Yesterday I went on a fascinating tour, with Green Business Dorset, of Winchester University. The Environmental and Energy Manager guided us through the energy efficiency and sustainability improvements they have made over the last few years. Despite the campus being on challenging terrain (you really do need a decent pair of shoes!) and having a number of 1960 legacy building they had really come up with some innovative ways to ensure their buildings were either designed, refurbished, or modified to use as less energy as possible.
Even buildings designed and built 5 years ago were being modified. Their most recent new buildings were designed with a BREEM consultant involved right at the concept stage to ensure the buildings were designed with sustainability in mind.
Of course not may businesses have the luxury of designing new premises, however there are a huge number of possibilities for improving energy efficiency, and with such technological advances many of these modifications have the magic 2 year payback.
LED lighting has improved and reduced in cost dramatically in the last year or two. Only last month one of our clients was about to carry out an office refit. They’d previously looked at LED lighting a few years ago and decided it was too expensive, however 2 weeks before the refit was due to start they costed out installing LEDs, and to their amazement the payback was less than two years, so they went for it!
There are so many ways to reduce your energy bill, and environmental impact, so before dismissing ideas and perceiving them as being too expensive investigate the latest technologies and speak to businesses who have had the vision and desire to improve…