The Importance of Sustainability in Commercial Real Estate Industry

The next big thing for real estate industry: SustainabilityThe property industry represents one ninth of Australia’s GDP (the largest of any sector), employs 1.1 million Australians (more than mining and manufacturing combined) and generates $72 billion in tax revenues to fund community services. This means that sustainability in the real estate sector affects a lot of people and businesses.

We commonly speak of sustainability at the residential level. It is common to hear about recycling, rain water harvesting and energy alternatives for homeowners. But what about sustainability in the commercial real estate industry?

Large business centres are inhabited by thousands of people during the work hours. Business areas are high on energy and water consumption. Over the years, businesses have understood that going green isn’t just a philanthropic decision. There are many cost benefits to it.

To meet the environmental standards and derive competitive gains, it is important to incorporate sustainability into commercial real estate sector as well.

ProjectLink has listed out some of the latest trends and advantages to drive real estate developers to include sustainable concepts in their designs. Be in know to realize more benefits from sustainability.


Office Space Design Ideas to Foster Productivity

Design a productive office like Atlassian - one of Australia’s most successful technology companies
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Today’s work-force is geared towards long hours. Their work ethic is very different from the generations before. A young office-goer of the millennial generation is looking for larger meaning from the workplace. To tap this excitement and harness their productivity, organisations are required to put efforts in making their workplaces more exciting.

If you have been looking at office spaces for a while, you could not have missed the news about the spanking new Atlassian office in Sydney!

Atlassian – one of Australia’s most successful technology companies – understands the motivation and environment that drives young tech employees and has been working tirelessly to create one of the coolest new office spaces.

Head of workplace experience at Atlassian Brent Harman told news sources the new office was all about ‘creating a reason for staff to get out of the office for the 15 minutes break’.

Besides the perks of a young and hip office culture, Atlassian provides food catering, snacks, and plenty of entertainment options for the staff. They have created an “urban-jungle” vibe as you enter the space and integrated simple iPad based technology to ease sign-in for visitors.

Atlassian has added a fully-catered kitchen with an ice cream freezer, and unlimited access to snacks
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Quick on the heels of Atlassian is another technology company –Dropbox. “The concept is bringing the home into the workplace,” Deeps De Silva, head of marketing APAC & Japan, told news sources during a tour. “It’s very like an Australian living room. The hours you spend in the office are significant, and we wanted an environment people to feel comfortable in. It’s an extension of a home to our customers and our users as well.” Their Australian office has an open-plan structure with a beautiful and minimalist Scandinavian inspired look. They have been particular in creating spaces that are comfortable and user-friendly.

While their offices may seem relatively cool, companies like Atlassian and Dropbox, run tight ships! Their philosophy is to provide all the right comforts and perks, so employee productivity can be maximized for the business.

There is no rocket science to the way these spaces are created.

Read the complete blog post here to see a quick breakdown of how a well designed office space can foster productivity.


Tips to Get the Best Out of your Home Remodel

Budget-friendly home renovation tips

When remodeling your home, there can be a lot of factors to think about besides the design. There are many things that are based on cost, safety, permits, etc. It is important to be aware of all these factors before you start the work.

Consider the tips below to make sure you have an affordable and hassle-free home remodel that you can be really proud of!

Bang for your Buck

If you don’t have the budget to remodel the entire house. Consider doing one big fabulous change to your home. Deciding to open a room by removing a wall, or getting rid of the attic to build a well-lit atrium can really make a difference to your design. Although this will be a bit expensive it will add great value to the house! Primarily cost is a decisive factor and can sometimes be a real spanner in the works.

Kitchen Savings

Tips for remodelling a kitchen on a budgetA kitchen remodeling is one of the most expensive affairs. However, if you plan it well you can get some nifty places to save money. The important aspect of the kitchen is the countertop. A well picked countertop can add aesthetic and efficiency to the kitchen.

Although it is a home-owners dream to have a beautiful granite or marble counter, this may not always suit the budget. In our previous blog, we spoke of engineered stone that is available in a variety of colors and give you durability at a good price.

In case your budgets don’t accommodate engineered stone, you can also install ones in the laminate. Laminate tops are also easy to clean and can be even found in stone textures.

Get a Designer!

Hire the right professional for home remodelNever underestimate the architect’s expertise. It is a reasonable and smart investment to consider paying a designer for a basic consultation on space management, they will be able to suggest well designed and suitable cabinets for your budget and space requirements. On occasion, designers are also comfortable sharing the details of contractors and distributors directly so you can save costs. The designer can also provide you with 3D drawings of your space, this will allow for you to check out various color and texture option with ease and give you the confidence to finalise on your decisions.

“Kitchens consistently top home renovation project lists on Houzz, with most people hiring a professional to assist,” says Jason Chuck, managing director of Houzz Australia and New Zealand.

The Houzz survey show:

  • The majority of those renovating their kitchen are upgrading appliances.
  • When replacing flooring, 40 per cent of homeowners use hardwood in their upgraded kitchens.
  • Engineered quartz is the favoured choice when replacing benchtops, followed by wood, stainless steel and concrete.


Bathroom on a Budget

Bathroom renovation on a budgetIt is certain that a bathroom can make a bold statement in the home. Often, a beautifully designed bathroom is a homeowner’s pride and joy. It gives the house an aspect of luxury that no other room can!

It is good to remember that when renovating the bathroom on a budget, the devil is in the details. Construction related issues like leaky shower alcoves, excess water pooling, and bad tiling work can cause structural damage to your house. It also encourages mould growth which can be a serious health hazard to your family members.

While it is easy to swayed by the latest design trends in magazines, ensure that you pick a design that you are able to live with for some years. Choose the storage and vanity wisely, be certain you can appreciate the look for years and the storage supports all your needs. Ascertain with your contractor or supplier that the materials are moisture resistant.

Don’t skimp on proper waterproofing and plumbing – this is will pay-off in the long run. Bathrooms usually look great with ceramic or porcelain tiles, these also water-resistant, pick neutral colors and balance your patterns so you can live with for a long period of time.

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