New sustainability toolkit for commercial property owners

A new toolkit providing commercial property owners with guidance on integrating sustainability within the acquisition process has been launched. The Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) Acquisitions Sustainability Toolkit – developed by property companies and industry experts – aims to provide a common approach for the industry to follow. It includes non-technical guidance on addressing sustainability issues […]

Which commercial waste compactor should your business choose?

For many industries, possessing waste compactors comes with a number of surprising benefits. The eco-friendly, money-saving and comparatively clean machines can help dispose of waste effectively in a number of commercial sectors. However, before you jump to purchase a waste compactor for your business, you must first determine exactly which model is right for you […]

NYC carbon initiative signals greener Big Apple

A new initiative aimed at reducing pollution generated by commercial buildings has been launched in New York City (NYC). The NYC Carbon Challenge for Commercial Owners and Tenants is a public-private partnership aimed at cutting emissions from buildings by 30% or more within the next decade. It is also part of the city’s wider goal […]

FM managers in US who think efficiency, save more

Facility managers in American states with strong energy efficiency programmes, save more energy. That’s according to a new survey from DNV GL, which suggests this group are more likely to install efficient lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technology. It says commercial savings could potentially reach 30% but utilities’ energy efficiency programmes are struggling […]

Energy efficiency rules could devalue property

New energy efficiency rules could devalue nearly a fifth of commercial properties. The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), which require properties to get a minimum “E” rating, mean 19% of shops, offices and warehouses could become legally uninhabitable and fall in value by up to 10%. The new legislation could wipe as much as £16.54 billion from the […]

Flexing your site’s energy muscle

Smart technology deployed to monitor the energy consumption of industrial buildings and facilities is enabling ScottishPower customers to earn additional revenue. Head of Energy Services UK, Malcolm Paterson, explores why being flexible with your energy consumption can make good business sense.  Winter is coming which means a prolonged period in the demand for energy to […]

Grid-connected tidal array makes waves

A second turbine has been installed at the world’s first grid-connected commercial offshore tidal array. Nova Innovation, a Scottish tidal energy specialist, installed the first 100KW turbine in the Bluemull Sound, Shetland in March 2016. It has just installed the second and plans to add a third in the near future. The turbine already in […]

UK firms develop solar energy storage for armed forces

Four British energy companies are working together to develop safe, lightweight and robust solar energy storage systems for the military around the world. Lincad, Oxis Energy, Pure Wafer and Solutronic are sharing their knowledge and expertise for the “next generation” of battery technology, which will also be adapted for the commercial and residential market. Lincad […]

FiTs change will "kill off" business interest in solar

Changing the level of subsidy for solar power will effectively “kill off” the commercial sector’s interest in the energy source. This is the claim from the UK’s largest renewable energy equipment supplier, which suggests that cuts to the Government’s Feed in Tariff (FiTs) due in December come way too soon and make the rate of […]

Sainsburys in world first for smart technology

Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s expects to save 10,000 tonnes of carbon a year with a smart grid technology contract hailed as the world’s first commercial deal of its kind. Sainsbury’s has had the smart kit fitted to the heating and ventilation systems in 200 of its stores to better manage electricity supply and demand across the […]