Today, social responsibility is an important consideration for businesses of all sizes. Millennials dominate many markets as the top buyers, and global research from Nielsen shows that about 75 percent of them are willing to pay more for products or services from sustainable companies. These are some green initiatives and sustainable design ideas to consider.
Reduce Energy Consumption
About 50 percent of the country's energy is consumed by small and midsize businesses. While energy tops the list of expensive monthly obligations for most businesses, many owners do not know that they can reduce those costs. Call your energy provider to inquire about efficient light bulbs, green upgrades, and special direct financing through the energy provider. Some energy-efficient building upgrades are eligible for tax incentives. For a new building, think about a sustainable architectural design that uses more natural light or solar power.
Create an Efficient Use of Space
One way to limit your overhead costs is to move to or build a smaller space if possible. If you have employees who could work from home and access information on the cloud, consider at least partial virtual staffing. You will not need to buy as much office furniture, and you may not need to stock as many supplies. If your employees drive to work, you will be helping them save money on fuel and car expenses. Also, you will do your part to reduce vehicle emissions that harm the environment.
Use Sustainable Interior and Exterior Designs
If you are planning a renovation or a new building, sustainable architecture is important. Many companies today are using recycled materials to create new structures and remodel interiors. There are materials such as glass bricks that are made from recycled bottles, cork boards that are made from discarded wine corks and wood that is made from newspapers. If you employ a forward-thinking architecture company that prioritizes sustainability, you can show your commitment to environmental responsibility and can also save money.
A sustainable design firm can help you pick materials that have a lower impact on the environment. For example, decorative chairs that are made from wood are more environmentally friendly than chairs that are made from plastic. Also, if wood furniture pieces have FSC labels on them, it means that the wood was harvested responsibly. When you pick materials that are sustainable, consider longevity as well. By doing this, you also reduce waste. Sustainable design is more than just using environmentally friendly or recycled building materials. Green architecture spans other planning and construction methods that minimize harmful effects on the environment and on human health.
Consult a Sustainable Architecture Firm
From flooring material and window design to desk type and furniture layout, there are many aspects to consider if you want to optimize your interior and exterior. The professionals at Artech Design Group have experience with green architecture and creating sustainable designs. Get in touch with the team at Artech Design Group to discuss your needs and to receive personalized suggestions.