Keeping a mega office sustainable

June 10th, 2013 Category: Building Management

Adobe System’s has recently opened a new mega office in the US boasting a host of eco-friendly solutions which will likely become a blueprint for future sustainable developments.

Office sustainability is certainly in vogue thanks to healthy levels of demand from large and start-up firms looking to keep their environmental credentials intact. Many of the newer, more savvy firms have started to innovate in this area, which is why Adobe System’s new development will be of particular interest.

Located in Lehi – a tech-industry boomtown in Utah dubbed Silicon Slope –  the new mega office has sustainable sites to support eco-friendly working lives. There is bicycle storage and showering facilities to encourage biking and large areas of the property are allocated for habitat restoration and will not be used for any development in the future.

Energy is conserved by using high-performance glass which provides excellent insulation and 93 per cent of occupants have views to the outside. A recent study – which we documented here – found that exposure to sunlight significantly improved the health and lifestyle of office workers, as well as making them more sustainable.

Low-flow toilets, waterless urinals, retention basins and drought-tolerant plantings have all ensured the building uses as little water as possible. The indoor environment is maintained by ensuring that none of the paint or coating products used on the interior of the building exceed the allowable VOC limits and none of the composite wood and agri-fiber products contain added urea formaldehyde.

Finally, the building process was completed in a sustainable manner. Almost a quarter (23 per cent) of materials were sourced and manufactured locally (within 500 miles of site; lumber and concrete sourced from less than a mile away), and 27 per cent of materials has recycled content. Some 87 per cent of construction waste was diverted from landfill.