Decide on your location (test block per design)

  • Once you've built up a shortlist of possible sites, compare them with your specification built up from the actions above. And there are still a few details to consider.

    • Follow the proper procedures to dispose of hazardous materials
    • (with the paper trail to prove it)
    • Prove you have a proper recycling policy in place
    • Put a proper Environmental Management System (EMS) in place
    • Use only FSC certified wood
    • Fit out made CarbonNeutral
  • Ensure environmental best practice on site

    • Manage stripped out materials, to divert waste from landfills
      • Donate unwanted furniture, computers and appliances to charity
      • Recycle plasterboard, carpet and other materials
      • Separate waste
    • Follow the proper procedures to dispose of hazardous materials
    • (with the paper trail to prove it)
    • Prove you have a proper recycling policy in place
    • Put a proper Environmental Management System (EMS) in place
    • Use only FSC certified wood
    • Fit out made CarbonNeutral
    • Set targets for energy, carbon and water use on site

After you've moved in

  • Talk to your people

    • Get feedback from your staff on your new office
    • Communicate clearly about your ongoing sustainable goals and objectives
      • Design presentations
      • Project extranet
      • Notice boards and company newsletters
      • Training on how to use all the systems (lights, heating and air, etc.)
  • Make recycling part of everyday life

    • Set up lots of convenient recycle bins for staff
    • Have separate recycle bins for paper, electronics, batteries, plastics, etc.
    • Make the case for a 'paperless' office, encouraging electronic archiving instead
    • Set clear policies on shutting down computers, copiers and appliances out-of-hours
  • Make ongoing plans for the future

    • Educate your staff on environmental issues, to get them personally involved
    • Re-assess all your systems at the end of the first year
    • Plan to run an energy audit every year
    • Put procedures in place for monitoring your energy use

Choosing a sustainable design and fit out contractor

  • What environmental credentials do they have?

    • ISO 14001 Certified (evidence provided)
    • Company Environmental Policy (evidence provided)
    • Company Environmental Management System - EMS (evidence provided)
    • BREEAM assessors in-house
    • LEED accredited professionals in-house
    • Member of FTSE4Good
    • Environmental management team in-house (not subcontracted)
    • Environmental good practice on site
      • Do they have a documented system for separating, managing and recycling waste on site?
  • What services are included, or on offer?

    • BREEAM assessments
    • LEED assessments
    • Building assessments for sustainability
    • Can they supply FSC certified timber through their supply chain?
    • Advice on Enhanced Capital Allowances
    • In-house sustainability / environmental experts
    • Sourcing and procuring sustainable materials, furniture and fittings
    • Environmental compliance on site
    • Project extranet for project communication
    • Electronic surveys for your staff
    • CarbonNeutral fit outs
    • Do they have a track record of sustainable projects?
      Do they have case studies that show successful energy reduction?