Ways to Make Commercial Buildings Sustainable

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Regardless of their size and use, commercial buildings all over the world can become more environment-friendly and sustainable than ever. Most people don’t believe this is possible, but if you’re in charge of one of these commercial buildings, don’t ignore this idea and don’t be afraid to explore it as soon as you can. Making a commercial building sustainable is a long and tiring process, but if you know what needs to be done, it’s going to turn out to be easier than you’ve imagined. So, what are some of the best ways to make a commercial building sustainable, and what can you do about it?

Green roofs

This is an amazing way to boost your sustainability and make a real difference in the world, and the best thing about it is the fact that commercial buildings are perfect for this approach. The philosophy behind green roofs is easy to comprehend and understand, and even easier to put into practice. It’s all about investing time and energy into planting usable and healthy things in the middle of your roof.

The reason why this idea is so great for commercial buildings is their size – more space for your green roof is always better for the overall performance of this concept and the numerous benefits that come with it. Of course, it all comes down to lowering the emission of dangerous gas produced as the result of the greenhouse effect. But if your commercial building is equipped with one of these green roofs, it should have no problem becoming greener than before.


Huge commercial spaces require tons of light to help everyone feel motivated, productive and inspired to bring their A-game to the office every single day. But, this is sometimes simply impossible, which is why you can see dozens and dozens of light bulbs in commercial spaces all over the world. And if you’re not sure why that’s a bad idea, just think about all the energy these light bulbs use and what that does to the environment.

Instead of endangering your building space, you could introduce a huge change into your company and switch to LED lights instead. This will protect the nature around you, make everyone healthier, and save you tons of money every single month. Also, you’ll become famous for being sustainable, and that’s always a great outcome!

Modular building

Instead of wasting tons of money and resources on the process of building new commercial spaces on-site, you can complete every step of the process off-site, and simply have everything delivered to the site later. This is called modular building and this approach to building is great for saving resources and Mother Nature in general. It’s also great for showing the people around you that being sustainable doesn’t mean sacrificing the visual appeal.

It doesn’t matter how big and expensive your commercial building is, you can surely turn your dreams into reality if you decide to use the modular building and make a huge impact in your community. This is especially true if you check out those useful modular classrooms that will take your efforts to the next level and emphasize the importance of getting the younger generations interested in sustainability. If you manage to design such a space, you’ll show the world that anything is possible, but you’ll also teach everyone how to encourage the youngsters to be more sustainable.

Collecting rainwater

Employing tons of people means wasting huge amounts of water day after day – from sinks to toilets and everything in between. But, if you introduce sustainability to your life and your company, this won’t be a problem anymore. Collecting rainwater and using it later should be quite enough to make your company sustainable, eco-friendly, and respectable. Don’t forget the financial aspect too because this method will help you significantly cut your costs, and that’s something all entrepreneurs love to hear.

This is another simple and easy idea – you just need to collect rainwater and then make the most of it. You can use it in your commercial building’s toilets – moreover, it can be used in several different ways to make sure everything you’ve collected is gone. After that, all you need to do is wait for the next rain and hope you’ve collected enough rainwater to realize all those amazing benefits that come with this solution. In the end, this move will soon become public knowledge, and more and more companies in your area will join your efforts and start collecting rainwater themselves. This will eventually make you all more sustainable, and you’ll be remembered as a trailblazer, which is why this is such a win-win scenario.

Commercial spaces are often seen as spaces that can’t be made sustainable, but if you take a look at these tips, you should be able to find a solution or two that works for you, and keeps the environment around your commercial building clean and healthy!

Written by Emma B. Joyce


About the Author

Emma B. Joyce is blogger based in Australia. She is a true home decor and DIY fanatic. Emma is interested in music and also is a big reading enthusiast. Finding new designs and patterns is her daily task. She got hooked on home accessories and decorations during her traveling and now cannot stop searching for new inspiration.


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