Using space wisely

Using space wisely

Maureen Mahon believes that there are 5 office design trends that are worth paying attention to - her article in The Huffington Post describes the trends.

Introduction The technologies industry has changed the way we approach office design. The traditional office model - where executives inhabit the big corner offices and smaller spaces are carved out in proportion to employees’ status - is becoming a thing of the past. Executives now see themselves as part of a collaborative team. As start-ups develop products and applications to help the world run more efficiently, this consciousness is reflected in the way their spaces are designed. Sustainability, social responsibility and integrated technology are essential components to office design now and in the future.

Here’s a summary of her Top 5 office design trends:

1. Open Workspaces: Office walls are coming down in favor of a more community-centric approach to working.

2. Space Efficiency: With the high cost of real estate, businesses are opting for smaller office fronts, using every inch of space more efficiently.

3. Sustainability: Lowering our carbon footprint is a top priority when planning any new space. Recycled, renewable, toxin-free materials and energy efficiencies are not only good for the planet, they’re good for your company’s bottom line.

4. Social Responsibility: Another important component is learning where your stuff comes from.

5. Integrated Technology: Smart technology keeps energy costs down with fully-programmable lighting that uses only what you need when you need it, and automatically shuts off when the room is not in use. Automated thermal shades lower energy costs by keeping the room temperature consistent.

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The world is getting smaller - for business, that’s a good thing. Everyone benefits when we use our space wisely.

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