Making interior design more sustainable through better concept design


Sustainability is considered in the design of almost everything today and the focus on workplace interiors is increasing because of the significant part that workplaces play in modern life. Workplace interior designs that aim to achieve sustainability often focus on things like…

Schemes like these are increasingly successful in achieving their aim of minimising environmental impact but there are often other requirements such as budget and availability of skilled workers in the locale that limit the ability of the design team to implement these measures as fully as they may wish.
Is it possible that there is an opportunity at the concept design stage of workplace interiors to make a bigger difference by incorporating a sustainable approach right from the start?

By planning and organising workplaces in a way that minimises environmental impact a design team may be able to establish far reaching sustainability credentials before tackling the details such as materials and construction techniques. Here are some ideas for integrating sustainable design thinking into the early design activities…

Get user buy-in to concept design decisions:
Involve user representatives in the design process as early as possible and keep them involved. Interactive workshops, mock-ups, simulations and other techniques help to engage people in the process. Users will treat workplaces with more respect if they feel that they took part in the design process. In turn, less maintenance will be required and the useful life of the space will be extended.

Employ a truly iterative design process to get it right first time:
Follow an iterative process to identify all potential issues, avoiding modifications that might otherwise be required during or after the implementation stage. Using interactive 2D models and 3D visualisations (even low fidelity ones), can be a great way of getting all of the stakeholders to first understand and then to think carefully about the design to identify any pitfalls. Disruption and costs associated with changes that occur at or after implementation can be very difficult for a business to cope with in addition to the existing pressures of moving to a new or refurbished workplace. So a very thorough design process to prevent problems of this nature can be a very worthwhile investment.

Develop a layout design that uses space as effectively as possible:
Arrange rooms, furniture and equipment so that the best compromise is made between the competing requirements for access, circulation, informal work areas, etc. Lo-fi modelling of footfall and movement through spaces can be a good way of visualising where the priorities lie when there are several circulation routes needed. Also consider what changes might occur over time. For instance, consider how work tasks may vary and in what way staff working patterns may alter. Using interactive 2D models can be a good way of testing how well the space will cope with future changes. Make a sustained effort to build in extra capacity for expansion in the areas where it is most likely to be of use. Workplaces with built in expansion space are more resilient to change and easier to modify 
incrementally, when the business need arises.

Plan for flexible for use of space and resources:
Gain an in-depth understanding of how spaces in the workplace will be used initially and could be used in the future. Often, the most effective way of getting the full picture is to interview both management and staff so that all the different perspectives are considered. Use the information that has been gathered to create opportunities for flexible use of space and resources such as informal areas, video conferencing facilities and meeting spaces. Technological advancements mean that the nature of the workplace is changing rapidly and spaces that can be used in a variety of ways facilitate different methods of working without the need for significant changes.

Design the environment to keep users comfortable at all times:
Consider environment design carefully to create workplaces that have a positive influence on the health and wellbeing of the people who use them. Ask the users how they will use each area in their workplace; what tasks they will carry out in them, what times of day they will use them and how long for, and ask them what their expectations are for the interior design. Create places that are warm and dry with sufficient natural daylight, fresh air and sound insulation and include some private, relaxing spaces and even facilities for exercise. People spend a lot of their time in their workplaces and good environment design will help them to be as productive as possible as well as making them feel satisfied with their workplace. If staff comfort is well considered in a workplace then the staff turnover rate is more likely to be low, reducing potential costs to businesses and crucially making them more sustainable.

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DESIGN AND THE HUMAN FACTOR: Making interior design more sustainable through better concept design

Friday, 5 October 2012

Making interior design more sustainable through better concept design


Sustainability is considered in the design of almost everything today and the focus on workplace interiors is increasing because of the significant part that workplaces play in modern life. Workplace interior designs that aim to achieve sustainability often focus on things like…
  • using local materials in conjunction with local construction and manufacturing skills
  • selecting materials that have a low impact on the environment
  • re-purposing or re-using materials and products
  • specifying appliances and devices that minimise energy consumption

Schemes like these are increasingly successful in achieving their aim of minimising environmental impact but there are often other requirements such as budget and availability of skilled workers in the locale that limit the ability of the design team to implement these measures as fully as they may wish.
Is it possible that there is an opportunity at the concept design stage of workplace interiors to make a bigger difference by incorporating a sustainable approach right from the start?

By planning and organising workplaces in a way that minimises environmental impact a design team may be able to establish far reaching sustainability credentials before tackling the details such as materials and construction techniques. Here are some ideas for integrating sustainable design thinking into the early design activities…

Get user buy-in to concept design decisions:
Involve user representatives in the design process as early as possible and keep them involved. Interactive workshops, mock-ups, simulations and other techniques help to engage people in the process. Users will treat workplaces with more respect if they feel that they took part in the design process. In turn, less maintenance will be required and the useful life of the space will be extended.

Employ a truly iterative design process to get it right first time:
Follow an iterative process to identify all potential issues, avoiding modifications that might otherwise be required during or after the implementation stage. Using interactive 2D models and 3D visualisations (even low fidelity ones), can be a great way of getting all of the stakeholders to first understand and then to think carefully about the design to identify any pitfalls. Disruption and costs associated with changes that occur at or after implementation can be very difficult for a business to cope with in addition to the existing pressures of moving to a new or refurbished workplace. So a very thorough design process to prevent problems of this nature can be a very worthwhile investment.

Develop a layout design that uses space as effectively as possible:
Arrange rooms, furniture and equipment so that the best compromise is made between the competing requirements for access, circulation, informal work areas, etc. Lo-fi modelling of footfall and movement through spaces can be a good way of visualising where the priorities lie when there are several circulation routes needed. Also consider what changes might occur over time. For instance, consider how work tasks may vary and in what way staff working patterns may alter. Using interactive 2D models can be a good way of testing how well the space will cope with future changes. Make a sustained effort to build in extra capacity for expansion in the areas where it is most likely to be of use. Workplaces with built in expansion space are more resilient to change and easier to modify 
incrementally, when the business need arises.

Plan for flexible for use of space and resources:
Gain an in-depth understanding of how spaces in the workplace will be used initially and could be used in the future. Often, the most effective way of getting the full picture is to interview both management and staff so that all the different perspectives are considered. Use the information that has been gathered to create opportunities for flexible use of space and resources such as informal areas, video conferencing facilities and meeting spaces. Technological advancements mean that the nature of the workplace is changing rapidly and spaces that can be used in a variety of ways facilitate different methods of working without the need for significant changes.

Design the environment to keep users comfortable at all times:
Consider environment design carefully to create workplaces that have a positive influence on the health and wellbeing of the people who use them. Ask the users how they will use each area in their workplace; what tasks they will carry out in them, what times of day they will use them and how long for, and ask them what their expectations are for the interior design. Create places that are warm and dry with sufficient natural daylight, fresh air and sound insulation and include some private, relaxing spaces and even facilities for exercise. People spend a lot of their time in their workplaces and good environment design will help them to be as productive as possible as well as making them feel satisfied with their workplace. If staff comfort is well considered in a workplace then the staff turnover rate is more likely to be low, reducing potential costs to businesses and crucially making them more sustainable.

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8 November 2012 at 01:49  
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8 November 2012 at 13:35  
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