Raised Access Flooring & Green Building
Raised Access Flooring & Sustainable Building Solutions provides key environmental & economic benefit
Improved indoor air quality.
Improved thermal comfort for personnel working in the office environment.
Increased energy efficiencies regarding thermal comfort.
Reduced operating costs and reduced churn costs.
Reduced waste in terms of materials & time.
Increased worker productivity.
Reduced natural resource consumption.
Increased use of daylight.
A well designed building improves indoor environment quality, provides extreme flexibility and savings in the ever increasing high churn environment whilst minimizing cost and time. The utilization of additional materials is greatly reduced and the use of a Raised Access Floor reduces waste and reduces the life cycle costs in the building environment. The savings of a Raised Access Floor continue to grow over the life of its installation.
The Benefits of Raised Access Flooring
Raised access flooring integrates the benefits of power, data, telecommunications and air distribution all of which offer economic benefits.
Using underfloor distribution serves to create a green indoor environment and will assist in a variety of needs that conventional construction cannot.
Increased efficiency, with modular plug and play power and data wiring will provide the maximum flexibility allowing you to respond to equipment quickly and effectively, without any changes to the environment, while minimising cost, time and effort.
Underfloor HVAC systems eliminates most ductwork, drop downs and reducing insulation, all of which are associated with overhead systems.
A modular access floor system provides for data and power flexibility. HVAC systems are extremely flexible, as non duct diffusers can easily be relocated to suit the environment.
Green Performance, Sustainable and Cost Advantages
Improved environmental quality control.
Increased ability to make use of daylight opportunities.
Less waste with plug & play wire / cable services.
Maximize occupant thermal comfort.
Increased ventilation efficiencies.
Easily adapts to technology and organizational changes over the building’s life cycle at low cost.
Reduces operational costs and lower facility and maintenance costs through accessible, flexible and adaptable services.
Increased energy efficiencies.
Reduce wire and cable materials by locating correctly, in the place required rather than in intervals or rigid structures.
Reduce materials due to the significant reduction of HVAC ductwork and drop downs.
Production of locally produced understructure provides less shipping energy.
Raised Access Flooring & Creating Green Environments.
High Performance, Sustainable and Cost Effective Indoor Environments
Effectively Manage First Costs.
Eliminate Saturation Wiring.
Running wiring and cabling in walls and furniture is rigid and expensive. Modular plug and play connections provide point of use termination so that only terminals that are used are installed.
Flexible and Inexpensive.
Rigid fixed duct work requires slow labor intensive installation. Using the space under the access floor for air distribution is faster to install and requires minimal ducting since the entire space is used as a service plenum.
Reduce Building Materials.
Conventional construction requires large ceiling void space for fixed service pathways. Using underfloor distribution can eliminate wasted space thus reducing building costs.
Reduce Operating Cost.
Underfloor air delivery offers the ultimate in comfort and control.
Wiring and cabling in walls and columns makes reconfiguration expensive, disruptive and wasteful. As your business changes, access flooring enables you to inexpensively reconfigure your space.
Hot air rises, yet conventional distribution is designed to force cool air from the ceiling. By supplying cool air from the floor using natural convection and warmer temperatures you can reduce your HVAC energy costs.
Material & Resources
Raised Access Flooring system is designed to last the life-time of the building.
Although an access floor will not help a project achieve credits immediately, it can significantly help to do so later in the buildings life. Demountable partitioning on top of raised access floors is easy to detach and erect elsewhere on the floor, electrical boxes and air diffusers can be moved to accommodate a new tenant fit out. A new environment may therefore only require the purchase of additional access floor components which can be purchased to complete new occupant fit-out requirements.
Access Floor panels and understructure components can be uninstalled and relocated to a new site and re-installed. Be aware that just as the building reuse credit, the material reuse strategy will not likely help achieve points immediately. Rather, it is the long term sustainability strategy where a building can contribute.
Raised Access Floor used in commercial offices consists of 50.22% Recycled Content.
Raised Access Flooring provides the opportunity to economically, efficiently and in a timeous manner make changes to under-floor services and economically facilitate the high churn environment in the modern working environments. The Raised Access Floor offers exceptional flexibility to the current and future occupants of the office environment in which it is installed.
The ability to quickly and efficiently respond to changes in the environment, tenant turnover and a high churn environment where change costs are minimal, reducing labor costs. The use of additional materials results in energy, time and labor costs savings, while improving occupancy health comfort and productivity.