Three thoughts from a top leader in the state: Pradeep Kapoor is the director of sustainable design and a partner at DMR Architects.
We asked Pradeep to give us three ways to create a more sustainable business.
Have a plan: Businesses that are considering a move or expansion should recruit a knowledgeable professional to help create a sustainable design that incorporates sustainable strategies and sets the short- and long-term sustainable goals for the business. The real estate mantra “location, location, location” must be considered before finalizing the new location. Things such as the proximity to public transportation or access to public or green spaces are critical for sustainable goals.
Look for easy fixes first: There are relatively easy fixes a company could implement to become a more sustainable business, such as installing energy-efficient lighting and motion sensors in public spaces, including bathrooms and hallways, as well as using water-efficient plants for landscaping. Getting an energy analysis of utilities to see where one can make changes to conserve energy is a good starting point. You can cut down on your energy usage, save money and make a big impact on the environment.
Be environmentally friendly: Use environmentally friendly materials that minimize the impact of harm to the ecosystem wherever possible. This will allow you to save some money on your project. Consider reusing recycled materials that are available locally or materials with higher recycled content, refurbishing furniture and using building products made of rapidly renewable materials.