DOING IT RIGHT
A carefully planned and well
When completing a renovation project in the commercial sector, it
is crucial that the day-to-day running of the business can continue
with minimal disruption. Here, Jeff Whiemore, founder and CEO of
ZipWall, explores the benefits of using a complete dust barrier system
on busy, large-scale renovation projects.
implemented renovation programme
for a business’s premises has the
potential to dramatically improve
productivity and trade. However, the renovation
process itself could have a negative and costly
impact on the day-to-day running of a business.
Research from the Journal of Property
Management found that during renovations,
building occupants are most concerned about
disruptions to their daily business operations
and highlighted the presence of dust and dirt as
a particular issue. Interruptions to daily routines,
temporarily relocating staff, and health and safety
risks can make it a practical impossibility to
maintain operation levels.
As such, it is important to look out for
solutions that best help staff and customers
throughout the disruptive renovation process. This
will help business owners, who are unable to close
down for a project, to maintain a working level
of operation and keep both staff and customers
separated from ongoing works.
Specialist dust barrier systems provide an ideal
solution when working on commercial renovation
projects. They offer a cost-effective, easy to set
up solution that helps to separate the worksite
from the rest of the premises, protecting areas
from potential damage whilst improving safety
on-site – as well as allowing a business to remain
operational throughout the renovation.
Sectioning-off the work area
The act of separating renovation areas from daily
business areas protects important merchandise from
dust, for example when working in a retail setting.
This allows peace of mind for the building owner
as they can be confident that their merchandise will
be undamaged by ongoing work and daily business
operations can continue as usual.
Furthermore, specifying a robust dust
barrier strategy will also ensure that customers
are inconvenienced as little as possible. By
separating dusty work areas from clean and
organised commercial areas, businesses can
maintain a professional image. For example,
when refurbishments are taking place in a hotel,
dust barrier systems allow building owners to
completely section off unsightly work areas and
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