Four years ago, Google decided to create an innovation lab known as Google X — the X is intended to serve as “a placeholder to be filled in later,” Phys.org, an online news publication on science and technology explained. The purpose of this facility is to create a work environment that encourages experimentation and research, without worrying about the repercussions of failure.

Although the original intent of creating Google X has faded because computer scientist Sebastian Thrun left Google to work with a startup looking to improve online teaching courses, co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page decided to keep the lab alive. Not many of Google X’s projects are tested in public, but the ones that are have great potential.

Examples of Google X “graduates” include the driverless cars the company recently released and Google Glass — the wearable that is intended to simplify daily tasks like taking photographs, setting reminders and sending emails.

Now Google can add Flux to that list of graduates, fundraising $8 million from Series A financing. Flux is a program that is intended to transform the construction industry, using data to design more sustainable skyscrapers in the near future, according to Flux’s press release.

“We simply cannot continue building the way we have, DFJ Ventures Partner Steve Jurvetson said in the news release. “We need to leverage new technologies, massive data sets, and new processes to increase productivity, scale the scope of design, and improve the places where we live and work. The Flux team is a perfect example, with a powerful mission unlike any that I have ever seen.”

The problem at hand is that construction companies aren’t building with sustainability in mind. The United States emits a large portion of greenhouse gases and 48 percent of the problem is from buildings alone, according to Michelle Kaufmann, leading architect and Flux co-founder. Transportation, commonly known as a huge cause of greenhouse gases, accounts for 27 percent.

“It’s insane how antiquated the current building process is,” Kaufmann said. In Flux’s announcement about raising $8 million, Kaufmann added that many buildings waste energy “due to inadequate design, antiquated technology, and poor construction quality.”

If you’re looking to play with the Flux program, you’ll have to wait until 2015 when it goes public. However, there are other ways to achieve a greener office without building  a new space from scratch.

Instead, why not try to fill your business’ space with quality products, reducing the amount of resources spent on furniture? Many of today’s furnishings are built with cheap, raw products, forcing us to buy furniture over and over again.

At Quality Office Liquidations, our inventory of pre-owned quality office furniture can help business owners work their way to achieve a more eco-friendly commercial space. . Many of these pieces were built with high-quality materials, maximizing the life cycle of every individual item.