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Environment and sustainability

  • Natural forms and biophilic design lend themselves particularly well to modern offices

    Posted on July 21, 2017 by admin

    Earlier this month, BRE launched The Biophilic Office project, a ‘groundbreaking’ office refurbishment in test conditions that will seek to provide quantified evidence on the benefits of biophilic design on health, wellbeing and productivity of office occupants. The project centres on a 650 sq. m. 1980s office building on the BRE campus in Watford, which will be refurbished […]

  • How colour signifies what is happening in the economy

    Posted on December 14, 2016 by Fresh Workspace

    The announcement by Pantone that its Colour of the Year for 2017 was a bright green called simply ‘Greenery’ was met with the now traditional annual carping about the subjectivity of the whole thing. Whatever your opinion, there are two things we know for sure. The first is that Pantone puts a lot of time and effort […]

  • Some positive thinking on facilities management and the environment

    Posted on August 17, 2016 by Charles Marks

    There is a theory that when companies talk about issues such as corporate social responsibility they are doing so because it helps them to achieve their business goals, including those relating to facilities management. This is the coldly rational thing to do according to people like free market guru Milton Friedman who argues that companies […]

  • Weighing up the pros and cons of the BREEAM environmental standard

    Posted on September 15, 2015 by Charles Marks

    For some years now there has been a growing awareness of the need to improve the environmental performance of buildings. This is closely linked to both the Government’s own international commitments to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent over the next 35 years and the need of organisations to act ethically and cut costs while […]

  • Environmentally friendly office design demands an in depth approach

    Posted on April 7, 2015 by Charles Marks

    When every office furniture manufacturer makes the same claims about their environmental policies, accreditations and use of materials, those credentials become irrelevant to decisions about which products to buy. The flipside of this is that including an ISO14001 accreditation or any other environmental standard as part of a brief may become a way of weeding […]

  • Natural forms lend themselves particularly well to office interior elements

    Posted on January 29, 2015 by Paul Goodchild

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    Earlier this year office furniture maker IPSOS surveyed hundreds of UK office workers on behalf of Steelcase to find out what they wanted from their office. One of the report’s key findings was the importance of organic forms. “One element which is conducive to wellbeing in the working environment is the beneficial effects of contact […]

  • Greater choice of office flooring reflects sophisticated demands of occupiers

    Posted on December 3, 2014 by Charles Marks

    Buildings are judged in terms of their floorspace in more ways than you might think. When it comes to specifying office flooring, it’s not just a question of square metres, but also of identity, space definition, colour, finish and the environment. Like many aspects of the built environment, flooring manufacturers continue to innovate in terms […]

  • New BREEAM environmental standard launched for UK office refurbishment and fit-outs

    Posted on October 31, 2014 by Charles Marks

    The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has launched the latest addition to its flagship sustainability accreditation scheme. Launched fully at MIPIM UK, the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM)  Refurbishment and Fit-Out 2014 environmental standard has been in development for two years including consultations with end users and a pilot project at BRE’s base near […]