There has been a surge in the homebuyer and commercial real estate market in recent years for fixer-upper properties. This trend has largely been driven by upwardly mobile millennials. In a survey released by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, 77% of those surveyed preferred a ‘purposeful home’ where they could make their own mark with upgrades in technology and design. This is very indicative of a generation interested in busting out of traditional roles and making a statement. Reclaimed materials transfer this message well forward into the work ethic and the tech startup culture millennials imbibe as they make their way up the corporate ladder.
Increasing productivity by bringing nature into the office environment is part of the new workspace design ethos. Workstations that overlook garden courtyards, reception areas that feature wall aquariums, conference rooms with planted living walls… all of these things impart a sense of connection with nature and life beyond the confinement of the office. An office plan that incorporates the outdoors into a comfortable place to work with plenty of natural light, warm colors, comfortable places to sit or gather for meetings with comfortable chairs are all conspiring to increase productivity in the office work environment.
Green design has found it’s way from the corporate sector to the private sector on many levels. A renovation is where it currently resides as a force of nature. As companies begin to hire again and grow, they are also looking to save some green in the process. Redesigning an existing space with more ergonomic and green technology is the path many choose and LEED design is a key player.
Buildings have a significant environmental footprint. Inhabiting a building as a worker has a considerable impact on your well-being. Your company’s building affects the quality of the air you breathe, the lighting in your visual environment and the overall comfort and ergonomics of the tools you use in your office.
Here is a key fact: In the United States, over 100 million buildings utilize 76% of the national electrical grid and account for almost half of the US emission of greenhouse gasses. Studies are showing that buildings have the potential to significantly impact the health of the people who live and work in them.