Benefits of Access Floors

 

Creating the Perfect Working Environment

The perfect indoor environment in any commercial building should address a variety of needs including the maintainance of high-quality clean air, improving personal comfort control, attenuating noise, responding to organizational and technological changes quickly and easily, and supporting the overall aesthetic value of the building – all while being cost-effective in both construction and operation. The underfloor service distribution system created by the utilization of an access floor solution gives you the ability to address all of the factors required to create the perfect indoor environment that will reflect the goals and image of your organization.

You can take advantage of these benefits:

  • Enhanced indoor environmental quality through superior IAQ, improved acoustics, and increased daylighting opportunities
  • Maximum occupant comfort control at design inception and throughout the life of the building using underfloor air with modular ‘plug & play’ VAV or passive diffusers
  • Energy efficiency through economizer operation, and less fan energy
  • Easily adapts to technological and organizational changes over the building’s lifecycle at low cost
  • Point-of-use services wherever you need them with complete flexibility, accessibility, and unlimited capacity
  • Accelerated tax depreciation opportunities
  • Reduced first cost and construction time due to significant reduction in HVAC ductwork and use of underfloor pre-fabricated ‘plug & play’ wire/cable services
  • Reduced operating costs and lower facility and maintenance costs through accessible, flexible, and adaptable services

The Access Your Building Needs

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With the volume of power, data, and voice cables continuing to increase in today's high-performance buildings, and the popularity for underfloor air distribution as strong as it has ever been, it is vital to ensure quick and easy access to these systems for reasons of both maintenance and reconfiguration.

A modern access floor system allows you to do all of this, maintaining accessibility to the underfloor pathway without having to compromise your building's aesthetics. With each modular panel capable of being easily removed anwhere along the service path, access floors give you total control over your building's service distribution system.

The Freedom of Flexibility

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Today's business landscape is all about being agile, and your workspace needs to maintain the same flexibility your business does in order to stay competitive - maximizing both individual comfort and worker efficiency while minimizing costs.

With more than 40% of all spaces undergoing some manner of redesign each year, the demand for change has never been higher. The modular design of an access floor system allows you to easily relocate service terminals and air diffusers within minutes or rotate panels out of high-traffic areas to minimize wear. Simply swap the panels and get back to your business.

Reconfiguration and the Modern Workplace

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A step beyond flexibility, an access floor system can help ensure that your business is future proof, allowing you to completely reconfigure your workspace as your business grows and changes. Whether your building's employee work space is evolving from a collection of cubicals to a modern open floorplan, or the executive boardroom needs an update to a more modern design, an access floor system allows you to do so quickly and more affordably than traditional slab construction.

Access floor systems make it simple to replace one finish with another or add/remove partion walls - allowing your building's interior spaces and overall aesthetic to adapt to your needs both today and in the future.

Reducing the elapsed time and simplifying the process of reconfiguring office space will be critical as corporations reengineer, reorganize, and restructure while seeking to get products to market faster...While voice, data, and electrical distribution systems often are distributed above the ceiling, installing these systems under raised flooring will simplify and speed space-planning changes. - Jeff Waters, Facilities Design & Management Magazine

Increasing Usable Space

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No matter where your next project is located, you're going to be faced with building code restrictions put in place by the local municipality, with one of the most common restrictions being those placed on total building height. Utilizing an access floor system allows for a unique manner of turning that challenge into an opportunity.

On average, a commerical construction project will gain 6" in usable space per floor when designed with an access floor system versus a tradition slab. This small gain adds up quickly, and can result in several additional floors of usable space by the end of construction.

A Healthy and Productive Work Environment

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Access floors systems provide significant advantages in maintaining air quality and control of a building's environment. Air quality, access to additional sunlight, correct thermal and humidity conditioning, and proper acoustics all work together to create a comfortably maintained working environment. Properly managed environments have been proven to significantly impact employee health, comfort, and productivity. 

Keys ways access floors create a healthier working environment:

  • Deliver floor supply air at low pressure to maximize accoustic performance, energy efficiency, and maintain clean air in all occupied zones
  • Provide floor mounted diffusers with air direction, volume, and 'plug and play' placement flexibility to ensure maximum personal comfort control
  • Increase natural daylight for improved staff comfort and productivity through an overall reduction in overhead service distribution space.

The efficiency and productivity of people can be greatly increased by a greater percentage of fresh air and more natural light. - Jeffrey Hines, Buildings Magazine

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