Where did this material come from? Did it require a lot of energy to extract or to get it to your site? Can it be replaced at the source?
Can it be recycled or reused? Is it durable or will it need to be replaced?
How do we lower our materials carbon in fitouts? How do we reduce our energy consumption and lower our ongoing operating costs?
These questions are not always easily addressed but must be front of mind for all businesses considering new build projects today.
The answers lie in strategic early business planning and prioritising sustainable practices from the outset of the design. In the course of our design work, we’re constantly considering the role of design in promoting cleaner, more sustainable environments. Typically, you should be using a two-pronged approach; reducing both the materials carbon footprint and operating carbon footprint.
Energy star targets should be set as part of the initial design brief and expectations made clear to all consultants on the project. For F&B retailers, did you know the largest operating carbon savings can be made in refrigeration and lighting? Looking at energy efficient models and planning for reduced quantities of fixtures can make significant savings on annual operating costs.
Design Clarity has been learning from the Footprint Company about driving sustainable design choices for our clients from start to finish. We have access to online calculators to simplify the process for retailers and restaurants, to help target a healthier future.
A net zero footprint will be possible sooner if we all start now.