The planet can’t make ends meet if we deplete its resources every year. Therefore, as a population, we must rethink the way we live, move, dress, and above all, our way of producing and consuming, which is based on a linear, buy-and-throw away economy. And we also take this into account at AreaZero 2.0.
The idea behind sustainable architecture is to use environmentally friendly techniques and materials during the construction process, taking into account the site conditions, incorporating them into the design wherever possible, and trying to minimise the negative impact of buildings through efficient energy consumption and space development.
Consideration should also be given to design systems that make use of waste and reuse it as efficiently as possible.
The sustainable design of a company takes into account the resources to be used, as well as the water and energy consumption by the users themselves. The main objective is to reduce these environmental impacts and to commit to criteria for the implementation of energy efficiency in design and construction.
Ecology is not just another fashion or trend, it is a way of life that must be applied to our work, thus reducing the environmental impact of our sector on the planet.
The concept of sustainability goes beyond durability, because it implies a commitment to the environment. When designing an interior, it is necessary to consider the impact it will have and then make responsible decisions.
At AreaZero 2.0 we take into account a number of issues:
Choosing materials with a low environmental impact
It is very important to know how to choose the right materials, as they have a certain environmental impact. For example, if foreign materials are used, the carbon footprint will increase due to transportation, so we recommend the use of local materials whenever possible.
It is also necessary to be aware of the manufacturing process, in order to understand the environmental impact. One example is wood, which has a much lower impact than aluminium and leaves less waste.
Making the most of natural light
Natural light is something we try to make the most of in order to reduce the environmental impact and carbon footprint. It is also highly beneficial for the working environment:
- It reduces the feeling of tiredness.
- It influences workers’ moods: sunlight helps to lift the spirits, which is good for relationships between colleagues.
- It helps regulate the biological clock and helps you fall asleep.
An interior design that makes use of natural light means lower lighting and heating costs. However, the decision also has to take into account the possibilities for use and temperatures. It is not the same to design an interior in an oceanic climate zone as in a mountain or Mediterranean climate. The aim is to strike an energy balance.
The use of durable materials means that components are only renewed when necessary, thus reducing the environmental impact of all these changes.
Reuse also limits the environmental impact. There are now a multitude of recyclable materials that provide a good indoor effect.
Which recyclable materials are most commonly used?
Reuse offers endless opportunities. Depending on what we want to convey, almost any element can be used in an office interior.
Use of plants
The proven benefits of allowing people to connect with nature for their physical and psychological well-being has generated a whole field of possibilities in the design of work spaces. Recent studies have confirmed that not only do we like the natural environment, but we also actually need it, or at least a representation of it, if we are to work to the best of our abilities.
In addition, certain plants absorb pollution and regulate the environment, thus reducing the need to use humidifiers or external elements to modulate air quality.
In short, commitment to sustainable interior design requires a series of preliminary considerations. Being aware that the decisions taken have an impact on the environment means taking these variables into account when proposing a design.
At AreaZero 2.0 we create and design sustainable offices with Wellcertification, in other words, wellness spaces.