Business decisions today have definitely changed focus. In the past, it was all about profit margins, having a strong product, reaching the right audience, but today is all about making business decisions that are eco responsible. Being environmentally accountable has become an important issue for businesses today and it’s not just related to the products or services offered, but also to corporate behaviour. Many businesses are growing rapidly these days and expanding without relocating, which means many see themselves faced with space limitations. Raised storage areas or mezzanine floors are the most common answers to such problems, but even when it comes to a simple decision such as building an elevated level, businesses need to consider environmental concerns. It basically all comes down to the materials used and green materials have gained a lot of ground lately.
Concrete vs engineered wood
Most contractors used concrete when building mezzanine floors, because they are familiar with the building material and it has been used extensively. Concrete is also as sturdy as you get, it’s waterproof and non-combustible, all being very good reasons to choose it as primary material. However, as far as eco-friendly goes, engineered wood might be a better alternative. This is not just about the material itself, but also about the structure’s entire life. A big problem with new constructions is that at the end of their lives, there’s usually a considerable amount of disposal materials, which can or cannot be recycled. In the case of engineered wood, this amount is significantly lower than other decking materials. Apart from the landfill volume generated by the structures, there are also other environmental factors to be considered, such as global warming – an obvious concern with concrete – acidification, smog production, eutrophication and fossil energy. In all these fields, engineered wood dockings have proved to cause a significantly less environmental impact than concrete. Looking at the data, the decision seems simple, but businesses have other concerns too, such as cost or sustainability.
Cost of environmentally friendly mezzanine floors
At first sight, engineered wood decking looks like a much more expensive investment than any other choice of mezzanine panels, but the truth is that cost effective alternatives can be found and these decks are not as pricey as businesses seem to think. It goes down to researching the market well, finding the right supplier and designing the right kind of structure for your needs, in order to not waste any materials or space for that matter. Whatever the final cost turns up to be, businesses need to balance it against how much today’s industrialisation and modernisation have already polluted the air, water and land, continuously destroying the environment. This needs to be slowed down and choosing greener materials for elevated structures is just as good as a first step as anything else.