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GREEN OFFICE WEEK 2016: 18 – 22 APRIL 2016

Posted at April 15, 2016 | By : | Categories : Press Room | 0 Comment

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The office building situated at 53 Dudley Road, Parkwood, houses IMBEWU Sustainability Legal Specialists (Pty) Ltd, Warburton Attorneys and the South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC). A “Sustainability Strategy” was developed for the building due to the environmental focus of each of the entities whose offices are located in the building.

The Strategy focuses on the following key areas related to the offices which have the potential to impact negatively on the environment, including:

  1. Water management;
  2. Biodiversity management;
  3. Waste management;
  4. Energy consumption; and
  5. Procurement.

There is a brief update regarding the progress made on each of these issues below to coincide with Green Office Week 2016.

Screen Shot 2016-04-15 at 11.20.56 AM1. WATER MANAGEMENT

There is a high water table underneath the building which causes drainage problems and water logging in the summer months. Excess water is pumped and stored in a water tank that has been linked to the building and is used for the irrigation of the garden as well as for the toilets and wash basins in the bathrooms. Office drinking water is filtered through a water purifying and cooling system. No bottled water is served at the building to staff or clients.

2. BIODIVERSITY MANAGEMENT

Screen Shot 2016-04-15 at 11.21.01 AMA completely indigenous garden surrounds the building. Birds, lizards and various other insects are found in the garden. The gardens surrounding the building were cleared of all invasive alien plant species prior to occupation of the premises in 2009, in order to ensure that the flora which remained was indigenous. Further indigenous plants have been introduced. There is a bird feeder, using wild bird seed, in the trees located on the premises to encourage active bird life as well as a water feature and a bird bath. We installed an owl box in the garden to attract owls, however, it had to be removed after a swarm of bees occupied the owl box. The bees were safety removed and resettled.

Screen Shot 2016-04-15 at 11.21.06 AM3. WASTE MANAGEMENT

A Waste Management Plan has been developed and the following wastes are recycled:

  1. Paper
  2. Plastics
  3. Metals
  4. Glass
  5. Electronic waste

This waste is stored on-site and is collected by a recycling company. Organic waste is recycled onsite via a worm farm, which is used for fertilizing the gardens.

4. ENERGY CONSUMPTION

A number of energy saving measures have been implemented. The lighting system in the offices has been decentralised, thus permitting the different sections of the offices to be lit separately from one another. Almost all of the light bulbs have been retrofitted with energy saving Compact Fluorescent Bulbs or Light Emitting Diodes. An internal electricity saving policy has been implemented whereby employees ensure that all lights, heaters and air conditioning units are switched off when those areas are not in use. The building’s geyser is only utilised for a maximum of 12 hours per week and it is always switched off overnight and on weekends. Electricity bills are monitored closely and billing problems have been resolved. An electricity meter has been installed in the building and the meter readings are taken to check City Power figures and charges. The aim is to source most of the energy needed for the building from solar panels in the future, when the energy saving retrofitting has been completed.

5. PROCUREMENT

Wherever possible “environmentally/eco-friendly” products and service providers who strive to apply sustainable practices are utilised for building maintenance.

For more information on the Sustainability Strategy, please contact Lulu Lewis on admin@warburtons.co.za