It was not long ago that when law firms moved to new digs, they had them designed with the old-school method. Wood paneling on the walls, numerous window-less interior offices for junior associates and paralegals, and the coveted oversized corner offices for senior partners and rainmakers. During the past few years however, that has changed. Law firms are going green, and the traditional law office floor plans have morphed.

What Is a Green Office?

When a company moves to a new location or is involved in a major retrofit of an existing premises and has a sustainability goal, there are certain basic issues to be considered. The first one, as with any construction job in a commercial building, is what (if any) are the landlord’s sustainability practices? Do they require green building methods? Is the building itself certified under a green building rating system? But, even if the green construction train is not driven by the landlord, a tenant could have its own sustainability plan.

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