Top Ideas to Build a Greener Office Building

Posted by: George, on 22/06/2013

In the last few years, society’s call for a cleaner environment and a reduced industrial pollution has spurred the emergence of new types of occupational spaces, one of which is the green office. To build an environmentally sustainable office – same thing as a green office – you should pay attention to a few things. You should also hire specialists of all occupational walks, from environmental consultants and architects to interior designers, and people adept at office removals and office packing.

Cleaning out (and Disposing of) Concrete
Don’t think that concrete is simply rock, water and cement. Depending on your office needs and the environment, a mishmash of chemicals gets added to concrete mixes. Talk to Sydney’s health department officials to learn more about chemicals and those that are on the “red list.” I suggest you use toxin-free concrete, which is environmentally efficient because it lessens things like fly ash quotient and CO2 emissions.

Picking out PVC
Get rid of polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, from your building’s plumbing infrastructure. Instead, use high-density polyethylene, or HDPE, which is chemically sustainable thanks to the lower chlorination level leaving HDPE with no dioxin problem.

Cleaning out Formaldehyde
Cleaning out formaldehyde may be difficult because the compound seems to be ubiquitous in the building industry. But you can use phenol formaldehyde, which is less hazardous than the traditional, pure formaldehyde and emits fewer particles in the air over time.

Getting Rid of Neoprene
Neoprene – or “chlorinated rubber,” as the scientific term goes – is a dioxin that the U.S. Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention believes may cause cancer. Neoprene is used for gasket coupling and sound insulation, important elements in a building’s structural integrity. To reduce your neoprene utilization, consider alternatives like synthetic rubber, which provides the same benefits as neoprene yet poses lower health hazards. Synthetic rubber often goes by the scientific name of ethylene propylene diene monomer, or EPDM.

Flexing Innovative Muscles – and Chemical Creativity
Work with chemists and building engineers to find solutions to problems that haven’t surfaced on the market yet. The idea here is not to expect that all issues you face when building a greener office would have “turnkey” solutions, the kind of answers you see in a typical Frequently Asked Questions section.

Adopting a Lead-Free Mentality
Use lead-free paint and make sure the paint type adheres to the City of Sydney’s public health regulations. But don’t forget to also take care of lead in brass and bronze plumbing systems. I suggest you get a system that is entirely lead-free, even when it comes to the wastewater pipes.

Building – and maintaining, for that matter – an environmentally sustainable office building is no easy feat. But doing your homework in advance, talking to the right people and applying a few techniques can help you plant the seeds of a greener, more liveable and more ergonomic office environment. These techniques include picking out PVC, seeking an environment devoid of lead, getting rid of neoprene and cleaning out formaldehyde.

For more information, check the program highlights of the Green Building Day, which will be held on 24th July in Sydney.


By George B (follow me on Google)