Denver Office Furniture Can Be Green, Sustainable, and Comfortable
Written by: Allison MayorPosted on: June 05, 2014
Offices are working hard to cut on their energy bills and supplies budget. However, if workplace comfort is sacrificed, productivity suffers, and in the end, the savings are just not worth it.
Office managers have to start thinking less of achieving LEED status and more of creating a truly conducive work environment. This is the recommendation from various authorities on building design, alluding to the increase in demand for a better workplace with workers’ comfort in mind. However, design is just one aspect of better building strategies to enhance workplace efficiency and workers’ satisfaction.
While the rating system of the Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) sets the standard for greener buildings, something basic to any workers’ heart needs just as much attention. What good is a LEED-compliant office if the chairs could use better designs for back comfort? Workplace comfort and turnover rate have an indirect—and linear relationship. Discomfort leads to pain, which, in turn, leads to loss of focus and low productivity—and in the end, concludes in job termination or resignation.
Design and building experts, in fact, agree on this relationship. Angela Loder, adjunct professor at the University of Denver, says that quality of materials form one of three key components in green building research. This not only refers to office furnishings emitting volatile organic compounds (VOCs), but also those that break after a few twists and turns.
It is known that hazardous substances lead to a rise in asthma cases. But bad materials are also bad for everyone because it impairs "the ability to make complicated decisions, to focus, and to problem solve."
Mahesh Ramanujam, U.S. Green Building Council COO, also agrees. While achieving LEED status takes key attention to detail, it's not "rocket science."
"There is no deep mystery about how to create healthier spaces," he told a recent green building conference in Beijing. "But it does require diligence and attention to detail: the key components of healthy space have everything to do with creating space not for itself, but for people."
Therefore, as office manager, you only want what your employees want. Denver office furniture, for instance, has taken steps to design sustainable furniture, such as Haworth's award-winning Zody task chairs. Made with 51 percent recycled content, the Zody features a patented lumbar and pelvic support system, which was designed based on physical therapy research.
Aiming for higher LEED certifications require a heftier budget, and is an admirable goal for any business to try for, but not at the expense of discounting worthy investments on ergonomically designed office furniture from Denver, Colorado or other “green” furniture dealers, such as Pear Workplace Solutions. You can have a workplace aligned with nature’s principles, both in space and furnishings, all for the benefit of your workers and the environment.
(Source: "Healthy buildings: why workers are demanding sustainable offices," The Guardian, May 29, 2014)