How to Design a Sustainable Office Space

Chahna Baksani
Chahna Baksani
Chahna Baksani is the Social Media Manager as well as a Content Writer at The Address. If you ever happen to visit The Address' Ahmedabad offices, do not miss to stop by and say Hi to her.

Sustainability is no longer a mere trend. It has become a necessity. Environmentally-conscious businesses are investing in sustainability to build a safe environment. 

Did you know 67% of companies are using more eco-friendly materials, such as recycled goods and lower-emitting products to build their sustainable offices? Further, 57% of companies have adopted energy-efficient machinery, equipment, and technology to boost their sustainability efforts. 

Most businesses firmly believe that green offices are the future. In fact, green buildings can potentially reduce energy consumption by 50% by 2050. No wonder, evaluating the impact a business has on the environment forms the foundation of corporate sustainability. 

In this post, we will learn more about sustainable offices and how you can create a more environmentally sustainable workspace for your employees.

What Is a Sustainable Office?

A sustainable office is a workspace that promotes environmental balance by eliminating or reducing the use of materials or tools that cause a depletion of natural resources.  It is designed to lower energy and water consumption, reduce waste, utilize eco-friendly materials, and more to minimize its impact on the environment.

What Makes an Office Building Sustainable?


Sustainability involves making small multiple changes to your office building. It helps you save on operational costs besides contributing to a clean and green environment. Some of the key ways to make your office building sustainable include –

  • Using eco-friendly materials for building the structures, such as sustainable wood, environment-friendly paint, and more.
  • Powering the building with renewable energy sources, like solar panels.
  • Ensuring proper ventilation for good airflow and abundant natural lighting.

What Are the Benefits of Creating a Sustainable Office Space?

Sustainable office spaces play a crucial role in environmental preservation. It offers the following benefits.

  • Building a clean environment. As sustainable offices use resources efficiently, minimize waste production, and reduce their carbon footprint, you contribute to building a clean environment that is free of pollution.
  • Saving on operational costs. Sustainable offices help in reducing energy and water consumption which results in lower utility bills and maintenance costs. The usage of recyclable and reusable materials helps you save a significant amount on office supplies.
  • Providing employees with a healthy workplace. Natural light, improved ventilation, indoor plants, and safe cleaning supplies improves the quality of your work environment and uplift employees’ mood. It boosts productivity and job satisfaction, thereby ensuring higher employee retention.
  • Enhancing company image. As people are becoming aware of sustainable offices and their impact on the environment, creating a sustainable office space for your brand is likely to grab the attention of customers and professional talent. It puts your business in a good light for your contributions to building an environmentally-conscious society.

11 Effective Ways to Create a Sustainable Office for Your Employees


Here are some of the innovative ideas you can follow to create a sustainable office. Be assured that these ideas are easy to implement and do not require a hefty investment.

#1. Use Electricity Wisely

Make it mandatory to switch all devices and lights when not in use. Set all the electronics to energy-saving mode during office hours. This will not only reduce energy consumption but also help you save on your electricity bills.

#2. Install Energy-Saving Light Bulbs

Use energy-efficient lighting systems to reduce energy consumption. Install smart bulbs that can automatically turn on or off or adjust the illumination according to the availability of natural light. Use LED bulbs as they last longer than incandescent lights and consume relatively less energy.

#3. Rework Office Ventilation Design

Ensure proper ventilation in your office with easy-to-open windows to allow good airflow. Introduce more windows and skylights in your office space design to maximize natural lighting. Install an eco-friendly ventilation system to circulate fresh air throughout your office space.

#4. Cut Down on Water Consumption

Reduce water consumption in the office by installing a dual plumbing system that recycles greywater for toilet use. Install low-water use toilets and faucets to save excessive use of water.

#5. Create a Green Workplace

Insert greenery in your workspace design to create a green and eco-friendly office space. In fact, adding indoor plants in your office spaces makes your employees 15% more productive. Similarly, create an outdoor garden that employees can use to rest or complete creative work. Being surrounded by greenery increases the concentration levels among the employees and contributes to workplace satisfaction.

#6. Invest in Sustainability Initiatives

Draft a sustainable office policy and share it with your team. Train your employees to follow and promote sustainable behavior and practices in the workplace. Organize meetings to discuss your waste reduction program and educate your team about various measures they can take on a personal level. Further, encourage your team to share their ideas to improve your existing sustainability approach and processes.

#7. Opt for Green Commute

Organize an office cab to pick up and drop off your employees at the office. Encourage employees who stay far from your office location to carpool to work. Adopt a hybrid working model allowing employees to work from the comfort of their homes for certain days a week.

#8. Leverage Eco-Friendly Office Supplies

Choose reusable office supplies wherever possible. Invest in recycled paper goods, such as notebooks, binders, envelopes, pencils, and more. Reuse old file folders, paper clips, folders, and more to avoid purchasing new ones when the need arises. Encourage printing double-sided copies of documents to reduce extra paper usage.

#9. Reduce the Use of Disposable Products

Stock your pantry with reusable cups, mugs, plates, and more to reduce the use of paper plates, cardboard cups, and plastic utensils. Stock your pantry with large packets of coffee, tea powder,  milk powder, sugar sachets, and more instead of opting for smaller packets. Use cloth napkins instead of tissues and kitchen towels or install hand dryers to reduce the waste produced.

#10. Encourage Using Green Cleaning Products

Switch to eco-cleaning products to clean and maintain your office spaces. These products usually comprise plant-based raw materials instead of toxic chemicals as cleansing agents. This reduces your team’s exposure to such harmful chemicals and reduces the risks of health issues. Pair these products with washable microfiber cloths to eliminate the use of paper towels for cleaning purposes.

#11. Implement an Efficient Waste Management Program

Follow efficient waste management practices like recycling and composting. Set up waste bins for collecting all types of waste, such as paper waste, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, food waste, and more. Label each of these bins with respective signs to let everyone know its use and avoid confusion. You can also set up a composting station to recycle waste food and convert it into organic fertilizers.

How The Address Helps in Creating Sustainable Office Spaces

Sustainable office design has become increasingly popular considering the benefits it offers. However, building a sustainable office space from scratch requires significant time, money, and effort. Instead of building one yourself, you can invest in a coworking space like The Address which offers sustainable office spaces for startups, SMEs, corporates, and enterprises at monthly membership plans. 

These flexible workspaces are designed following a sustainable office-building approach and offer everything an office needs – technology, amenities, ergonomic furniture, and more. These offices have top-notch and advanced systems to manage energy efficiently, reduce waste production, reuse water, and more which makes them the best choice if you are looking to invest in environmentally-friendly offices.

With its coworking spaces located in major towns of Gujarat, such as Ahmedabad, Surat, and Vadodara, The Address is shortly expanding its base to leading cities of India. If you are based in Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Kochi, or Delhi, you can book your sustainable office space at The Address without any hassles. 

Book a tour of The Address coworking space today or contact our team to understand how our office spaces can complement your sustainability efforts and going green initiatives.