The Business Breakfast Digest – How to make your building greener

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On Wednesday 27th  April Go Green members gathered in the Gallery of Spike Island to discover how to make buildings greener through innovative approaches to resources and creative collaboration

Lhosa Daly, Deputy Director at Spike Island, kicked off the morning by delving in to the fascinating history of Spike Island. Once a tea packing factory, through the years this building has been transformed and changed in to a creative and vibrant hub for artists and the community.

She then took us through the exciting capital development plans to future proof Spike Island  and the journey they have been through to source funding to improve their building. The plans include investment in to the cafe which has become a stunning space for the community to enjoy great coffee and delicious food overlooking the river.

Next Tim Coleman, Operations Manager at Spike Island spoke about how the formation of  a Bristol Operations Manager has helped him and many others to share knowledge and tackle sustainability challenges together! From discussing rusty boilers to complex problems this local support network is a great way of working together to make buildings greener.

Providing us with some key practical information, Fabien Le Dem, Senior Lighting Designer at Arup enlightened us on how LED lighting can really transform your building as well as help you to identify where and how the biggest savings in energy usage can be achieved.  Using case studies of the WaterShed and Spike Island, Fabien showed us key stages in managing sustainability building improvements.

Our last speaker, Brady George, Managing Director of Almeda gave us a passionate talk to on how facilities management can change the way we view and use our built environment. Brady showed us how the well known phrase reuse, reduce, recycle has been applied throughout Almeda’s business operations. Following this framework can reduce waste and waste costs as well as support local initiatives and charities. Brady then took us through an example of Green Cleaning and the myriad of benefits this change can have on your business. Importantly, embarking on a path to green your business can increase staff morale significantly and engage staff members on the journey with you.

This led in to a lively panel discussion with a plethora of questions from the floor put to our experts in their fields to debate and discuss.

We then heard some fantastic 2 minutes pitches:

Samantha Mant – Halycan Water Conditioners

James Carberry – Sustain Ltd

Mike Edwards – Ocuair

Mathias Hery – Energy Technical Services 

To access the full slides for all of the presenters please click on the links below.

Lhosa Daly, Spike Island – History of Spike Island

Fabien Le Dem, Arup – The transformational potential of LED lighting

Brady George, Almeda – Making Buildings Greener