Six steps to creating a sustainable workplace
At Dthree Studio, we are committed to ensuring that sustainability is a top priority through all aspects of our office design and build process. As a result of the pandemic, we are even more focused on ensuring that every possible step and measure is taken to create a workplace that fully supports and promotes our clients employee wellbeing.
We have helped many clients realise their sustainability aspirations in buildings, which in turn have been awarded BREEAM Outstanding, SKA Gold, and LEED Gold assessment ratings and certifications.
As part of our design process, we create a step-by-step plan to help your organisation create a more environmentally friendly workplace and source the most sustainable materials.
Below are six key steps we will consider, to ensure your workplace supports your commitment to sustainability:
1. Well Certified
WELL is the leading tool for advancing health and well-being in buildings globally. The pillars of WELL are rooted in our design ethos and can be directly incorporated into our design layout. We are proud to say that all of Dthree’s designers are in the process of becoming WELL Accredited Professionals.
2. Toilet Twinning
One in three people on the planet still lack asafe, clean toilet. Our charity partner Toilet Twinning invites people to twin their WCs witha latrine overseas. Our clients have sponsored the build of safe facilities in Bangladesh, Malawi, Zimbabwe and many more of the poorest communities across the globe. We ask (and encourage) our clients to “twin” aspects of their projects such as toilets, boardrooms or breakout areas so that sanitary latrines, classrooms and even school kitchen facilities can be built where they are most needed.
Part of designing a successful environment requires consideration for every function and behaviour within your team, and in turn providing, an appropriate material response. For all suggestions we will consider cleanability, resilience and practicality. Dthree partners with several contractors who focus on minimising waste, responsible disposal and who use recycled materials within their specification.
4. Fabrics and Joinery
Longevity is a core element of sustainability. At Dthree, we will ensure that the fabric used in your office space is both durable and long-lasting. Many of the materials we specify hold naturally anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. Elements such as timber, specifically pine and oak, eliminate around 99% of all potential contaminants. Woollen fibres are naturally water and soil resistant, with a surface layer that is less attractive for microbes which make them perfect for heavy traffic spaces such as meeting room furniture and breakout areas.
Tribe Furniture, our in-house furniture supplier, advise and guide clients to use the most sustainable furniture that is also durable, modular, and is selected due to its performance and low carbon footprint during the manufacturing process.
The Forest Stewardship Council system allows businesses and consumers to identify, purchase and use wood, paper, and other forest products made with materials from well-managed forests or recycled sources.