Design a health green office

Workspace Specialists – Giant Leap – have put together a few pointers for companies on how to assist them in making their offices greener, whilst at the same time keeping their employees happy and productive.

  • Water-wise measures, such as dual flush toilets, waterless urinals, and moisture sensors in landscaping can help to cut a company’s water usage by up to 30%.
  • Using concrete slabs in the construction of an office building can lower a company’s energy consumption by as much as 25%, due to the slab being able to moderate temperature changes indoors, along with double glazing of glass windows and doors to increase insulation from the outdoor elements.
  • Sophisticated lighting enhancement systems can drive diffused light deep into the building while minimizing glare and heat gain. These systems typically provide enough illumination for 75 percent of employees to work by daylight alone, minimizing use of electric fixtures, reducing loads on heating and cooling equipment, and helping create a more comfortable, pleasant environment.
  • By using recycled materials in the construction of the building and being able to recycle as much building waste as possible, the building is able to keep its carbon footprint as small as possible..
  • A work environment where employees are able to see outdoors at all times, helps boost their moral and increase their daily productivity. Also assisted in this is having windows that employees can open and close at their own discretion so that fresh air is available at all time, making the building and the work environment a healthier place where employees are able to feel mentally and physically better and able to perform at higher levels.
  • If at all possible having office buildings within walking distance to public transport is another way that businesses can lower their overall carbon footprint by encouraging employees to leave their cars at home and use the public transport provided.

 For more information please visit www.giantleap.co.za

(Press release, July 2011

Visit our EnviroHealth section for more green tips.

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