If your business has yet to try environmental office solutions they may seem like an expensive undertaking. However, there are simple ways to reduce a company’s carbon footprint that save money and are locally conscious: the idea that being “sustainable” equals more expense is misleading. Equating the two could keep businesses from making a better overall decision.
Writing for the Huffington Post, Lance Hosey of design firm RTKL said the idea that sustainable design costs too much is a persistent myth. In fact, he cites studies from 2007 that show LEED projects to be as cost-effective as any other. In some cases, buildings made up to LEED standards will be less expensive than the standard market rate.
Jodi Smits Anderson, architect and Director of DASNY, referenced Hosey’s posts in a follow-up article on the website for the United States Green Building Council. She concurs that building sustainably doesn’t necessarily come with a higher price tag. As she puts it, most of the “greenest” solutions in a building are non-technological ones, reducing potential cost concerns.
“Start with understanding the free things, and how to access them effectively, and you’ve got a project,” she said. “There is also this same idea in an existing building. Identify what works and what exists that can be ‘tweaked’ for greater control of energy, better health of occupants, more durability and more beauty. Remember the strength in building on a good foundation.”
Drawing from new and used office furniture is another way to get the most from existing materials. Reused furniture, sourced from companies in the northern California area, takes the best parts of pieces and reprocesses them to fit a new environment. The results gives offices long-lasting satisfaction as well as a lower rate of waste.