A company’s environmental credentials can affect its reputation enormously. But 'going green' not only enhances your organisation’s good name and reduces its negative impact on the environment – it will also save you money in the long run. Here are some tips to help.
1. Go green from day one - The Green Building Council of Australia offers the Green Star ratings system to advise on the use of sustainable and energy-efficient materials to fit out a new office. Installing effective lighting and ensuring good integration with the base building management system will boost an office’s rating. Integration with the building’s management system means connecting to the building’s computer system to give you greater control over many aspects of the physical office, including lighting. (See point 2.) The more forethought at the start, the easier it is to maintain an efficient and workable system. Choosing certain materials for furnishings and carpets, for example, will not only help with future recycling opportunities but will also ensure air quality within the premises is not compromised. (Out, formaldehyde smell!)It’s possible to monitor your green credentials. The best way to start your journey is to measure your output and benchmark it against others. A national initiative called CitySwitch has been designed to improve office energy and waste efficiency through a variety of different services, tools and workbooks. Giving tenants an energy rating for their office space (independent of the base building, which will have its own rating for core services) helps them understand what needs to change, and assists them in making those changes.