Sustainable development concept on screen with icons of renewablAlthough recent months have shown that other priorities may have taken precedence, there is still a lot of appetite out there for using building materials that are sustainable. This means that natural resources are preserved and balanced, therefore not hurting our fragile ecosystem.

Recently, Architecture and Design magazine in Australia published an extensive view of sustainable materials on their website. One of the more intriguing parts of the article concerns trends with sustainable materials, and although they cover home use more than office space, it still rings true for that context as well (especially in these times of work-from-home).

There are three trends that the article points out:

Modular construction
This makes the most sense when you consider structure design and building, as more construction companies switch to modular format. This means that they can cost less, be designed faster and use the least amount of resources, all with less waste and less of a carbon footprint.

Flexible space design

The idea of making a space for more than one purpose is nothing new, but it’s definitely a trend that’s coming around again. Beyond just reception areas acting as lounges, the article points out that it now includes dining locations, classrooms and even hallways and stairways as potential multi-use spaces.

Hidden and smart technology
This is one of the more elaborate trends and its centered around the home, but office spaces are starting to use automation more to control climate for energy efficiency or to improve air quality, a special concern as part of the pandemic response. Among the other elements of this one are battery storage technology for computers, or benches that can also be used to charge electronic devices.

You can get more information on products we provide that answer questions of sustainability at the Johnson Simon website.