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Features to Discuss With a Commercial Builder for Your New Complex

When working with a commercial builder to design a new office, warehouse, or other such facility, you want to think about energy efficiency, long-term growth, and how to ensure the space creates a comfortable environment for your workforce. While your builder will no doubt have their own suggestions, note a few features and concepts to keep in mind and discuss these with him or her as well, so you'll be presented with a design that fits your needs in all these areas.

Go smaller

Today's office workforce usually doesn't need space for files, binders, and even personal printers. Paperwork is often stored digitally, and copiers now double as printers, scanners, and even fax machines, so it's very rare that workers need room in their cubicle for anything more than a computer and phone. Be sure that you take this into consideration when planning cubicle space, and that you're not allotting too much space for file rooms that may remain empty. You might opt for partitions that are easy to take apart and reassemble so you can move around cubicle space as needed, but don't use the same measurements for today's workforce that you did even a few years back; those smaller spaces will mean lower utility costs and less maintenance and cleaning needed for your building.

Make it comfortable and inviting

A relaxed workforce might be a happier workforce, so opt for floor-to-ceiling windows that let in lots of natural light, and built-in planters that can hold greenery that clean the air and create a comfortable atmosphere. Many office buildings today will even have small water features or fountains in various areas, as this sound can be very relaxing. The kitchen might be built with room for comfortable armchairs as well as specialty coffeemakers or soda dispensers and other such appliances.

Passive energy

Passive energy refers to using natural resources as much as possible, in order to cut down on your use of electricity for heating and cooling and your use of fresh water. Thermal slabs that run deep into the ground can collect warmth and then conduct this to the walls and floorboards as needed. Solar panels can be built right into the roof or outside walls. Rainwater collection can take the water caught during a rainfall and then circulate it to the toilets in the building, or through a filtration system that makes it safe for bathroom sinks. These features will reduce your cost of operating the building and also reduce your overall carbon footprint.