Whether you own the business, or the entire building, it is your responsibility as manager to ensure your building is green. According to this post on RD, a new database has become available to help building owners/investors evaluate the energy efficiency of their company building. With this in place, there are few excuses left for not implementing these changes into the core of your company. Here are just a few ways you can help make your building green.
As well as running an interior checklist, it’s worth surveying the outside of your building. Even one or two cracks in the works can cost you hundreds in the long run. One of the most cost-effective ways to survey a building nowadays is to use companies like Specialised Access Solutions who scale buildings using rappels instead of using scaffolding. In addition to this, you can request a special survey camera feed so you can see the damages yourself – handy! Scaffolding takes hours of labour to set up and dismantle, and is actually a lot more dangerous than special access.
According to this post on Construction Digital, businesses all over the UK are demanding more green buildings as a standard practice. This includes implementation of features like solar panel windows for big office buildings, and making smaller offices out of materials like timber. Despite speculation, timber buildings are the most eco-friendly types of building as this video explains:
Setting the Example
It’s not only business owners that have this responsibility. School teachers should also be implementing eco-friendly tactics in schools as a good example. This article from Living Green Magazine lists a rather useful set of rules for green schooling. Things to improve include encouraging recycling, saving paper, and educating future generations on energy saving methods.
From design to implementation, it is important to consider the environmental impacts of the materials you are using. For more information on different materials, it is a good idea to do some research so you know about the different options available to you. Wikipedia pages such as those on sustainable architecture, or steel construction information pages can tell you everything you need to know.
Making your building green is not only good for the environment – it may help generate more business for your company/institute. With the rising concern for the environment, people may be more sceptical to enroll in a company with little concern for these very simple but very important energy-saving tactics. According to this article featured on the Guardian, green roofs are being used by major building owners in Paris. They’re not only great for the environment, but they add a natural beauty to any man-made structure.
You’ll note at the end of the above article that ‘more public sector initiatives’ are needed to make features like this more widely implemented. Set a good example and go green with your building.