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Sustainable Spaces

We’re a Certified B Corporation

Intentional Impact and social responsibility were already a part of Interaction’s DNA, but now we’ve formalised our commitment to using our business as a force for good, for all people, the planet, our community and our clients. After year-long rigorous scrutiny by the B Lab, we achieved our B Corp certification in 2023. We are dedicated to creating an equitable, inclusive, and regenerative economic system.

 Shaping a sustainable future

We’re immensely proud to call ourselves a B Corporation which is independent recognition of our commitment to maintaining the very highest social and environmental standards.

It’s taken a lot of hard work to get to this point but it’s not the end of the journey. We have ambitious plans to further improve the way we work and our impact on people and the planet.

Mike BorneHead of Operations

Redefining workplace design and build for a greener future

Whether you’re a landlord looking to increase your building’s eco credentials or a business aiming to attract top talent, partnering with us means transforming your environment while contributing to a healthier planet. With our in-depth knowledge of the WELL Building Standard, SKA, BREEAM, and LEED processes (and an in-house SKA Assessor), we’re here to guide you and ensure that your workplace aligns with your environmental goals.

We value the crucial role of a sustainable workplace in shaping a liveable future through carbon reduction, employee well-being, and generational impact. Committed to eco-friendly practices, our experts craft tailored, innovative solutions rooted in experience, knowledge and creativity.

Dieter WoodManaging Director

Creating Sustainable Workplaces

Together we can reduce our environmental impact

Sustainable office design and fit-out can help businesses to reduce their environmental impact in a number of ways, including:

  1. Using sustainable materials and energy- efficient technologies: Sustainable materials, such as recycled wood and bamboo, can help to reduce the environmental impact of office construction and fit-out. Energy-efficient technologies, such as LED lighting and smart thermostats, can help to reduce energy consumption.
  2. Integrating natural elements:  Natural elements, such as plants and sunlight, can help to improve air quality and reduce stress levels. They can also help to create a more pleasant and productive work environment.
  3. Designing for flexibility:  Sustainable office design should be flexible enough to accommodate changing business needs. This can be achieved by using modular furniture and creating spaces that can be easily adapted for different uses.

Read more on how to take a strategic approach to sustainable office design here.

The benefits of sustainable workplaces

There are a number of benefits to sustainable office design and fit-out, including:

Increased Productivity

Studies have shown that employees who work in sustainable office environments are more productive. This is likely due to the improved air quality, reduced stress levels, and more pleasant work environment.

Want to understand more about how the office impacts productivity? Read on.

Enhanced employee well-being

Sustainable office design and fit-out can help to improve employee well-being by reducing stress levels, improving air quality, and providing access to natural light.

Read more here.

Increased brand value

Businesses that are seen as being environmentally responsible are often seen as being more desirable to work for and do business with. This can lead to increased brand value and customer loyalty. Read more about how your ESG strategy can help you attract top talent here.

“Interaction’s vision and guidance in terms of what will work from a design perspective has been refreshing, particularly from a sustainability point of view.”

Caroline Bush

Associate Director and Halo Sustainability Lead, Osborne Clarke

Interaction’s Approach to Sustainability: Intentional Impact

At Interaction, we specialise in sustainable office design and fit-out, offering green office solutions that redefine workplace environments for a greener future. Our commitment to sustainability is deeply rooted in the principles set forth by the United Nations in 1987, which emphasise meeting present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Our approach to sustainable office solutions is guided by three core values:

  • Creativity

    We embrace innovation and reimagination to find sustainable solutions. By thinking creatively, we develop sustainable office spaces that are both environmentally responsible and inspiring, incorporating green design principles and energy-efficient technologies.

  • Commitment

    We are deeply committed to understanding and minimising our operational impact. Through continuous assessment of our practices and processes, we identify areas for improvement and make meaningful changes that contribute to a more sustainable future.

  • Collaboration

    We recognise that collaboration is essential in reducing our impact on the planet. We actively engage with our clients, partners, and suppliers to foster a collective effort towards sustainable office design and fit-out. Together, we can achieve greater results and drive positive change.

We make sustainability simple and actionable

Empowering Actioneers to Make a Difference

As the urgency to protect the needs of future generations grows, our strategic focus aligns with the most relevant pillars of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Among the 17 SDGs, Interaction has targeted the five where we can make the most significant difference in sustainable office design and fit-out:

  • Good health and wellbeing
  • Gender equality
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Climate action

We firmly believe that sustainability encompasses more than just carbon offsetting. It’s about making a meaningful impact in every possible way, including dedicating our time, knowledge, and resources to supporting local charities and communities. Therefore, we empower our employees to contribute to sustainable causes through our unique “Commitment Days” and have made an annual Sustainability Commitment of £150,000.

Our Process

A successful sustainability strategy requires buy-in from all levels. As your sustainability partner, here’s what you can expect:

  • Consultation and Assessment
    We begin by understanding your business objectives, culture, and sustainability aspirations. Our team, including our in-house SKA Assessor, conducts a thorough assessment of your current office space. We analyse your energy consumption patterns, waste management practices, and other key factors to identify opportunities for sustainable improvements. We also consider the WELL Building Guidelines to enhance occupant well-being.
  • Design and Planning
    Our experienced architects and designers, knowledgeable in sustainable office design principles and WELL Building Guidelines, translate your vision into a sustainable workspace that aligns with your brand identity. We integrate sustainable materials, energy-efficient technologies, and nature-inspired elements to create an inspiring and green office environment. Our designs optimise space utilisation, natural light, ventilation, and energy efficiency to support a sustainable office culture.
  • Build and Implementation
    Our construction team brings your sustainable office space to life with meticulous attention to detail. We collaborate with trusted suppliers and contractors who share our commitment to sustainability, ensuring that every aspect of the office fit-out process adheres to our high standards and meets the requirements of the WELL Building Guidelines. We utilise sustainable practices, materials, and systems to reduce environmental impact.
  • Post-Occupancy Evaluation
    Once your new sustainable office space is complete, we conduct a post-occupancy evaluation to assess its performance and fine-tune any areas for improvement. Our in-house SKA assessor verifies the sustainability achievements of the project, ensuring that your office space meets the highest standards of environmental responsibility.

Shaping a better world

Sustainable workplaces that leave a positive legacy

At Interaction, we believe in the power of sustainable office design and fit-out to shape a better world. Our expertise in sustainable office solutions enables us to transform commercial spaces into vibrant, eco-friendly environments that promote productivity, well-being, and environmental stewardship. By choosing Interaction, you align your business with our dedication to minimising ecological footprints and creating sustainable office spaces that inspire positive change.

Time to revolutionise your workplace?

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let our team of experts guide you through the process of sustainable office design, fit-out, and green solutions. Together, we can make a lasting impact and pave the way for a better future.

Sustainability & ESG FAQs

How does Interaction incorporate sustainability into my office fit-out?

We put sustainability at the forefront of all our work, using our Intelligent Impact framework to consider the effect of every design choice we make on both people and planet. There are many things we can do to improve the sustainability of your office fit-out, bespoke to each individual project. We work with a network of trusted suppliers who have been onboarded to Interaction’s sustainability goals and ambitions and align with our values. We aim to use local suppliers and manufacturers where possible, and we encourage clients to consider sustainable solutions such as using energy efficient lighting and HVAC systems. We have a deep understanding of WELL Building Standards, which guide our design process, whether or not you decide to apply for certification. We benchmark all our projects vs SKA ratings which helps landlords and tenants assess fit-out projects against a set of sustainability good practice criteria. This is just the beginning of what we can do to incorporate sustainability into your office design and build; we explore the topic further in our guide to sustainability in office fit outs.

Which sustainability accreditations are you associated with?

Some of our projects (or the buildings they are in) have achieved wide-recognised sustainability accreditations, such as BREEAM, WELLBuilding, LEED, SKA and EPC rating A. We aim to make sustainability as easy as possible for our clients, therefore our in-house SKA Assessor is on hand to guide you through the process. We discuss these accreditations further in our blog about incorporating sustainability into the workplace. We are also currently in the process of applying for our B Corp™ certification.

What is ESG?

ESG stands for Environmental, Social and Governance. It is a top-level strategic imperative which informs every decision a business makes in terms of workplace culture and how businesses engage with the wider community. Each of the three components ensures that every decision has a positive impact on people, the planet and profit. We have an entire ESG guide for ambitious businesses, which explores the topic in more depth.

How can office design and fit-out enhance ESG ratings?

The workplace embodies all three pillars of ESG, making it a good place to start if you’re looking to improve your credentials. 

  • The ‘Environmental’ contribution of your space can be improved by a number of factors, including opting for sustainable materials and local suppliers. Thoughtfully choosing your energy systems will also influence your impact. Consider including active travel facilities to encourage sustainable commuting and boost the physical wellbeing of your people.
  • To enhance the ‘Social’ element of ESG, a space must consider health and safety, accessibility, inclusivity and wellbeing, and include spaces for community engagement and collaboration. 
  • Finally, ethically designing a space which promotes transparency, through the use of open-plan layout and collaborative design is just one way in which your workplace can enhance the ‘Governance” aspect of ESG. We delve into the importance of ESG in the workplace in this article.

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