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Sustainability in Workspace Design: Insights from Gerry Lee, Regional Director of T1 Glass and Executive Board Member, CoreNet Global [Singapore Chapter]


In this Q&A session, we sit down with Gerry Lee, Regional Director of T1 Glass and an Executive Board Member of CoreNet Global [Singapore Chapter], to discuss the significance of sustainability in modern workspace design. Gerry shares his unique insights on how T1 Glass is integrating sustainable practices into its operations and the broader industry trends he observes through his role at CoreNet Global [Singapore Chapter]. This conversation highlights T1 Glass’s commitment to reducing environmental impact while maintaining high standards of quality, customisability, and design by prioritising energy management and emissions reduction, with a system to track and optimise energy consumption. 

Q1: As T1 Glass’s Regional Director and Executive Board Member of CoreNet Global [Singapore Chapter], how do you define sustainability in the context of workspace design? 

Gerry Lee: Sustainability in workspace design involves creating environments that are efficient, conducive to productivity, and have a minimal environmental footprint. It is about using resources wisely, reducing waste, and ensuring the longevity and adaptability of workspaces to meet future needs. 


Q2: How does your role with CoreNet Global [Singapore Chapter] influence your perspective on sustainability at T1 Glass?  

Gerry Lee: Being part of CoreNet Global [Singapore Chapter] provides a broader view of industry trends and best sustainability practices through learning from various sustainability experts in the real estate industry. This role allows me to bring valuable insights and innovative ideas back to T1 Glass. It helps us stay informed about the latest sustainable practices and incorporate them into our operations, aligning with industry standards.


Q3: Can you share some specific sustainable practices that T1 Glass has adopted in its product development and operations?  

Gerry Lee: Absolutely. At T1 Glass, we focus on eco-office practices, such as upcycling used or loose materials to create product samples and mock-ups. Additionally, our products are designed to be modular and easily configurable. For example, due to the innovative capping system, our single-glazed offset partitions can be configured into double-glazed systems without needing to replace the entire partition framing. This extends the usability of our products as needs change, which also results in reduced costs given the lesser work scope and downtime for the reconfiguration. 


Q4: How do you see the future of sustainability in workspace design evolving, and what role will T1 Glass play in this evolution?  

Gerry Lee: The future of sustainability in workspace design is moving towards greater innovation and integration of smart technologies that enhance efficiency and environmental responsibility. T1 Glass envisions a sustainable future, integrating environmental stewardship into our business by reducing waste, conserving resources, and promoting a circular economy. We are committed to continuously improving our practices and developing products that support a greener and more sustainable future. 


To conclude, Gerry’s unique perspective as both T1 Glass’s Regional Director and the Executive Board Member of CoreNet Global [Singapore Chapter] underscores the importance of sustainability in modern workspace design. Through dedicated efforts and a commitment to continuous improvement, T1 Glass is setting new standards in the industry, ensuring that its products contribute to a more sustainable and productive future. Stay tuned to T1 Glass's sustainability initiative journey to learn more about how we are driving positive environmental impact in the workspace solutions industry. 


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