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Reasons To Consider Green Design In Your Office Improvements

by Sheila Vasquez

Commercial tenant improvements can come in several varieties. Depending on what type of business you plan to operate in the space, you may need more or less extensive remodeling before you open for business.

When remodeling a commercial space into an office, you may need to make changes to break the space up in different ways, create individual offices and cubicles, ensure good lighting throughout, and so on. But as you plan the improvements, you should also think about what you can do to make the space, and your day-to-day use of the office, more eco-friendly.

Here are some reasons to consider green design while planning your office improvements.

1. Cost Cutting

While not all green design features cut costs, some can definitely do so. If you're interested in cutting costs, be sure to perform a return on investment (ROI) analysis before deciding which green design features to include.

Energy-efficient light bulbs, for example, could require an upfront investment but make that money back in a year or less by saving energy. It's all savings from then on out, which makes energy-efficient lighting a great choice to add to any renovation project.

2. Doing Your Part for the Earth

Sometimes, doing the right thing is its own reward. If you take pride in running a business that has principles, eco-friendly office improvements can be a great opportunity to exercise those principles by investing in the environment.

Using a commercial building for your office means you're contributing to the effects of commercial buildings on the Earth. These effects include the greenhouse gases produced, the electricity needed for heating, cooling, and lighting, the urban heat island effect, and more. Green renovations are a simple way to reduce these effects.

3. Modern, Streamlined Solutions

Green office design can help you signal that you care for the environment, but it can also improve your business image in other ways. For example, some eco-friendly designs are modern, minimalistic, and forward-thinking. These types of renovations could help you position your business to attract customers who care about quality and modern innovation.

4. Employee Morale

Having a clear set of business values (and sticking to them) doesn't just help like-minded customers find you. Your employees can also benefit from having a cause they can believe in, such as the cause of protecting the environment.

Some eco-friendly office renovations can help employee morale in other ways. For instance, daylighting (increasing the natural light in your office to reduce dependence on artificial lighting) gives employees more access to natural light. Increased natural light can be a great mood booster.

These are just a few of the reasons why you should consider green design as you plan commercial tenant improvements for your new office. For more information, get in touch with your local retail space construction contractor today.