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TOPIC: Getting Sustainability right

Getting Sustainability right 2 years, 7 months ago #1

I pose a question to all users and delegates: Is there enough guidance available to ensure organisations, public sector and central government can deliver sustainable operations which are both environmentally friendly and efficient?
Last Edit: 2 years, 7 months ago by Scott Buckler.

Re: Getting Sustainability right 2 years, 7 months ago #2

Having gone to last years event and meeting various companys we are in the advance planning stage of Solar Panels on one of the Cadet Training Sites that will hopefully pay for it self by year 8-9. Looking forward to this years.
Last Edit: 2 years, 7 months ago by Scott Buckler.

Re: Getting Sustainability right 2 years, 7 months ago #3

Guy, that's really great to hear and a very good investment. We look forward to seeing you at this years Conference and please feel free to keep our users updated with your installation.

Re: Getting Sustainability right 2 years, 7 months ago #4

Currently we are looking at water taps which reduce the amount of water you can use. I have seen a lot of taps on line that allows you to do this, but there all for domestic use and we require these taps for commercial use because we have over 500 people visit our building each day. We have looked at also using sensor taps, but they all use of electricity, in which we do not wish increase our electricity output.

Also we are looking to reducing the reduction of water in urinals; the research I have done on-line, once you reduce the water in the urinals they bring on additional problems, which include you gain a lot of odours and addition to this you would need to buy a lot of chemicals. Any suggestions?

Re: Getting Sustainability right 2 years, 7 months ago #5

You may find it useful to try the Waterwise website for more information on water reduction management- www.waterwise.org.uk . Defra may also be helpful

Re: Getting Sustainability right 2 years, 7 months ago #6

Elaine, We are Douglas Delabie a private company and a specialist supplier of Water Saving washroom controls for the Public and Commercial environments.We are also a partner with GovToday and participated in their recent conference and exhibition 'Sustainable Development in the NHS.' Our products are designed to withstand 500,000 operations and are warrantied against manufacturing defects for a period of 3 years for Infra Red taps and mixers and 10 years for mechanical time flow controls, so Durability is not an issue.

Innovation, has led us design time flow taps and mixers with a soft touch operation to make it easier for the very young ot olders users, the Temposoft 2 is factory regulated to deliver 4 litre per min( at 3.0 bar). flow rate adjustment can be made by the Contractor or Energy manager. We also have introduced a Tempomatic 4 non touch basin mixer where the Lithium Battery, electronic and solenoid valve are all intergrated into the Basin Tap or Mixer, simplifying installation and maintenance. Battery life is 3 -5 years. We have a large number of our products listed on the Water Technology List ECA Scheme.

For more information please contact via www.douglasdelabie.co.uk or on Tel 01491 824449

Re: Getting Sustainability right 2 years, 7 months ago #7

I was wondering if you need planning permission for Solar PV? Is there a difference between a home and business for planning permission? I know each county will have its own set of rules.

Re: Getting Sustainability right 2 years, 7 months ago #8

Dear Bob,

Our objectives for this year are:

1. Reduce carbon emissions from road vehicles used for Government administrative operations by 7.5% by the end of 2011, against 2010 baseline
2. To reduce paper consumption by 5% by the end of 2011, against 2010 baseline
3. To maintain the record of 100% of paper purchased having recycled content
4. Reduce water consumption by 2% by the end of 2011, relative to 2010 baseline
5. To reduce carbon emissions from offices by 6.25% by the end of 2011, relative to 2010 baseline.
6. To increase efficiency per m2 by 7.5%, by the end of 2011, relative to 2010 baseline
7. To have at least 1 pilot site using electricity from CHP or 2 of the 10 pilot sites on renewable electricity tariffs, by the end of 2011
8. Reduce waste arisings by 3% by the end of 2011, against 2010 baseline.
9. Increase recycling percentage to 20% by the end of 2011.

Have you any thoughts regarding these objectives?

Re: Getting Sustainability right 2 years, 7 months ago #9

Elaine, we are Ecoprod Technique a private company specialising in water & energy saving products for commercial washrooms. We are a partner with GovToday and have participated in three of their recent conferences.
One of our main products is a unique waterless urinal technology which has a worldwide patent. It is Swiss manufactured and we have been the UK distributor since Jan 07. It is now installed and indeed specified for all commercial washroom environments including fast food, retail, manufacturing, education, sport and leisure and now more recently NHS. A recent development with a leading media company in London has led to a static/digital advertising space on the top of the urinal which means the product pays to be used. So not only can we help clients by reducing their water wastage on urinals by 100% but also produce revenue return by selling third party brand names in given locations.

If we can be of any assistance please visit our website www.ecoprod.co.uk or if you would like to speak with us direct then contact 01483 773373.

I hope this may be helpful.
Last Edit: 2 years, 7 months ago by Scott Buckler.

Tools for sustainability of the existing estates 2 years, 6 months ago #10

What tools are available to help UK Government drive sustainability good practice through it's existing portfolio? For refurbishments, retofit and fitout RICS Ska ratings can identify opportunity to do this, yet is not often used within public sector, why not?
For more information contact Tim Robinson at RICS or visit www.rics.org/ska

Re: Getting Sustainability right 2 years, 6 months ago #11

I would like to ask about embedding Sustainable Development considerations in policy and decision making. This is an area we need to focus on and it bothers me how we get people involved in policy to include SD when doing their impact assessments.

Re: Getting Sustainability right 2 years, 6 months ago #12

Camp Hill site has managed to reduce its electricity consumption at the same time as providing 40 extra prisoner places in new wings and installing additional perimeter lighting.We need to reduce our carbon emissions not only for the sake of the planet, but for our wallet too. Electricity is expensive! The monthly electricity bill for HMP Isle of Wight’s three sites was £44,000 in June this year, and in February the bill topped £59,500We installed a simple push button timer to ensure we only used the sports field flood lighting when we needed it. Before the flood lights were linked to the security lights, and they were constantly being left on due to the remoteness of the controls.Once this problem was identified, a timer switch was installed adjacent to the football pitch, giving 90 minutes of light when operated. This small adjustment has enabled these lights to be used for around 1.5 hours per week or less in the winter months, as opposed to 35 hours per week previouslyWe also replaced the old energy-sapping laundry machines on eight wings. The old tumble driers were huge 27 kilowatts (kW) monsters, and they have gradually been replaced with 7kW machines, saving approximately 610Kg carbon emissions per day. At domestic rates of consumption that would be the equivalent of around £84 per day or £30,000 per year.As the older washing machines became redundant, they were also replaced with new more efficient ones, saving even more carbon and money.Other simple but effective efficiencies at Camp Hill include:
• Reducing the size of tea boilers to suit demand
• New energy saving lights in many parts of the prison
• Heat exchange unit in Resettlement
• Old PC monitors replaced with energy saving LCD monitors
• Central heating installed to replace hot air heaters in Education
• Time control switches for hot cupboards on all wings
However, one of the easiest but most significant savings was achieved by simply asking workshop staff to turn off the lights at lunchtime. As the workshop area has around 200 twin fluorescent lights, the annual saving is around 12,000kWh (kilowatt hours) – equivalent to 6,000Kg of CO2 and around £1,500 at domestic rates of consumption

Re: Getting Sustainability right 2 years, 6 months ago #13

I have one question which I would like to post:

What are peoples views on Sedum Roof v Solar panels?

Re: Getting Sustainability right 2 years, 6 months ago #14

Sadly from my point of view guidance often seems to be disjointed and often doesn’t have any real meat on the bone. What we need is SMART targets with the resources to achieve them rather than lurching from one political ‘initiative’ to the other. Also, our political masters should understand that there are some genuine spend to save opportunities out there that should be seized.

Re: Getting Sustainability right 2 years, 5 months ago #15

Hi Elaine,

Please take a look at this article in the Telegraph which highlights your point very well and should be an eye opener to us all-

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