We have talked about the importance of office lighting in our earlier blog. Now, we shall talk about how to use eco-friendly paint and wallpaper as ones of the many interior design elements. If we use them correctly, they can contribute to good office lighting while being green.
How Paint and Wallpaper Reduce Energy Consumption?
We recognise not every office has the luxury access to natural light. However, using light coloured paints or wallpapers can help to boost the brightness of your office. This method helps even your offices have extremely low access to natural light, as light coloured walls reflect light better. With this, we can achieve lower energy consumption.
The image below shows a workspace with dark walls. This office will require a greater consumption of indoor lighting to support users’ needs. Design, cost and sustainability can trade off one another. Thus, office owners should discuss carefully their priorities with the interior designers.
How They Contribute to Better Air Quality?
To level up the effort of going green, you can consider using low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints and wallpapers. Many of these compounds are colourless and odourless. However, their toxicity can remain high after many years of installation/application. Using environmental-friendly products can minimise toxic substances such as formaldehyde level in the office. Long-term exposure to formaldehyde has been associated with increased health risks, such as:
- shortness of breath,
- throat irritation and
- skin rashes…
Looking at the cost-benefit, going after an eco-friendly paint and wallpaper is a safe bet.
Read more about tips for green and healthy offices, and find out how our V-Buster Nano Composite Anti-Virus Circulation Lamp and KliqueCare NanoEcoShield™ can reduce VOCs and control mould growing.