Sustainable Design

Greening the Office: Sustainable Design

“Sustainability can’t be like some sort of moral sacrifice or political dilemma or a philanthropic cause. It has to be a design challenge.” – Bjarke Ingels, Danish architect, known for his sustainable development principles

We spend the majority of our days indoors at the office. So it should be no surprise that our office environments have a direct impact on our health and wellbeing. This translates to the building structures around us and the furniture and fittings within. So how do we ensure that your employees are in the best surroundings possible?

At Paragon Interiors we consider:

Product specification and selection

Manufacturers Credentials

Design for longevity and flexibility

Energy and water use

Internal waste management

Designs that minimise waste

Indoor air quality and product emissions

Effective space planning to improve comfort

What are the benefits?

Protecting employee health

Improving employee productivity

Reducing operating costs

Conserving natural resources

Good design is sustainable design

We are passionate about advancing sustainability in the interior design industry. Good design IS sustainable design; it is not an overlay or afterthought. At Paragon Interiors, we strive to provide you with a sustainable design and healthy work environment, regardless of whether it is specifically requested or not. A healthy interior has been proven to contribute to lower rates of absenteeism, higher staff retention and increased productivity, meaning you will reap the benefits long after we have left the site.

The building sector has the largest potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions1 and we take this seriously. Our designs and specifications are researched and scrutinised to ensure we provide you with the best solution with the lowest environmental impact.
1.UNEP, "Buildings and Climate Change: Summary for Decision-Makers", 2009 at 9.

Not only do we have Green Star accredited professionals as part of our team, but we have a Sustainable Interior Design Specialist experienced in certifying interior fit outs. Whether you want to certify your interior or you are merely curious about what a sustainable interior fit out is all about, we have the expertise to assist.

* Robert Swan is the first person to walk to both the North and South poles. After seeing the effects of climate change, he dedicated himself to protecting the planet.
** Paul Coelho author of The Alchemist.
*** Buckminster Fuller was an architect, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor and futurist.
**** Report of the world commission on environment and development: Our Common Future.
***** Mahatma Gandhi, Indian activist who led the Indian independence movement against British rule.