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How to design an office for the climate emergency

World leaders have come together over the last two weeks at COP26 to discuss the climate emergency. In this blog post, we look at how smart design can help offices to adapt to deal with the effects of climate change.

Wait a minute, what’s COP26?

COP26 is the United Nations’ annual climate change conference. It brings together more than 190 world leaders to accelerate action to tackle climate change. The conference runs until 12 November and we’ve already seen progress being made. But sadly ‘fixing’ climate change will take many years and leaders warn that we’ll all have to adapt to live with its effects.

What are the effects of climate change?

The effects of climate change are not going to go away overnight. That means we’ll see an increase in the number and severity of extreme weather events such as heatwaves and flooding.

Now, we know that in the UK office workers spend most of their time trying to keep the heat in. But even here, temperatures are rising. In fact, 2020 was one of the hottest summers on record. With staff starting to return to of the office following the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever that we look at how we can use office design to safeguard our employees and provide a comfortable and productive working environment.

Comfortable office design

How do we design for the climate emergency?

Start simple

Designing your office for the climate emergency doesn’t have to be complex. Just a few simple changes can help to lower temperatures:

Be flexible

To adapt to climate change, we’re all going to need to be flexible – and that extends to office policies and protocols too:

Energy saving lighting

Retrofit

If you’re able to make bigger changes to your office, there are extra steps you can take to retrofit your space for climate change:

Go green

If you can’t reduce your emissions any further, think about ways you can capture carbon and reduce heat:

Biophilic design

The most important thing to remember when designing your office for the climate emergency is to start somewhere. If retrofitting your office isn’t an option, don’t worry. Small changes can still really help. If you’d like to adapt your office for climate change – or feel inspired to reduce its carbon footprint – get in touch to see how we can help.

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