Sustainable Workspaces: UK`S First SKA-Certified Workspace
Huckletree office space, which opened its doors last month (April 2014) in Clerkenwell London (UK) is purported to be the only commercial place, thus far, to be SKA-certified; that is the official benchmark for ‘good practice’ measures within the built environment. Outfits must satisfactorily demonstrate efficiency in design – from low emissions, waste and water usage to the promotion of physical well-being through eco materials and intelligent design in order to qualify for this strict accreditation.
The opening of Huckletree in the bustling heart of London’s ‘Tech City’ signifies a new era for workspaces that puts eco, sustainability and workers’ well-being at its heart
Huckletree came about because its creators identified a need within the city’s burgeoning entrepreneurial scene for an inspiring, eco-friendly and creative workspace. The materials used in its carpentry are 100% recycled; the paint used to decorate the interior is non-toxic; everything within the building itself has been innovatively designed to reduce waste and conserve energy.
The building’s office furniture is supplied by Ahrend, recent recipients of the Cradle to Cradle Company Award for outstanding performance in sustainability and all carpentry in the building was carried out by Dresd, who use 100% recycled materials taken from film sets. The Graypants Cardboard lighting and the Less Chair cardboard chairs by Giorgio Caporaso were provided by E-Side, sustainable concept store now reference point for Architects and Interior Designers looking for eye-catching, modern, sustainable furniture made from natural and low-toxic materials.
Carbon reduction is a passion for the business, with energy consumption monitored and complete energy shutdown mandatory throughout the building at night. Similarly, Huckletree is committed to only using electrical goods and hardware which are EDT compliant or Energy Star rated, something which is expected to help the business reduce its energy consumption by up to 75%.
This is coupled with a smart waste management policy – with recycling locations on every floor of the workspace. A digital company, all documents are stored and share via the Cloud, and paperless billing in mandatory for those renting space at Huckletree. Printing is discouraged, but when it is necessary, the paper provided is chlorine-free and with high amounts of recycled content. For each print made, Huckletree makes a donation to Trees for Cities – its charity partner.
Brick, glass and wood offset by lashings of natural daylight creates a spacious contemporary environment that gives a respectful nod to nature. The installation of Graypants’ Scrap Light and the cardboard Less Chairs by Caporaso are testimony to the product’s impeccable green credentials and cool aesthetics – ultimately showing how the humble cardboard can be worked into a beautiful yet practical piece that can be appreciated and enjoyed everyday and by all.