POWER CONSERVATION & ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY 2010
The coming renaissance of electrical contracting
We strive to achieve economic and social development in ways that do not negatively impact the environment. We do this by the following means:
- Eco procurement
- Waste reduction – Avoid, reduce, re-use and recycle
- Practice energy efficiency (saving)
- Water conservation
- Give preference to environmental best practice
- Support and promote locally made goods
- Focus on community development and environmental sustainability
- Poverty alleviation
- Leaving a positive legacy
- An established ‘Green Team’
In our offices
- Staff are actively encouraged to avoid wasteful printing
- Waste paper is used on both sides before recycling
- Minimum use of paper based marketing & registration
- All of the paper we use is recycled
- We actively focus on email and web based communication
- We offset our office energy usage
- We recycle our old computers, mobile phones and printer cartridges
Our Green codes of practice on waste and environment protection focus on:
- Reducing waste
- Reusing materials at every opportunity
- Aligning ourselves with green suppliers & partners
- Minimising the amount of printed materials & direct mail we use
- Encouraging our staff to be responsible, corporate green citizens
- Utilising energies and water sparingly
- Considering environmental impacts in our purchasing
- Endeavouring to work with partner organisations that share our green values
- Utilising public transport wherever possible and its impacts on the environment
It is our intention to operate our business in an as environmentally friendly way as we can.
“We recycle our old computers, mobile phones and printer cartridges”
A Green Building is energy efficient, resource selective and environmentally responsible – and incorporates design, construction and operational practices that significantly reduce or eliminate the building.s negative impact on the environment and its occupants.
Building Green is an opportunity to use all possible resources efficiently and to address climate change, while creating healthier and more productive environments for people to live and work in.
Our commitment is to develop the acknowledgement & sensitivity of all clients, associated professionals, co-contractors and acquaintances in the industry, in an ongoing manner in order to achieve power savings, so that it becomes a “way of life”.
We offer our willingness and our co-operation to associated trades & installations irrespective of the financial gain, or involvement, in order to spread the “Green Evolution”.
Our aim is to promote integrated collaborative thinking . resulting in fresh ideas and a co-ordinated design approach. Our objective is to provide a comprehensive turnkey solution to multifaceted problems. There is no quick fix to being sustainable.
It is our aim to have a profound impact on the return on the investment – not limited to the immediate power saving (electricity costs), but also present and possible future parastatal rebates on the results of the Carbon footprint and demand-control reduction.
In practice this includes careful design and innovative application of materials and technology to reduce the waste of energy and natural resource consumption resulting in improved human and natural environments. Our contribution, however minor, strives toward holistic and affordable solutions embracing green attributes towards reversing the destructive potential of our civilisations. progress.
Although new technologies are constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating greener structures and to prevent climate change, the common objective is that green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the ongoing depletion of the environment.
Specific green building measures include careful building design to reduce heat loads; maximising the use of, and harvesting of, natural light; the conversion and application of energy-efficient lighting; the use of environmentally friendly nontoxic materials; the reduction of waste, pollutants, environment degradation and the use of recycled materials; waterefficient plumbing design and natural water harvesting; the use of renewable electrical energy sources and sensitivity with regard to the impact of the development on the environment.
Ultimate on-site renewable energy generation can be implemented by means of the following systems:-
Solar heat gain for hot water, heat exchanger systems, etc. Photovoltaic cells with battery storage systems, Wind turbine generators, Hydropower systems, Biomass application utilizing organic waste to produce power.
The above-mentioned power generation methods are generally the most expensive features to add to a building.
Other more economical measures of sustainable power savings are:-
- Electric lighting that consumes up to 20 to 30% of an average building.s energy budget can be reduced by applying Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL).
- Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps that have revolutionized energyefficient lighting.
- Applying high efficiency Fluorescent or Induction lighting, task orientated instead of overall high discharge lamp applications.
- Promoting illuminated signage, new or existing, to be fitted with LEDs and not Fluorescent, Neon or floodlights.
- Harvesting sunlight for general interior illumination in conjunction with light coloured walls, where possible.
- Specialized metering applications to manage problematic loads, limiting the maximum demand to normal and below normal levels, thereby reducing the everincreasing National Power Grid crisis.
CFL.s are simply miniature versions of fullsized fluorescents. These lamps are retrofitted into standard lamp sockets, or other electronic ballast conversions are applied, and they exceed or equal the light output of the common incandescent lamp. Different versions of CFL lamps are applied in the commercial and industrial market with extreme success.
LED.s come in a wide variety of designs and colours and are small, solid light sources that are extremely energy efficient. New LED lamps are single units – or grouped in clusters with diffuser lenses – that have broadened the applications for LED use in industry and the home.
Our lighting specialists optimise the design and location of light fittings, are costeffective and provide a multitude of other benefits. It is therefore wise to make use of our lighting engineers when choosing lighting systems and applications. There are regulations to abide by when implementing certain automatic lighting controls and there is a fine balance between the allowable areas of these applications, both on the safety, when switching off, and the intensity of the lighting levels.
Intricate decisions need to be made when having to apply the light source (LED, CFL, normal fluorescents or other higher output lamp sources) in the correct light fitting and for the correct tasks and applications at hand. A new dimension has evolved in the building industry where every conceivable option of power saving needs to be explored and applied to make a sustainable contribution to saving this world of ours.
The coming renaissance …
Adding value beyond measure.