environmentally sensitive buildings

Purchasing 

Energy 

  • 1kW photovoltaic panels produce on average as much energy as we use

  • additional electricity purchased is 100% GreenPower 

  • gas used for heating is 100% offset by our gas retailer.

  • All LED lighting not generally needed during working hours

Equipment  

  • New equipment is selected for energy efficiency and longevity. 

  • Computers/printer set to go into standby if unused for 5 minutes​.

  • Turned off overnight 

Stationery 

Our commitment is to reduce in the first instance, and then what we do purchase has recycled content and/or is recyclable. 

  • We use pre-loved paper for drafts and internal office use (donations accepted!).

  • New paper has a minimum of 80% recycled content 

  • We refill (reuse) printer cartridges as many times as possible 

  •  Electronic transmittal of correspondence and drawings is used wherever possible 

Cleaning

Our cleaning service uses microfibre cloths and natural cleaning products such as bicarb soda and pure soap. 

 

Transport 

  • Our office is located in Brunswick, 6 km from the CBD, so walking, bicycle and public transport are used 90% of the time. 

  • Most jobs are local

  • Bike hooks in the entry encourage staff & client bicycle use.

  • Car travel offset through investment in renewable energy and tree planting. 

 

Waste Management 

  • Separated recyclables and soft plastics collection

  • Food scraps are composted

  • Old equipment is onsold or donated or recycled through op-shops or schemes such as ByteBack for electrical goods.