Interior Design for Office Interiors
Sustainability, the holy grail of design, is strangely lacking in the construction of office interiors. Yes, the desks are made from products certified to be sustainably resources, the paint has less volatile organic compounds and the carpets are made of recycled materials. But what about the design of interior walls?
Stud and drywall are still being specified for interior walls in many commercial buildings, including in LEED®-certified construction. There are sustainable alternatives. Modular, movable walls by DIRTT Environmental Solutions provide a cost-competitive and green alternative.
DIRTT’s demountable wall systems are reusable and movable, unlike traditional construction. When an office interior is reconfigured, DIRTT products can be moved from one location to another without damaging floor coverings or requiring costly electrical connections.
Design Factors Driving Use of Demountable Walls
DIRTT wall systems meet the most exacting designer criteria in a number of ways:
The walls are modular and customizable. Designers can create an infinite variety of surface textures, colors and looks all within the DIRTT portfolio of solid, glass and panel walls. Special finishes can be applied that render walls suitable for writing on, the equivalent of posting whiteboards throughout an organization.
DIRTT wall systems have good acoustic properties and are rated 37 to 50 STC depending on the materials chosen and the style of wall. This diminishes airborne noise between office partitions and ensures confidentiality and privacy for occupants.
There is no need for a structural post at intersections. The innovative Bullet wall connection makes possible post-free connections where sidewalls intersect with front walls. This provides a superior aesthetic solution for office interiors, especially where curved walls have been specified.
Business Case for Movable Walls
With frequent changes the norm in commercial interiors, clients prefer to save money by reusing materials. In conventionally-constructed interiors, entirely new walls must be erected and new electrical wiring installed with each reconfiguration. DIRTT walls by contrast can be moved and reused with minimal disruption.
Other financial benefits include the fact that DIRTT wall systems are cheaper to erect than conventional drywall partitions in most geographic jurisdictions of North America. Thanks to the modularity of DIRTT products and the plug and play attributes of Spider Agile Technology for the electrical connections, wall erection is also faster, with smaller crews and no waste on site.
Interior designers and distributors of wall systems appreciate DIRTT's adaptability. It is suitable for use in renovations and new buildings. The walls whether half or full height can be erected directly on top of carpet tiles; there's no fussing with fitting carpet to walls after an installation.
Environmental Benefits of DIRTT Products
As North America’s largest manufacturer of movable and demountable wall systems, DIRTT’s ultimate goal is to keep objects in use over time so that materials don’t end up in landfills every time an interior is renovated.
The company’s Calgary and Kelowna operations feature the use of green power from solar photovoltaic panels. A commitment to sustainability is evident throughout the design and manufacturing process, from the use of a powerful software platform called ICE that eliminates paper catalogs during design and waste during construction, to the selection of finishes that are good for the environment.
Eco-friendly wall finishes are applied at the manufacturing facility before assembly of components; by the time the finished product is delivered for erection at the customer’s premises, environmental hazards have been averted.
DIRTT walls prove that no aesthetic compromise is required to realize green interiors. It’s time for designers and architects to catch up and begin choosing reusable walls in office interiors.