Planning Ahead: Environmentally Friendly Structures For Your Business

September 19, 2021

It’s important to plan when you’re designing a building for your business. You should be thinking about making the structure eco-friendly and sustainable, not just aesthetically pleasing or functional. We will explore 5 ideas that you can use to create an environmentally friendly design for your business.

Green Roofs

Green roofs are a great way to make your business eco-friendly. They can be used for outdoor and indoor organic elements, including grass or flower gardens that attract bees and butterflies. However, if you’re unsure what kind of green roof would work best in your building, it’s better to go with an open-air green roof. It’s more commonly used and is a great option for the average company or business because it doesn’t require much upkeep.

When considering a green roof or any other type of structure, it’s ideal to work with someone who specializes in structural engineering to ensure that everything you need for the roof or any other eco-friendly building installments can be supported.

Solar Panels

Many people don’t think about installing solar panels on the roofs of their businesses. However, it’s a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and make use of one of the most abundant resources that we have: sunlight. If you live in an area where there are more daylight hours than darkness every day, you should consider adding solar panels to your roof. This could increase the value of your property and provide a steady stream of energy for years to come that doesn’t cost anything other than installation.

Sustainable Materials

It’s important to use sustainable materials in your construction. This doesn’t just apply to new buildings, but renovations as well. Try using reclaimed wood or recycled glass for the interior walls of your business. If you’re building from the ground up, make sure that all lumber is FSC certified. This means that it was harvested from a forest where the environmental impact has been minimized.

Indoor Gardens

Many businesses are adding indoor gardens to their building. A hydroponic system can take these or even just soil and sunlight through the windows. This is great for offices with many people working inside who don’t get much access to fresh air throughout the day. Plants also help clean the air that people breathe in to improve overall health and wellbeing inside your business.

Living Walls

Living walls are basically indoor gardens that go vertically rather than horizontally. This allows you to cover more area without taking up too much space on the ground floor of your business. They can be specially designed and include various plants, from vines to mosses, depending on what is most appropriate for your needs.

These are just five ideas that you can implement today for an eco-friendly business structure. There are many more options out there, and it’s important to research so that the decision is ultimately up to you. If you have any questions about making your business more eco-friendly, feel free to contact us.

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