A Pathway to WELL Certification | Design With Purpose

ASID’s new headquarters is the first space to receive both the WELL Platinum and LEED Platinum certifications. It’s a space that’s on the cutting edge of modern workspace design, but also a space that’s restorative to people with minimal negative impact to the environment.

Read the full story here: Source: A Pathway to WELL Certification | Interface BlogInterface Blog | Design With Purpose

One-Of-A-Kind Space | FreshDIRTT Project #FD061217TSa

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DIRTT Connext 2017 is the best yet. When your inspiration connects with technology, everything is built better.

The newly redesigned  DIRTT’s Chicago Green Learning Center is absolutely exquisite. If you happened to be in Chicago for NeoCon 2017, please make sure to visit their showroom.

 

SOLUTIONS

DIRTT Timber Frame, DIRTT Millwork, Leaf™ Folding Wall system, pivot doors, combination walls, glass walls, solid walls

FINISHES

Back painted glass, clear tempered glass, powder coat, Chromacoat

 

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Sustainability | Can It Benefit The Bottom Line?

 

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As businesses shift to sustainable business practices, they are increasingly finding sustainability is not only altruistic, but leads the way in cutting wasteful spending and adopting practices that save the businesses money over time. Sustainability doesn’t just complement business, it informs it. It leads to smarter spending and working practices, as business as usual is being reinvented. 

Sustainability is a word that we hear quite a bit these days, especially in the corporate world as more companies incorporate sustainability practices into their businesses. But, as businesses struggle to find the balance between sustainability and profit, more and more are finding that in a changing world, sustainability leads to wise choices that influence the bottom-line in a positive way.

By reevaluating energy uses, redefining how we work, engaging in a more collaborative work space, incorporating telecommuting, Companies can actually reduce spending. Incorporating sustainability into the work place causes management to take inventory and reassess where their money goes and start to think — is there a better way? With practices like telecommuting reducing the carbon footprint and saving on water and power consumption, as well as helping employees find a work life balance, work and spending is redefined.

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Every business is different and business owners have to decide the sustainability practices that are most effective for their business and bottom line. Ultimately sustainability is about stability. When you think about it that way – sustainable stability – it’s about being smart and recognizing all the ways your company can work more efficiently through wise choices, allowing excess can be cut and people to facilitate one another’s needs more efficiently to insure the future of your business and the world at large.

Sustainability is a blend of the ethical responsibility and the bottom line. Each supports the other. So, it’s in everyone’s best interest. Though sustainability may be initiated through management, it’s through employees that it will find its success. Since they incorporate it into their daily lives and practices and can be instrumental in discussing and maintaining how these practices are implemented.

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Creativity can go a long way to making sustainability work for your business. Problem solving can be fun and interactive, however challenging it may first appear. Many companies have adopted a Green Team comprised of employees who help establish and implement environmental goals, while involving their peers, creating a positive environment and practices that become integrated into the corporate culture. While at first, green practices may seem cumbersome and encounter some resistance; these employees can invigorate and motivate their peers. No one starts at the finish line; the important thing is to start the process toward long term goals. It’s up to each business to establish its own pathway.

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Biophilic Design | Bringing Nature into The Office

 

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 “The relationships between nature, human biology and the design of the built environment.” 

 

Bill Browning’s 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design

Biophilia, not a new concept, has been gaining a lot of traction among proponents of sustainable design. The premise behind the biophilic design is to incorporate aspects of nature into products and built environments to enhance our health, well-being, and productivity.

 

What is Biophilia and Biophilic Design?

 

Biophilia suggests that there is a natural bond between human beings and other living systems. Biophilic Design takes that bond and aims to bring it into spaces where there is a separation between humans and nature. How can you bring that alliance into your office space? We all at some point have worked in a barren office space with no windows, filled with fluorescent light and no living plants in sight. In this article, we want to bring you some ideas that could help you in creating an office space that will help you connect with nature and enjoy your work experience

 

Let’s take a look at 3 ideas that you can implement:

 

 1. ADD A LIVING WALL

Sometimes bringing natural light through regular windows might not be possible but a skylight might help you bring the illusion of nature into your space. There is a company called Skyfactory that provides affordable ceiling and wall installations.

Choose soft furnishings, like the one shown above by Kimball Office, with patterns inspired by nature. Incorporate more diverse colours and textures and tone when selecting carpets, rugs, wallpaper and wall paint. Interface flooring is one company that is currently offering some terrific options to help you create a nature-inspired space.

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Living plants are always a great way to bring nature inside your office. Not only do they provide a natural element to the environment and enhance the aesthetic value of the office, interior plants can also provide sound absorption, have air filtering qualities, absorb toxins in the atmosphere and can improve humidity. One company you need to check out is DIRTT Walls. They provide beautiful living wall solutions.

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 2. BUILD A SKYVIEW

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 3. UPDATE YOUR FURNITURE AND INTERIOR MATERIAL ELEMENTS

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To read more about Biophilic design, we have compiled some good resources for you:

 

Terrapin Bright Green

Human Scapes

Interface Blog

 

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Photo by Interface 

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Photo by Kimbal Office

 

Sustainability | Being Green Everyday is So Easy.

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We love our electronics but computers, printers, and other office equipment can consume loads of energy, and can definitely expand the footprint of our workplace. To cut down on your energy usage take a moment or two to adjust your computer’s settings to optimize battery usage and hibernate after a period of inactivity. Also, installing power strips and flipping the switch off when items are not in use will avoid vampire power. #EarthDay2016 #BeingGreen

It is so easy!

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Explore more visuals like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

Sustainability Has A Direct Effect On Your Employees

It turns out that the benefits for companies that embrace sustainability go beyond energy efficiency, risk mitigation, opportunity for innovation and corporate social responsibility. Sustainability has a direct effect on your employees.

According to Ante Glavas, Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, “People who work for green companies have a pride-in-ownership mentality and are happier and more productive.”

THREE WAYS TO MAKE YOUR SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS MORE MEANINGFUL

 

1. Link Sustainability to Employee Engagement
Higher productivity is certainly a no-brainer for any CEO, no matter what the industry. Based on its own findings, Gallup calls employee engagement “a leading indicator of financial performance.” The same research demonstrated that engaged organizations have 3.9 times the earnings per share growth rate compared to organizations with lower engagement in the same industry.”

Furthermore, pride-in-ownership is not simply about smiling employees showing up for work every day; more critical to the bottom line, pride-in-ownership could lead to greater employee retention, resulting in cost savings from lower turnover.

2. Show Your Commitment to Nourish Both Health & Planet

Food tops the agenda for many people concerned with our environment, health, and communities. This is where concern about the rising obesity epidemic in the U.S. comes together with the global recognition that the food we grow consumes 70 percent of the planet’s available fresh water, affects more than half its habitable land and influences the livelihood of about a billion people. Food served on site, at meetings, and in a company’s products is a highly visible opportunity that every organization has to show they care about health and the environment. Food also provides an opportunity to engage the workforce in whatever sustainability issues matter to you – climate change, waste, water supply, healthy living, etc. Companies that do this best have a multi-dimensional approach.

3. Go Beyond Your Boundaries to Address What Matters Most

Often our greatest impacts lie outside the boundaries of our own businesses. Sustainability requires collaboration within our own organizations and throughout the supply chain. Just look at the way companies are now accounting for climate impacts. Traditionally, companies have measured emissions from their own energy production and purchase. However, the world has recognized a growing need for a more complete picture. This has never been more important, given the recently released numbers by the Global Carbon Project, which shows that 2010 brought the biggest jump on record for global carbon emissions – an increase of 5.9 percent according to coverage by the New York.

Sustainability contains opportunities to motivate employees, reach new customers, innovate business models, improve financial bottom lines, and feel good about the contribution to improving the world.

 

7 iPad Apps for Architects and General Contractors: National Architect Week, Day 5

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During National Architect Week, we wanted to take a look at how digital technology is helping the industry go paperless. Although still in its infancy, tablets and compatible applications for the day-to-day work of architects and contractors, are growing.

Ryan Sutton-Gee, CEO of PlanGrid, noted in this TechCrunch article that the tablet is basically the first computer that is truly usable in the field. As a result apps are already starting to be rapidly adopted allowing construction companies to:

  • Say goodbye to blueprints
  • Improve analytics to manage team efficiency in the field
  • Improve communication between the construction team and architect

 

Below are 7 iPad apps useful for both architects and general contractors interested in transitioning to a paperless workflow.

  • AutoCAD© WS – View and edit DWG files wherever you are on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android smartphone or tablet with a powerful set of mobile design tools.
  • Bentley Navigator for the iPad – Gives a 360-degree view of 3-D design models. Using iPad’s motion sensors and touch screens, you will not only get panoramic views but also get object properties. For example, you can determine the thickness of the pipe, or its paint color, or the pressure rating.
  • PlanGrid – Store, view, manage and share your blueprints on the iPad.
  • Procore for iPhone and iPad – Includes a punch list tool, photos and daily log.
  • TOTAL for iPad (formerly DaVinci) – The first field app for appraisers on the iPad. Filling out onsite inspection forms is done with a few taps of your finger, and every data gathering screen is completely customizable to fit individual workflow.
  • Construction Punchlist for iPad – Stores plans on the iPad, annotates plans with the touch of a finger, and automatically generates site visit reports and emails reports on the fly.
  • OnSite PlanRoom for iPad – Review and share plans and construction documents, all from the convenience of your iPad.

 

    Do you have any favorite apps that help you do your job as an architect or contractor? 

    DESIGN CONNECTS – Don’t forget to visit the AIA website for more information about how you can participate in National Architecture Week .

Iconic Olympic Buildings Beginning as Early as 776 B.C. [INFOGRAPHIC]

 

With a strong focus on reusable and adaptable structures for the 2012 London Olympics, the lineup includes renowned architecture firms such as Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Hopkins Architects, Populous and Zaha Hadid Architects. But where did it all start?

The great infographic below, developed by ArchDaily, shows some of the iconic buildings of the Olympics from 776 B.C. until today!

Be sure to check out the ArchDaily’s dedicated page for the 2012 London Olympics. It includes time lapse videos showing construction of many of the now famous structures, interviews with key architects and designers, the Olympic Park replica made from LEGOs, and much, much more.