In the architecture and construction industry, leaders are stressing the importance of sustainable design, citing LEED or IFLI’s Living Communities certification initiatives to begin planning such a project. Even though the number of LEED-certified buildings continues to grow, it isn’t enough to restore aging structures and reduce the reliance on fossil fuels and other raw materials, Research and Development Magazine explained.

“Over the past decade, it has become readily apparent that the global environment is increasingly sensitive to human activity,” Research and Development contributor Tim Studt wrote. “The effects of global warming, increasing energy costs, dramatic climate changes and shortages of raw materials, potable water and food strain the global community.”

Despite the rise in sustainable construction, it appears that many communities aren’t able to make a significant impact to reduce the  amount of greenhouse gases or overall waste. This could be due to the fact that many projects don’t consider the long-term usage of utilizing some green recycling tools, while other sites take longer than usual.

Denmark, for example, is considered an international leader in sustainable design and development. Although the nation has been working on decreasing waste since the 1970s during the first global energy crisis, Denmark’s Minister for the Environment Kirsten Brosbol noted during a panel discussion at the Clean Enviro Summit Singapore that certain policy changes made progress possible:

  • Regulations: Nowadays, there are many eco-friendly certification programs available to company leaders. Businesses that are leveraging sustainable design will need to do research on which plan works best for them. Whether it be LEED or IFLI, the goals from either organization should provide feasible adjustments.
    Incentive-oriented policies: Governments that are supportive of eco-friendly initiatives offer these programs to encourage participation . EcoDistricts leader Rob Bennett recommends considering disruptive innovations like bike or car sharing when building a space.
  • Planning: This is obvious for every construction plan, but these developments don’t occur overnight. IFLI’s Jason McLennan explained to GreenBiz that companies need to see what works for them, whether that be building a new space altogether or retrofitting.

Businesses that are looking for a green office solution should consider Energy Star efficient appliances, motion sensor lighting systems and purchasing pre-owned business furniture. Unlike brand new pieces, pre-owned furnishings are already assembled and have been previously vetted and deemed suitable for long-term use.

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