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How to Design an Eco-Friendly Fitout

7 July 2022

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Since our inception in 1990, Consilo has been committed to creating sophisticated healthcare environments with a team of experienced professionals.

As the world changes rapidly, there has been an increasing demand for sustainable and environmentally friendly medical and dental fitouts approaches. With growing concerns over climate change, people are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint, use resources more responsibly, and combat the impact of global warming on our planet.

Considerations for an Eco-Friendly Healthcare Facility Fitout:

1. Engage Sustainable Contractors and Suppliers:

When searching for a company to deliver your healthcare build project, choose a fit-out specialist committed to delivering sustainable solutions. Look for contractors who prioritise recyclable materials and natural resources, and whose supplies come from a fully sustainable supply chain. Advocating for extensive material recycling will help minimize landfill waste. While initial costs may be slightly higher, the long-term benefits justify the investment.

2. Implement Sustainable Tech and Smart Solutions:

Assess the energy efficiency of your building before committing to a contract. This directly influences the practice workspace’s energy efficiency. Optimise lighting with energy-saving/LED bulbs and incorporate natural lighting elements like skylights and translucent wall panels. Explore eco-friendly materials such as bamboo, recycled timber, polished concrete, and linoleum. Thoughtful consideration of heating, cooling, and ventilation options is crucial.

3. Select Eco-Friendly Furniture, Storage, and Decoration:

Prioritise environmentally-friendly materials like wood and metal, but don’t dismiss plastic furniture entirely. Choose 100% recycled plastic furniture from reputable, certified suppliers for an affordable and sustainable option. Integrate indoor gardens and vertical green walls to enhance the practice workspace, fostering a connection to nature that positively impacts productivity. Opt for low-toxic, certified green paint for a sustainable painting solution.

4. Waste Management Strategies:

Discuss comprehensive waste management plans during the fit-out process. This includes responsible disposal of construction waste, recycling programs, and reducing single-use plastics within the healthcare facility.

5. Energy-Efficient Equipment:

Consilo emphasises the importance of Health Practice Owners selecting energy-efficient medical, and dental equipment. Energy-star-rated devices, proper calibration, and regular maintenance contribute to lower energy consumption and operational costs.

6. Water Conservation Measures:

Consilo will implement water-saving technologies and practices, such as low-flow faucets, water-efficient appliances, and the integration of water recycling systems where applicable in the design and specification stages. Water conservation is crucial for sustainable healthcare practices.

7. Certifications and Standards:

Your chosen health practice design and build contractor should work with you on any certifications and standards for eco-friendly fit-outs in the healthcare sector. Certifications like LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and adherence to specific medical facility standards can boost the environmental credibility of the fit-out.

8. Patient and Staff Well-being:

Explore design elements that enhance the well-being of both patients and medical staff. This can include creating calming and stress-reducing environments through biophilic design, ergonomic furniture, and proper ventilation systems that improve indoor air quality.

9. Renewable Energy Integration:

Discuss the potential for incorporating renewable energy sources, such as solar panels or wind turbines, to power medical facilities. This step can significantly reduce the environmental impact of energy consumption.

10. Technology for Remote Healthcare:

Consider the role of technology in promoting eco-friendly practices, such as telemedicine and digital record-keeping. These advancements, not only streamline healthcare operations but also contribute to a paperless and more sustainable workflow.

11. Educational Initiatives:

Practice Owners should advocate for ongoing education and training programs within their medical facilities to promote eco-conscious behaviours among staff. Encouraging sustainability practices at all levels of the organization fosters a culture of environmental responsibility.

Closing thoughts

Businesses, especially those in the health sector, should prioritise environmental sustainability in their practice designs and everyday operations. The medical fitout of your facility is a reflection of your business’s commitment to the environment. Consilo can assist you in creating environmentally conscious medical and dental spaces. If you require further information about our services, please do not hesitate to contact us.