In recent years environmental issues have come to the fore and with good reason. Garbage patches the size of the USA in the middle of the ocean, sea levels rising around the world, the ice shelves on Greenland and Antarctica melting at an alarming rate and species disappearing left and right all point to the fact that our stewardship over planet earth recently has been shortsighted at best. Businesses are the main consumers of energy and the main contributors to environmental degradation but simply pointing fingers of blame isn’t going to help. What we need is a way to conduct business in a more environmentally responsible manner. This is where architectural walls come in. Next, we take a look at how they help your company become greener.
The Need for Architectural Walls Has Never Been Greater
Businesses in general and offices in particular need to reduce their carbon footprint. If they don’t the environmental ramifications may be catastrophic and the world we leave to our children will be one that we wouldn’t want ourselves. One big step on the road to a greener office is the adoption of architectural partition walls in place of drywall or plaster. Here are a few ways architectural walls help you go green:
- Reduce your company’s energy consumption: Architectural partition walls are not only movable and affordable they can also make a dramatic impact on your company’s overall energy usage and help turn the tide toward a sustainable tomorrow. Using architectural partitions to shape your office will help reduce your company’s energy consumption on a variety of fronts including:
- Reduced electricity use: Architectural walls have one advantage over drywall everyone can easily appreciate: natural light. Glass architectural partitions open a space up to natural light in ways drywall construction could never dream of. All this free light flooding a space means the traditional banks of fluorescent light fixtures are a thing of the past and you can light most of your space strategically using far less electricity in the process.
- More efficient heating: Movable walls mean you can configure your space to maximize air flow and make more effective use of heat. In old-fashioned drywall offices heat often gets trapped in cubicles or other spatial curiosities or it ricochets off of them and winds up heating the copier nook or getting directed toward the windows were it escapes.
- More efficient air conditioning: That optimal office layout mentioned above will also help you cool the space more efficiently, lowering your air-conditioning bills and reducing energy consumption even further. No more having to crank the air conditioner to get the desired effect.
- Minimal waste during build out: If you’re going to do a comprehensive assessment of the energy use related to your office you have to consider how much energy is used during the buildout process. With traditional construction methods that build out period can be months long and during that time lights are being used so workers can see what they’re doing, an army of power tools are plugged in and used every day, the space is heated at least minimally, water is used in the toilets, elevators are used to bring construction workers up to the space and so on. All the while the space is producing nothing. By contrast architectural walls require a fraction of the manpower, only a few light power tools and are in place ready to go in a couple of weeks.
- No waste during remodeling: Likewise when time comes to remodel. If you need to rearrange an office built using drywall you’ll need to bring in several different trades and take whole sections of your expensive office offline for weeks or longer. As with the build out this is wasted energy since nothing is being produced while the contractors hold your space hostage. The process will also result in piles of debris bound for the landfill. By contrast reshaping your office using architectural walls can be done overnight and produce virtually no waste.
- Nearly 100% recyclable: Architectural partitions from I-M-T are made with nearly 100% recycled materials. At the end of their multi-decade lifespan you’ll also be able to recycle them once again. Compare that to drywall that requires primary resources to produce and winds up in a landfill when you’re done with it. The use of primary resources not only degrades the environment it requires vast amounts of energy for identification, harvesting, transportation and, finally, fabrication of the product. With recyclable partition walls all that energy used to bring the primary resources to the production facility are saved.
The movement toward a greener, more sustainable future starts with the choices we make today. If you’re moving into a new space or faced with the prospect of remodeling your existing space take the time to investigate the many advantages of architectural partition walls from I-M-T. We make doing business in the USA less expensive for you, and for the environment as a whole.