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Why being eco is good for business

by Mark Brown | Jul 30, 2018 | Blog, Commercial

These days it can seem that being ‘eco-friendly’ is something that you aspire to be but rarely actually implement. With ever increasing concerns about our environment and rising fuel bills however, making your business eco-friendly is something that should be seriously considered to both save your business money and decrease its carbon footprint.

In this article we’ll be taking you through the benefits of having eco-friendly work spaces and the features which come included in many of TG Escapes’ modular buildings which are designed to save money and help the environment. From solar panels to insulation, windows and natural lighting, we’ll show why it pays to have a business within an eco-friendly building.

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Insulation

One of the cornerstones of any ecological structure, having the right insulation is not only vital for keeping your employees warm and comfortable, but also in keeping the heat you have paid for within your offices.

TG Escapes uses high-grade, glass wool insulation within its modular offices, of which 80% is made from recycled post-consumer glass from building regeneration projects or flat glass manufacture. Not only does this insulation prevent up to two-thirds of heat loss from a building, its manufacturing process also ensures waste glass is not put into landfill or discarded elsewhere. Our wall insulation can be upgraded to prevent further heat loss with a sophisticated 'Tri-Iso Actis' multi-foil insulation which is placed in the walls and increases heat retention as well as lowering your fuel bills further.

All our buildings are built using draught-sealed, treated hardwood. This hardwood, aside from only being sourced from sustainable woodland, also has an ultra-low emissivity which helps to prevent heat escaping the structure further. TG Escapes only uses double glazed, low emissivity, 1.4U value windows in our structures, which can help save up to 20% energy use from preventing heat loss and these can in turn be upgraded with an Argon cavity fill which improves the windows’ energy rating by nearly 30%.

Heating and Water

Whilst insulation helps prevent heat loss and, hence, money spent on heating, there are further ways in which you can reduce fuel bills for your business by implementing innovations in a structure’s heating and water system.

Our eco-modular buildings all come with an AA rated combined air-conditioning / air source heating system with an external condenser unit. This system works by recycling hot air and extracting heat from the atmosphere. This means the interior of the office can be heated with little to no need for radiators and so efficient is the system that it can even extract heat from external air temperatures as low as -15˚C. The air source heating system cannot only save you money on heating bills but also generate a small amount of income for your business via the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) as well as cutting the need for fuel deliveries.

Furthermore, combined air-conditioning / air source heating systems can help heat radiators and hot water with an efficiency between 250% and 300% (compared to 85% efficiency found in most high efficiency boilers). Also, as water is provided on an as-needs basis, this system will lower energy demands used for hot water storage and uses much less water than conventional plumbing systems saving your business further money on water and heating bills.

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Energy Production and Saving

Suffice to say, if you can produce energy for your business you are going to be able to dramatically cut your energy bills and, in some cases, even generate some income from it. TG Escapes offers a variety of additional features for our eco-modular buildings which are well worth investing in to save your business energy and money.

Solar panels are perhaps the most conventional energy production method implemented by both residential and commercial occupants of modular buildings. By harnessing energy from the sun, your business will not only be making energy from a free source, it also has the potential to apply for the Government’s FIT (feed in tariff) licensee. This means that your energy supplier will pay you a set rate for each unit of electricity you produce, not only saving your business money on its energy bills but potentially making a small profit in the process.

Another form of energy production which can be installed with our eco-modular buildings are wind turbines. Much like solar panels, these harness energy from a free source and allow you to apply for a FIT licensee or supplement your solar panel system.

Finally, energy can be saved in your business by installing sun pipes. Sun pipes help negate the need for excessive interior lighting without the drawbacks of skylights. These small, reflective glass tubes work by allowing natural light to flow into the building without overheating the building and preventing any heat loss. Sun pipes help your business save money two-fold by reducing electricity bills for lightning and fuel bills for central heating or cooling

Get started today 

As you can see, by implementing just a few innovations in our eco-modular buildings and investing in some energy producing and saving systems, your business can cut energy loss and bills dramatically as well as potentially generating a small income on the side. If you wan to find out more about how TG Escapes’ our eco-modular offices and buildings can benefit your business, why not get in touch today?

0800 917 7726

info@tgescapes.co.uk

About the author

Consultant at TG Escapes - Mark has spent time growing up with the army, studying computing before the internet existed, and founding The London Classic Theatre Company, self sustaining for over 25 years. He trained in marketing with Unilever before moving into advertising as a strategist with Leo Burnett, Creative Director at Starcom and founder of award winning creative agency Weapon7. He has a passion for eco buildings and helps run the social enterprise Street Wisdom, providing free creative walkshops around the world.

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