Betting on sustainable offices not only contributes to caring for the planet, but at the same time favors the well-being, creativity and productivity of workers.\u00a0Various studies show that employees who work in sustainable offices are happier and perform their functions better. When we speak of sustainable offices, we refer to those that minimize environmental impact and at the same time take care of people's health.\u00a0The possibility of working in a healthy space, both physically and emotionally, is more important today than ever. When we are not talking about sustainable offices ... Some of the dangers related to unsustainable offices are known, mainly the quality of the air breathed in closed environments, which is often more harmful than that of the air in large cities. Offices often incorporate many elements that seriously harm our well-being and the environment.\u00a0The air you breathe, the lighting, the noise level, the materials used ... often create a harmful and unhealthy workspace. If the workplace is sick, the people who work there will feel bad too Multiple elements that can harm health are hidden in the offices.\u00a0Among the most classic, we can mention germs, fungi, mites and a long etcetera, which can cause eye and skin irritations, as well as respiratory and stomach diseases. No less dangerous are the chemicals present in the work environment: solvents, cleaners, paints, etc.\u00a0As well as some of the materials - fortunately every day less common in modern construction - that appear on the high danger lists.\u00a0 Towards sustainable offices, a path of no return Many things have to change if we want our quality of life to improve and that we can talk about sustainable offices, and the main step is to start worrying about the future of our planet.\u00a0This means making a rational use of its natural resources, and becoming aware that the use of materials that are harmful to the environment seriously harms both people and the environment. The next step will be to adopt the possible solutions that can help us make our workplaces sustainable, healthy and green offices. You can begin to walk that path towards sustainable offices incorporating many concepts contributed by Geobiology and Bioconstruction, which address issues related to energy saving, air renewal, choice of materials, recycling of waste, etc. Benefits of sustainable offices Sustainable offices are healthier, of course.\u00a0But they are also more profitable for companies, since in addition to a very considerable saving in energy consumption, a healthy space increases the productivity of workers. Indeed, in the first place, the correct analysis of factors such as temperature, the ergonomics of the position, the quality of the air, the light, the noise level ... prevents many sick leave.\u00a0Second, these factors\u00a0play a major role in people's moods, which is directly related to their ability to concentrate, their disposition towards work, etc.\u00a0 Guidelines for designing green and sustainable business offices When can we talk about green and sustainable business offices?\u00a0In an attempt to synthesize we can present the following guidelines:\u00a0 \tIntegration into your environment The constructions should be carried out taking into account the place where they are going to be located, ensuring their integration within the environment. \tLocation Avoiding the proximity of sources of pollution and the destruction of the environment. \tHealth and ecology Materials and objects selected based on their proven harmlessness to the health of users and their low ecological impact. \tHarnessing solar energy When designing sustainable offices it is very important to study the distribution of space and the orientation of the building, in order to adopt a solution that allows us to make optimal use of solar energy. It is important that the building is protected from the harsh hours of the sun, but that it can provide natural lighting, more beneficial for life and work, as well as improving the interior thermal comfort. Poorly designed lighting in work environments produces inattention, discouragement, depression, irritability, fatigue and stress, which can lead to accidents, poor performance and sick leave. It is important to establish adequate maintenance programs: cleaning of the luminaires, periodic change of bulbs, etc. \tEnergy efficiency\u00a0\u00a0 One of the fundamental criteria that must be taken into account in sustainable offices is that of energy saving, which must be approached from a double front.\u00a0On the one hand, at the time of planning the work using the criteria of bioclimatic architecture.\u00a0On the other hand, when evaluating consumption and the alternatives we have to reduce the emission of toxic substances in the atmosphere that are produced when energy is obtained from fossil fuels. \t\u00a0Bet on renewable energies Good insulation is essential to improve energy efficiency.\u00a0In addition to spending as little energy as possible, it must be generated by renewable energy systems, such as solar panels. \tAdequate ventilation To avoid the presence of different pollutants in our environment, which can harm our health. \tNatural materials \u00a0Construction materials potentially dangerous to health or the environment should be avoided or minimized. \tConstruction waste If our goal is to work in sustainable offices, it is necessary to reduce the waste that originates, and encourage its recycling. \tRational water management Responsible use of water is recommended through the use of control mechanisms and saving habits, such as the installation of efficient sanitary equipment. \tUse of indigenous materials If these materials are used, the buildings are integrated into the environment and also the impact derived from the transport of material is reduced. \tReduce, reuse and recycle Every day we generate more garbage, thus contributing to waste becoming a big problem, especially when it comes time to get rid of it: if we burn it, it pollutes the air;\u00a0if they are buried they pollute the soil;\u00a0and if they are thrown into seas or rivers, water. There are several ways to reduce its impact, but any measure will not be really successful if the flow of materials from their source is not diminished.\u00a0This means that good waste management unquestionably involves its reduction, which entails, at the same time, the reduction of the raw materials that we extract from Nature. Reducing consumption, increasing the life of products, reusing them and incorporating clean production systems are essential actions to achieve a true reduction. \tReduce noise pollution Noise is one of the most pervasive forms of pollution and a potential health hazard.\u00a0For example, 80 decibels is the noise level in an office with people, and if we continuously expose ourselves to that level it can damage hearing. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the threshold of 55 dB should not be exceeded during the day so that the body does not suffer alterations. A noisy environment can cause irritability and discomfort, leading to stress, headaches, and fatigue.\u00a0Likewise, it can reduce people's ability to concentrate and generate states of dissatisfaction. In an office it is recommended to acoustically isolate noise-generating equipment, such as printers.\u00a0If the office is acoustically polluted, serious thought should be given to its isolation.\u00a0There are, for this,\u00a0different products: thermo\u00a0-\u00a0clay, cork, cellulose fibers, etc., which are also respectful with the environment. In addition, it is necessary to analyze what level of privacy each job needs, which will be determined by the type of activity carried out by each person.\u00a0Thus, for example, a telephone service post, or\u00a0call\u00a0center, needs a higher level of sound insulation than others.\u00a0Your privacy needs are easily solved with the right choice of architectural panels or modules. \tBiophilic architecture Biophilic design is becoming an increasingly common trend in today's offices.\u00a0It is about incorporating elements of nature in workspaces, specifically in architecture and decoration. \tThermal comfort For us to talk about sustainable offices, a comfortable thermal environment must be sought for most of the people who work inside.\u00a0The most suitable temperature ranges between 18 and 20\u00baC.\u00a0We must avoid high temperatures, and we must avoid a constant temperature since our body needs temperature changes.\u00a0The air must be fresh, with an adequate level of humidity, and free of suspended dust. The energy consumption of maintaining indoor environments in adequate conditions is the most important energy expenditure in buildings, and causes one of the greatest impacts on the environment. Green and sustainable business centers opt for the maximum possible use of the sun's heat, which means a significant reduction in energy consumption.\u00a0Other measures can be directed towards the use of renewable energies. On the other hand, to achieve thermal well-being it is essential that the facades, which capture solar energy, reach the maximum thermal capacity.\u00a0In addition to properly maintaining the facilities, checking and cleaning themselves from time to time. \tBet on ecological design.\u00a0Ecodesign Select products and suppliers that are respectful with the environment, from their own design. Ecodesign is a whole business philosophy and a special way of producing.\u00a0Ecodesign\u00a0is applying environmental criteria to all phases of the product's life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials to their disposal or recycling, going through the entire production process. Ecodesign at Ofita Ofita is a benchmark in ecodesign in Spain.\u00a0Already In 2000, when practically no one in the sector was talking about this issue, Ofita participated in the Ecodesign project, the objective of which was to reduce the environmental impact in the design and manufacture of industrial products. Within the framework of this project, it analyzed the materials and processes used in its products, and sought and incorporated new, more ecological alternatives.\u00a0As a result, for example, with one of its new tables the environmental impact was reduced by 29.5% compared to another recent model. Since then, ecodesign and sustainable manufacturing under the most rigorous quality standards have been key in Ofita's production process: it authenticates the origin of the woods used in its office furniture and has the most demanding certificates, such as ISO 9001 in manufacturing quality and continuous improvement of processes, ISO 14006 in eco-design and environmental improvement of products, ISO 14001 in clean production and environmental protection ... In 2019, Ofita became the first Spanish company in the office furniture sector with the certification LEVEL\u00ae sustainability level 2. LEVEL\u00ae is the first European certification that covers all relevant aspects of the sustainability of a product.\u00a0It is based on the sustainability standard developed by the\u00a0F\u00e9d\u00e9ration\u00a0Europ\u00e9enne\u00a0du\u00a0Mobilier\u00a0de Bureau (FEMB).