The Federal Government’s Accelerated Depreciation for Small Business Entities initiative is an excellent opportunity to upgrade equipment, save energy and help your small business long-term.
More than three billion disposable coffee cups are produced every year in Australia, with the majority ending up in landfill.
Lighting upgrades can be relatively straightforward and offer rapid returns on investment, ongoing operational savings, and reduced maintenance.
Computers and office equipment such as printers and photocopiers can contribute between 30 and 55 per cent of office energy use.
The CitySwitch Green Office program approaches health and wellness in the office by looking at how the built elements of an office detract or contribute to human health, wellbeing, and productivity, and what we can do to thrive in our offices.
For tenants to improve Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Office greening or biophilic design can be achieved by various means including indoor plants, views of flora and fauna (both live and in pictures), green walls and roof top gardens.
Manage waste using the waste hierarchy: avoidance is most preferable, then re-use, recyclability, recovery, then lastly disposal.
Even though installing solar PV or battery storage is often beyond the control of tenants, there are still ways tenants can control the type of energy consumed in their office.
Herbert Geer Lawyers have maximised sustainability across their Melbourne and Brisbane operations by switching to server virtualisation. This has resulted in reduced hardware and other resource needs, cut power demand and translated to savings of over $10,000 per annum.
The Australian Institute of Management implemented a comprehensive lighting upgrade in partnership with Phillips. Installing simple occupancy based sensors and upgrading to LEDs resulted in an energy saving of over 33,000kWh per year and reduced lighting load by 20 per cent.
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