interventions ranged from the obvious to the innovative, resulting in an operationally zero carbon office with zero emissions and all energy sourced from renewable sources.
Sustainability in the workplace also extends to employee satisfaction, well-being and productivity, and can influence financial sustainability through reduced energy bills. There are compelling synergies in sustainability that can incentivise organisations, acting as carrots to the stick of regulatory control.
Here are seven evidence-based interventions that we applied in our studio fit-out.