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Green building tips that combine sustainability with style

JLL issues top tips during World Green Building Week (22 – 27 September)


JLL Graham TaylorBirmingham 23 September 2014 – During World Green Building Week (22 – 27 September), global real estate advisors, JLL, offers advice on some innovative steps to make offices and industrial buildings more sustainable.

Graham Taylor, buidling consultancy director at JLL in Birmingham admits major projects to install energy-efficient or sustainable measures can be challenging for some businesses, but even taking one or two steps can make a huge impact in terms of cost and green credentials.

“Being green is finally being seen as making smart business sense and increasingly a property’s sustainability credentials are making an impact on its value,” adds Graham.

“Sustainability is key for us at JLL, whether we’re marketing properties, managing facilities or working with developers on new buildings – ensuring it’s as environmentally sound as possible, is at the heart of what we do. And it’s also a rapidly developing world. That’s why we’re sharing some tips and ideas that cover everything from some simple, affordable options to the latest technologies that combine sustainability with style.”

Graham Taylor's top sustainability tips are as follows:
 

Lighting

Supplement conventional lighting with light tubes, or ‘sun pipes’ to make the most of sunlight during daylight hours. A system originally developed by the ancient Egyptians these devices reply on reflective materials to literally pipe natural light into buildings.

Luminous Textile Panels - new lighting system that integrates multi-coloured LEDs within acoustic textile panels. They can change colour and with a software solution, you can upload dynamic content in to these textiles. These bring spaces alive.
 

Rainwater harvesting

Install rain water catchment devices. Use collected water for flushing toilets, watering green roof. If water is captured at the roof level, a small hydroelectric system could generate power as the water drops to ground level, delivering greater energy efficiency as well

Controls

The ability to control your space via an application on your mobile device and across all platforms is now a reality. The days of the old thermostat on the wall are numbered, with the arrival of intelligent software and devices, such as Nest, that adjust controls according to actual and real-time building use.

Composting

Having a compost collection in kitchen for food scraps, compostable plates and cutlery is a simple step to cutting waste and can also be used energy generation.
 

Transport

Provide charging points for electric vehicles and prioritise or incentivise car sharing schemes for employees. Have a pool of hybrid or electric vehicles for business related journeys.
 

Planting – indoor and out

Plant pollution-controlling trees directly outside the building, and include planting inside the building to improve indoor air quality and the general working environment. ‘Living Walls’ are a popular way of improving the atmosphere – in both senses. Install roof gardens and communal vegetable gardens for staff to grow food.

Eco-friendly furniture

Office furniture without toxic elements. Widely use of cotton and wood.
Paints, carpets and finishes that have lower VOC and other toxicity compositions
 

Community energy

Work with the local community to enhance the sustainability of your buildings. Consider solar panels installed on behalf of community energy groups

For the ultimate in people power, take a look at generating electricity from footsteps See www.pavegen.com
 

Energy & Waste

Consider biofuels. Boilers fuelled by waste vegetable oil collected and refined from local restaurants and cafes are becoming increasingly common.