Can you give us an example of how the application of the bioarchitecture principles affects commercial enterprises?
If a big brand has a store concept, it is the same all over the world. But if you build one store in France and one in Indonesia, you could also use different materials produced in the respective country. What is the advantage? You don’t have to make materials travel all over the world so you have a much lower environmental footprint.
Taking wood as an example: If you don’t need to make wood travel from one part of the planet to the other, you also don’t have to use chemicals in order to maintain the same look of the wood for several months before using it. By building a store in Indonesia with local materials, people entering it will immediately feel much better inside, even if they don’t know why. This way, you obtain advantages in three areas: ecology, economy, and wellbeing. And this multiplies for every material that you use inside a retail.
What would you recommend smaller retailers regarding bio-architectural design of their store?
To start immediately, even with the simplest and cheapest choice. Retailers don’t have to do it all at once, refurbishing their whole stores. Adopting all the actions that are suggested in the “Principles for Retail Sustainability” can be done in a gradual way, relating to your own singular budgets and business plans. The possibility to choose your personal timing for converting a retail store towards sustainability is the very big news of this approach. But to do it now. It will be the beginning of a new and pleasant no return journey.