Fit-outs contribute 43% of a building’s lifetime carbon emissions*. Let’s fix that
Attractive Net Zero Carbon offices that save money thanks to the Circular Economy
Transform your office and the planet with beautiful, sustainable interior design
Our mission is to substantially reduce the carbon emissions and cost of offices. To do this, we have reinvented the interior design process, which we offer as design only, Design + Furnish, or in a turnkey Design Build Maintain Reuse (DBMR) contract. Our 60+ projects to date across the UK prove that offices can be beautiful, sustainable and cost less.
How we help:
Interior design traditionally focuses only on aesthetics. We changed this by bringing science-based approaches to reducing carbon emissions and achieving staff productivity – without compromising on aesthetics.
Design + Furnish
We know the most sustainable, best value-for-money sources of furniture – including what can be remanufactured from your existing offices. Carbon emissions are calculated and minimised as part of project carbon budgetting.
Design Build Maintain Reuse
Design & Build is not good enough. Offices and their contents need to be maintained and redeployed at the end of each life – not sent to landfill, which creates costs and carbon emissions. Design Build Maintain Reuse (DBMR) solves these problems.
Design for Net Zero
Our Net Zero Carbon fit-out design process was developed with British Land, Lendlease, VINCI Facilities, TP Bennett and the Carbon Trust, integrating best practices across the eight RIBA design and development stages. The process sets and meets carbon budgets – without compromising on aesthetics or performance.
This ground-breaking approach reduces furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) emissions by over 50% immediately and by 90% in subsequent fitouts, per the Science Based Targets initiative’s recommended pathway.
Circular Economy sourcing
70% of a non-domestic building’s lifetime carbon emissions are embodied. Using the Circular Economy reduces these emissions by 80%.
Unlike most design firms, we start by assessing what is available:
- Existing rooms, kitchens, services, AV/IT and FF&E
- FF&E being cleared from other offices
- Pioneering sustainable materials made locally from waste materials
- The most sustainable new furniture that can be remanufactured for multiple lives
These are integrated into an attractive, productive design, with upgrades and remanufacturing specified as needed. This reduces carbon, waste and costs.
The Circular Economy brings up-front cost savings compared with using products made from virgin materials, whose multi-stage processing around the world pays profit margins to many intermediaries.
And remanufacturing avoids end-of-lease strip-out and disposal costs.
Social value creation
We create local value by engaging local Social Enterprises, SMEs and staff furthest from the workforce.
Materials and FF&E are sourced and remanufactured locally, supporting local jobs.
Our sourcing of materials made from post-consumer waste avoids landfill, so we are not passing on our waste problem to future generations.
Attracting staff back to the office
Human-centred design is integral to staff attendance, productivity, and engagement.
We design for the post-COVID world, incorporating biophilia, design for disability, ergonomics, agile working and technology integration into our schemes. Staff consultation and examination of workflows and collaboration shape our designs.
We think beyond workstations to work settings – spaces such as booths, pods, innovation areas and hybrid working zones designed for new working styles.
Our team’s qualifications include a Doctorate in sustainable building design, Masters qualifications in Architecture and Interior Design, and degrees in Architecture, Science, Structural Engineering, and Textile Engineering.
These skills, combined with decades of experience in design, sustainability and construction, enable us to provide the best possible science-based advice to clients.
Projects by the Nezo Interiors team
Transport for Wales HQ
BP Chargemaster HQ
NHS Public Health Wales
Our team has won a range of awards for its office designs, including:
- Prosperous Future Generations Award 2021
- Green Apple International Silver Award for Environmental Best Practice 2017
- Constructing Excellence in Wales Award for Value 2017
- Sustain Wales Award for Innovation in Public Services 2017
- HSJ Value Award 2018
- NHS Sustainability Award for Leadership 2017
- NHS Sustainability Award for Procurement 2017
- NHS Sustainability Awards Highly Commended for Carbon 2017
- NHS Sustainability Awards Highly Commended for Reuse 2017
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* Source: Treloar, GJ. Et al, 1999, Embodied energy analysis of fixtures, fittings and furniture in office buildings, Facilities, Volume 17, Number 11, pp. 403-409 (Accessed on 14 June 2019 at https://www.academia.edu/18481731/Embodied_energy_analysis_of_fixtures_fittings_and_furniture_in_office_buildings)