Gateshead school set to save thousands by implementing green energy projects

A secondary special school in Gateshead is set to save tens of thousands of pounds and significantly reduce its carbon emissions after investing over £77,900 in multiple energy reduction projects, using Salix Finance’s interest-free government funding. Dryden School provides secondary education to students with special education needs. As Dryden is a high energy user they wanted to reduce their energy…

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How to spot the greenwashers from the genuine article

Sustainability and green cleaning are too often used as buzzwords in this industry, so how can facilities managers be sure that their cleaning contractor isn’t just paying lip service to their environmental concerns? Chris Parkes, operations director at Julius Rutherfoord & Co considers what sustainability means when it comes to contract cleaning & soft FM. Unfortunately, there are cleaning and…

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Willerby gets busy to save the UK’s bumblebees

  Offsite modular solutions manufacturer, Willerby Innovations, is ready to create a buzz with its new WillerBee Campaign, designed to champion the humble bumblebee. The UK’s native bumblebee population is rapidly declining as a result of changing agricultural practices and a lack of wildflowers to feed on, something which has worrying implications for our wider countryside ecosystem. In order to…

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Winners announced in competition to drive innovation and sustainability in construction sector

Construction Industry Solutions (COINS), a market leader in enterprise software for the construction industry, has revealed the winners of the 2017 Grand Challenge. The six winners battled stiff competition to win the acclaimed annual contest, which challenges entrants to share new ideas that could positively impact the build environment and in turn, our society.  The competition aims to attract new…

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Sodexo earns highest marks in RobecoSAM’s ‘Sustainability Yearbook’ for tenth straight year

Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life services, reinforces its position as one of the most sustainable companies in the world by earning Gold Class distinction in RobecoSAM’s annual ‘Sustainability Yearbook 2017’. For the tenth consecutive year, Sodexo has been ranked as the top-scoring company in its sector for its excellent sustainability performance. This recognition reflects Sodexo’s long-term mission of…

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Collaborative partnership improves sustainability of data centres

A collaborative partnership between a major construction company and a critical infrastructures specialist is opening the door for clients to access sector-specific expertise at the earliest stages of projects, and in turn support the improved sustainability of these power-hungry facilities. These key benefits are the direct result of the combined skill sets of Interserve, the international support services and construction…

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Five Tips: Cutting Energy Spend, Efficiently

By Joan Vidal, Energy Solutions Development Leader at Honeywell Building Solutions When it comes to improving your building’s efficiency, knowing where to start and how to maintain a successful, long-term programme can prove challenging given the array of systems and processes that impact energy use. Robust energy management is about striking a balance between business needs and operational effectiveness. This…

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Portakabin announces more sustainability initiatives

The Portakabin Group, the UK’s leading modular building specialist, has announced more sustainability commitments and initiatives to help its customers further reduce their carbon footprint. Waste streams from the manufacture of its modular buildings at its international production centre in York have been increased from 18 to 26 and now include: Used vinyl flooring recycled for traffic cones and other…

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