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Reducing the impact of buildings​

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There are several ways that the impact of buildings can be reduced: Energy

  • Use energy efficient appliances

  • Turn off appliances rather than using standby

  • Use programmable on/off timers

  • Use energy saving settings on computers and appliances

  • Where implement renewable energy sources to reduce energy consumption from non-renewable sources. Some technologies to consider include: Solar panels for energy or hot water, micro-wind, biomass boilers or heat pumps

The Carbon Trust’s ‘Better Business Guide to Energy Saving’ helps to identify where energy and cost savings could be made.

They also have energy efficient guides outlining some more specific ways that you can improve the energy efficiently of office buildings.

Additionally, The Carbon Trust has a tool that can be used to assess the potential for investing in more energy efficient solutions.

Plymouth Energy Community offer the opportunity to implement solar panels on the roof of your organisation and benefit from lower energy bills while also helping to tackle fuel poverty within the community. Additionally, they can help provide advice on energy efficiency and run training for you employees on energy efficiently.

The Energy Saving Trust provide information on energy efficient and clean energy and have several resources that can be used to inform you about the different actions you could be taking to ensure you buildings are as energy efficient as possible. They also offer advice and training to organisations. Water

  • Fit water saving devices on taps (e.g. flow regulators)

  • Install dual-flush toilets

  • Fix leaky taps and pipes

  • Utilise rainwater harvesting

Heating

  • Keep boilers in good working condition

  • Utilise heating controls, such as timers or thermostats, to heat buildings effectively

  • Fit insulation around hot water pipes

  • Ensure your building is well insulated

Insulation

  • Ensure that the roof, walls and floor of buildings are well insulated

  • Seal gaps around windows and doors

  • Fit double glazing

Lighting

  • Use LED lighting

  • Implementing a ‘switch off’ policy

Plymouth energy community offer a free lighting survey to help you switch to energy efficient LED lighting Plymouth Energy Community | LED Lighting Materials

  • Limit paper use, only printing when absolutely necessary and utilising both sides of the paper.

  • Remove disposable paper, cups and utensils

  • Provide recycling facilities and encourage employees to use these

  • Communicate your material conservation commitment to employees by including this in you environmental policy and action plan

  • Purchase from sustainable supplies were possible

  • Develop a waste policy that looks at how you can minimise waste throughout your organisation and ensure that any remaining waste is recycled to work towards a circular economy

WRAP have a range of resources that can help you to reduce the level of waste you produce and work towards a more circular waste model, with a particular focus on food and plastic waste. WRAP - Circular Economy & Resource Efficiency Experts

The world green building council outline a few other important changes that can be considered: How can we make our buildings green? | World Green Building Council (worldgbc.org)


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