Smart Design

Office space


In a typical office building, the cost of staff adds up to 92% of the 30-year lifecycle cost. Only 2% is the result of the initial building cost (the rest includes operational costs). That shows how small changes in staff productivity can greatly affect profitability.

Why Green Buildings Fatten Your Bottom Line
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
05/02/02

Focusing on Green

"Green" building design has evolved into a practical way to minimize environmental impact while helping companies control their operational and capital expenditures.

Thousands of projects across the U.S. have demonstrated that "green" or "sustainable" design doesn’t have to cost more than standard construction, and the payoff is remarkable in energy savings and waste reduction.

Principles of this type of smart design include:

  • Choosing low-impact construction materials that are non-toxic, recycled or sustainably produced using little energy for process
  • Using processes and products, such as HVAC systems, that use considerably less energy than standard models.
  • Opting for high-quality, longer-lasting, products that will have to be replaced less frequently
  • Standardizing modular parts that let products be repaired or upgraded, rather than replaced

Smart design means simply providing the best performance for the least cost, both economic and environmental.