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Sustainable Design

20 February, 2020

The construction industry is one of the largest users of resources and contributors to greenhouse gas emissions; with buildings and their construction making up 36% of global energy use and 39% of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

When it comes to incorporating sustainable and environmentally friendly design elements, there are several strategies, principles and materials to choose from.  Innovation has also heightened as designers look for creative applications for less-conventional design techniques.

Circular Economy Principles

In the UK alone, the construction industry accounts for approximately 60% of materials use and one third of all waste arisings, suggesting there is a great opportunity for circular economy principles to reduce waste and increase reuse of materials.

“A circular economy is one that is restorative and regenerative by design, and which aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times, distinguishing between technical and biological cycles” – Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

This practice looks to designers to use renewable energy, reduce embodied carbon over the building lifecycle, designing for resource efficiency and designing out waste, essentially; use less, share more, and ensure there is potential for reusing, repurposing or recycling.

It is one thing to pick a product or material based on its recognisable sustainable properties, yet it is another to have an understanding on its impact on the environment throughout its entire life cycle – from extraction, production, transportation and processing.

Office furniture is often treated as a short-term disposable item. ‘Fast furniture’ feeds instant gratification and seasonal trends, without the wait times. However, this convenient method sees an influx in waste due to poor and cheap manufacturing and materials.

Did you know refurbishing an office desk can save 1 tonne of CO2 and cost 30% less than a new one?

Investing and prioritising quality pieces allows for the possibility to refurbish items in the future. Recycling, upcycling and repurposing have become popular trends with designers creating ways to give older or disregarded items a new life. These practices can help minimise energy that would otherwise be used in the costs of manufacturing something new.

At Anchorpoint Interiors we are committed to environmental sustainability and will work closely with you to minimise your impact on the environment, ensuring you achieve the right selection of quality materials and furnishings whilst ensuring you achieve your aesthetic and budget goals.

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