The Circular Economy of Office Partitions
Using and reusing your office partitions as part of a circular cycle is going to cut the carbon levels involved in your project. As one of the main elements involved in an office fit-out, partitions are traditionally built using a combination of drywall, glass and aluminium profiles, assembled in such a fashion that none can be reused separately after refurbishment. Modular office partitions, on the other hand, are designed for disassembling and are thus suitable for circular economy applications.
If we consider the four stages of carbon in a construction project, focusing on reducing the amount used in the final three puts your business at the front of innovative green thinking.
The Embodied Carbon Framework published by the World Green Building Council
The first stage is upfront carbon emissions. This is an inevitable stage as all the elements composing your office fit-out will need manufacturing and thus emit carbon. This includes everything involved in the production and construction process, like the transportation of materials and products, the installation process, and the supply of raw materials.
The second stage, use stage embodied carbon, is the stage in which selecting modular office partition manufacturers can have a huge impact on the lifecycle carbon footprint of your facilities. Regular office refurbishments are usually associated with heavy waste generation as most of the premises are built to dispose with traditional construction methods. As a result, all discarded elements will need to be rebuilt to suit the needs of occupants, hence increasing the overall embodied carbon footprint of your office. Using Modular office partitions guarantees this part of your office fit-out will not be demolished needlessly and will be reinjected into your refurbished workspace.
At the ‘end of life’ stage, or when it’s time for the office partitions to be de-constructed and moved on, there are ways to continue to reduce carbon emissions, too. Consider things like proper waste disposal, greener forms of transportation or deconstruction instead on demolition.
Beyond this initial three stages is the ‘beyond lifecycle stage’ in which office partitions manufacturers continue to minimise carbon. This is achieved by reusing and recycling the products appropriately, feeding back into the circular economy and beginning the process again.
Stored partitions components waiting to be reused