Offices are notorious energy users – scores of humming computers, rows of fluorescent tube lighting and stacks of paper contribute to create significant carbon emissions and wasted energy.
Why not consider these five tips to make your office more environmentally friendly and cut down on your overheads?
Morgan Lovell, an office interior-design company, has become the first organisation to Britain to achieve BSI’s certification to new energy management system standard.
Their London office is the first to ever receive a BS EN 16001, thanks to the implementation of processes and systems to improve energy efficiency.
Threadneedle Property Investment has announced plans to partner with Stanhope, an emissions monitoring agency and Carbon Trust, in an attempt to develop environmentally friendly office space within the UK.
This new partnership will capitalise on the compulsory eco-deadline of 2019, by offering eco-conversions to businesses that have no choice but to meet the new standards.
And with 90% of existing properties being more than 10 years old there is a lot of potential customers for Threadneedle properties.
Tired of the hustle and bustle of your city offices? The commute to work, the traffic, the rush to get the last decent sandwich at lunch-time… if only there was a way to get away from it all for minute… a breath of fresh air would be lovely!
Well, the National Trust have come up with a novel and rather amusing way to help us out. As they put it themselves, it is the “ultimate solution for the office-bound”.
Andrew McLaughlin, head of communications for the National Trust said about the fun, new product, “With most of us living in an urban environment and having little time to escape to the great outdoors, we thought it was about time the National Trust shared just a fraction of our copious amounts of fresh air with the nation.” (more…)
Car manufacturer Volkswagen has made significant savings by reorganising their office energy usage.
They have been working on the project to reduce their energy usage in their offices and headquarters since 2005, and it came into full effect last year. Volkswagen have reported to have made a 86% saving of energy in the last year, compared to 2005 – the equivalent of 1,400 households’ energy. Head of Group IT, Klaus Hardy Mühlec announced the results of their hard work at the CeBIT 2010 in Hanover. (more…)
Tired of strip lighting and swivel chairs? Is your lonely potted plant looking a little bit sad and wilted on your desk? Then why not get your colleagues together and create a garden for your office!
An office garden is a great way to get colleges working together on a fun project that isn’t another work related team bonding exercise. Anyone can do it, in any kind of office. You don’t need to have an immense roof-top space to create your own Garden of Eden. (more…)
Nearly three quarters of UK companies are refusing to comply with new legislation for energy use disclosure.
A report in The Independent shows a reluctance from British companies to disclose the amount of heating and lighting they waste for commercial properties they rent out or sell.
This shows a worrying pattern that may cause the UK to miss its European Union target to reduce 20% by 2020. It is estimated that about one fifth of British emissions come from industry and commercial activity. (more…)
A converted mill in Lancashire has won funding in a Government community green make-over competition. The office space and business centre in the heart of rural Lancashire was awarded part of the £500,000 funding to help introduce and install green technologies into the site.
Halton Mill, near Lancaster will benefit from the funding along with twelve other projects across the country. The money will help them to insulate the 100 year old building and install solar panels and hydro turbines. (more…)