Bringing the outside in was a prominent trend in 2019 that isn’t going anywhere as we enter a new decade. The depth of information available to us has broadened our understanding of ways to reduce our environmental impact. By developing sustainable workplaces, we can protect our environment, save business costs and improve employee wellbeing.
The presence of green office design will increase in the new year as our knowledge and technology advances. Here are three green office design trends we predict will be popular in 2020:
Some businesses are introducing urban farms within their workplaces. On roofs, balconies, car parks or empty land, you can develop an urban farm wherever there’s free space. Agriculture is one of the main contributors to global emissions due to the amount of crops needed to feed animals and humans. Urban farms aim to localise the production of food and bring it back to basics. Businesses growing their own plants in their workplaces aim to encourage the use of fresh food and sustainable sources.
Urban farms differ from industrial gardens due to the element of commercialism. The plants are used personally or sold to local businesses. As we become aware of how food is grown, harvested, transported and prepared, urban farms provide control of our food from start to finish. Urban farms are a positive initiative that encourages employees to cultivate a project that benefits the environment and community.
We tend to only work outdoors when the weather permits it. But working on balconies or patios are no longer reserved for sunny days. Businesses are creating outdoor work areas that can be used all year round. Outdoor workspaces encourage employees to access fresh air and sunshine as much as possible. Outdoor desks and furniture that can remain outside at all times are now a common product on the market.
Taking your work outdoors can help to reduce your energy consumption by omitting the use of heating and air conditioning. Nature’s calming influence helps to improve employee wellbeing by reducing stress levels and anxiety.
Vertical gardens in offices are appearing in urban areas that don’t have access to greenery.Vertical gardens, also known as green walls or living walls, allow employees to grow their own flowers and plants indoors. As well as the attractive appearance, vertical gardens bring lots of benefits to the office. The quality of air is greatly improved by green walls. The plants consume carbon dioxide to produce cleaner oxygen. Being indoors, the plants aren’t harmed by pollutants or toxins from carbon emissions.
Compared to outdoor gardens, vertical gardens use 80% less water. By watering the top layer of plants, the water and nutrients filter down the wall to the roots of each basin. Any excess water that is captured in the bottom layer can be reused to water the plants again. This helps to reduce your water consumption and save business costs.
Making your office more sustainable and eco-friendly doesn’t demand huge change. Simple introductions to your workplace will have a positive impact on our environment. We hope to see more green office design as businesses begin to embrace the responsibility we have to our climate.
If you’d like to learn more about implementing green office design within your workplace, contact us now.