2degrees has unveiled the organisations, projects and people that are driving sustainable business forward, inspiring others and leading by example through innovation in the 2degrees Champions Awards. Your votes decide the winners for each of the 15 categories.
New Build in partnership with UK Green Building Council
Dunlop Systems and Components built their first new factory for 100 years leading with the idea of energy saving, long term sustainability and employee engagement. They set a target of halving the company utility consumption rates and its operational carbon footprint.
- An EPC A21 rating and a BREEAM “very good”
- Considerate Constructors Scheme – ‘Gold’ National Site Award Winner’ (April 2014)
- Achieved The Planet Mark for Buildings and Business
- Carbon off-setting results working with Cool Earth’s Ashaninka Project resulted in 54 acres saved (39 times the area of the factory); 5760 trees protected; 14,040 tonnes of CO2 stored; 19 endangered species protected and 2,151 tribe people supported.
- Electricity consumption down by 70%; Gas down by 52% and water by 57%.
- Dunlop’s measured operational carbon footprint reduced by 58% in one year, with a further reduction of 25% targeted for the 1st full year’s production the new facility.
- Dunlop became the first SME in the world to meet and achieve the Carbon Water Trust standard.
- Dunlop committed to the local community by working with Eden Project to provide a Biodiversity sensory garden for students of a local special school.
“Environmental commitments to reduce all forms of impact are now benefitting the business, our customers, shareholders and the local community. By occupying a modern environmentally friendly factory, it not only provides increased profitability now, but reduces exposure to increased utility bills in the future.”
Eight Associates who have achieved The Planet Mark since 2012 have entered in the category of ‘Property Retrofit’ for their energy consultancy work on 119 Ebury Street, the UK’s first listing to achieve BREEAM Outstanding at design stage, which they hope will act as a pilot for a new model of sustainable retrofit.
- Eight Associates acted as BREEAM and energy consultants.
- They were appointed pre-planning to advise on the most appropriate strategies in terms of achieving the targeted ‘Outstanding’ rating and 80% reduction in operational carbon emissions both of which were achieved.
- Eight Associates carried out a tenant profiling study to establish optimal design features with regards to minimising the in-use environmental impact and encouraging ‘green’ behaviour in building end-users.
- Bi-weekly design team and design co-ordination meetings were attended during RIBA stages 3 and 4 to ensure the architectural, mechanical and electrical designs would meet aspirations.
- Workshops were held between Eight Associates and the mechanical and electrical engineers to devise the optimal energy strategy, which deviated from the agreed planning scheme and therefore resulted in negotiations with Westminster City Council, who ultimately approved the revised scheme.
“119 Ebury Street deserves to win a 2degrees Champion Award because doing so will promote not only the stakeholders involved as leaders in sustainable development, but also the notion that it is possible to retrofit historic buildings to reduce their environmental impact whilst maintaining fully their architectural interest and historic value.”
By ThePlanetMark Thursday, March 19, 2015