So holy BREEAM and Cradle to Cradle folks. Because the best award for Greenest Building is in the Netherlands that went “Cradle To Cradle”. It’s because the head office of dryer and cooler manufacturer Geelen Counterflow in Haelen, The Netherlands most importantly is it. It’s the most sustainable office in the world. Therefore receiving a 99.94% score in the BREEAM certification system.
The building for 50 office employees generates 50% more solar energy than it needs. So that’s for heating, air conditioning, lighting and computers. Now the extra energy as a result is used in the factory. It’s used for laser cutting of stainless steel and recharging of electric forklift trucks.
Furthermore, what better way to start a business? I mean to start off by caring for the environment from the very beginning? It’s quite common these days to hear about more businesses looking to go green in the office.
Being energy efficient in the workplace takes many shapes and forms. One of the best methods of energy conservation is by installing Energy Star appliances and light fixtures. Energy Star products are able to use up to 70 percent less electricity than older technology, which can significantly cut down on the cost of utilities.
Another option is to replace any artificial lighting with LED or light emitting diode bulbs, which can use up to 90 percent less electricity. Also be sure to turn off any lights when nobody is using the room. Offices spend an average of 44 percent of their annual energy usage on artificial lighting.
By ensuring colleagues remember to turn off lights as they leave a room and are using eco-friendly bulbs, you’re on the right path to greening up the office. If people seem to forget about switching off lights, install a motion sensor that turns off the lights after a certain amount of time without recognizing movement.
Along the lines of turning electronics off, one of the areas excess electricity waste comes from is computer usage. It’s estimated that nearly $1billion is wasted in workplaces. All because employees fail to turn off computers before leaving work.
So the thing many people don’t realize is even though they might not be actively using the computer: not good. I mean without simply turning off any computer electronics, or at least putting it the computer and monitor in sleep mode, ugh. That’s because the devices are still drawing on plenty of energy.
So Set up a universal battery usage plan to place computers in sleep after 10 or 15 minutes of inactivity can make a big difference.