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As the infection rate from the COVID-19 virus increase by the day, so as the focus on (IAQ) Indoor Air Quality is being highlighted during this time. The spotlight now turns to indoor environments and how everyone will feel safe in an enclosed air-conditioned space.

The Invisible Enemy

In the past, indoor air pollution in offices caused by toxic substances like asbestos, formaldehyde, and airborne dust particle circulation has always been a concern with regards to IAQ. So little has been done to even consider the more immediate health threats like bacteria and viruses until today.

Agile office space is fast becoming the new standard in workplace design. This approach to the work environment is empowering and aimed at improving productivity among employees. The flexibility offered breaks free from the constrictions of the old days of cubicle-based workplaces. Agile workspaces are the new standard and this trend is definitely more than just a fad. Needless to say, it is the realistic future of the workforce that deconstructs your idea of boring office space and transforms it to feel and function like a living organism.

Principles of Agile Work Environments

What is an “agile office”? Before you can jump into the project of transforming your work environment with a revamped design, it is important to know exactly what constitutes an agile working space. Don’t confuse agile workspaces with an open floor plan – it’s more than that. It operates on the tenets that employees require collaborative time with their co-workers, just as much as they do need time to focus on executing their individual projects. It is all about a balance of both and having a work environment that can adapt to your needs accordingly.

"Simply put, the agile work environment is part of the work being done, not just a location where you do work".

How do you shape your existing working space and transform it into an agile work environment? It is important to know the basic principles so you can find ways to incorporate that into your new design.

The sustainability movement started in the US and some parts of the UK a few years ago. Asian businesses are finally catching on to this and the trend of green building is on the rise in Asia. There is no doubt that this upward trajectory will continue as more and more countries are adopting the green building practices given its many benefits. The year-on-year numbers are definitely a positive sign, particularly when it comes to green building certifications issued.

"Introducing the concepts of green design to create an environment-friendly workplace is now at the top of priority for many businesses in Singapore and Asia, as it should be."

Corporate Interior Design in Singapore is often neglected due to cost savings from the small and medium enterprise in the country. More often these businesses tend to cut corners and save on capital expenditures during the office fit out. Local clients intending to renovate their office space prefer to hire contractors than actual interior design companies.

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The Cost Factor

Price is the main reason why clients prefer contractors to interior design companies. These contractors are usually one-man shows that sub-contract the works to smaller sub-contractors specialized in each individual task.

The contractors hire freelancers to draw simple layouts. Or gets drawings and ideas from prospective clients who asked for test fits or design proposals (RFP) from various interior design companies. Consequently, the interior design companies just work for free.

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