Promote Your Green Policy and Cut Costs by Making the Right Office Move
When searching for a new office facility most of us think location, location before contemplating the advantages the dwelling can have on our green policies and expenditure. You don’t need to compromise one for the other; you simply need to know the right questions to ask and what to look for when viewing a property.
A typical office can account for nearly 40% of CO2 emissions. Further to that office equipment can contribute more than 20% of the energy used in the property, which in some cases can escalate to 70%. There are many actions that you can employ yourself to reduce your energy and water, as well as activities landlords can conduct to ensure your green policies are reflected and energy bills are reduced.
Questions to ask when viewing a property
When viewing a property it is important to ask the right questions. Here are a few examples that can help you to identify any potential cracks before you draw up the floor plans:
- Are there any heating and cooling systems? Have their registers been checked for any blocks? Are they energy efficient?
- Has an energy assessment been carried out? What changes if any have been implemented?
- Are there any low-flow faucets to help conserve water?
- Does the property hold any energy efficiency accreditations?
If it’s a new build ask,
- Did the landlord use technologies and best practices to ensure a low carbon footprint?
If it’s an existing property ask,
- Have any renovations and management improvements been put into place to lower energy consumption?
Actions landlords can take to improve energy efficiency and attract tenants
Showing accreditations from bodies such as the National Energy Foundation (NEF) will help to attract tenants who wish to promote and build upon their green policies. Undergoing an energy assessment and implementing the recommended changes will also make your advertisement a lot more attractive.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) must be provided to prospective clients at the earliest opportunity. The certificate will last for ten years and can be reused indefinitely within that period. However, updating the EPC must be done at the landlord’s expense.
There are a couple of schemes that can help unburden the cost of energy efficiency improvements, but many are first come first served and are time sensitive. For example the Landlord’s Energy Saving Allowance (LESA) offers £1,500 worth of energy efficiency improvements expires in April 2015 and the Boiler Scrappage Scheme under the Green Deal can only be offered to the first 125,000 dwellings.
What you can do to in the office
There is a lot that can be done in the office by businesses. Simply equipping the office with recycle bins, switching off monitors and electrical outlets when not in use and reminding employees of your green policy with wall hangings can contribute to a greener and cost efficient environment.
Sourcing energy efficient equipment such as printers and copiers and purchasing office supplies wisely can also help to expand your green policy. There are many companies out there that offer recycled office supplies and businesses that lease office equipment whilst promoting environmentally friendly printing. Shop around to source the best option for the business and you’ll be surprised that you won’t ever need to compromise quality for efficiency.
Implementing all of these actions with the addition of an environmentally conscious dwelling will help you to build and promote your green policies and cut energy bills.
This article was written by George Gay, Fund Manager, Direct Property at Thames River whose portfolio includes Central Reading Offices. The impressive office space Reading includes Forbury Court and Havell House, which offer flexible and high specification dwellings that meet the needs of growing businesses across a wide spectrum of industries.