green

Creating a ‘green’ environment is becoming more and more common as company and individual awareness increases on the topic. There is no real one way to create a green environment but rather many steps that you can adhere to to move in the green direction. Any step is a good one and levels vary greatly from minor to significant changes depending on how far you wish to go.

Most commercial building suppliers have created a product or a range of products that have been approved by the Good Environmental Choice Australia or GECA as it is referred to. Simply by including these materials in your commercial refurbishment or office fitout project you are helping in the reduction of environmental harm.

It is generally worth noting that green accredited materials do add slight cost increases to your fitout project so often it is dependant on the associated budget as to how much green product is incorporated into your design.  Some items are very similar in cost and Clockwork Projects pushes to include these such items into your project where possible.

As a tenant your fitout is governed by the building owner’s fitout guidelines. If a building owner is trying to either achieve a green star rating or increase one already allocated to the building you will have no choice but to adhere to these guidelines which incorporates many measures from perimeter sensored lighting, Lo Voc (Volatile Organic Compounds) paint, no PVC based material to sensored tap ware and so on.

Clockwork Projects does promote green accredited materials that help prevent damage to the environment and praises those suppliers who have taken these much needed steps and intuition to create environmentally friendly product(s). It is these small steps that help to ensure that we continue to pass on a clean and green environment for the future generations to come.

A comprehensive list of accredited materials, info and best practices can be found on the following;

www.ecospecifier.org
www.geca.org.au
www.gbca.org.au

For more information on how you can reduce your carbon footprint on our planet through office fitout practices please contact Clockwork Projects and speak to a consultant.