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SUSTAINABILITY


A ROYAL FLUSH FOR SUSTAINABILITY


Garry Moore, CEO of Propelair explains how it helps FMs make measurable savings by cutting water use, costs, carbon footprint and germs – and provides the data to prove it.


Facilities managers must now contend with burgeoning regulation aimed at curbing greenhouse gases. The Climate Change Act (2008) commits the UK to reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 against a 1990 baseline – so organisations must reduce CO2


and waste more efficiently.


Businesses are incorporating strategies to achieve this in their routine reporting so that now, alongside financial accounts, company annual reports contain statements about environmental impacts and responsibilities.


Complying with requirements and addressing any breach is often the responsibility of facilities managers and it’s easy to see why. In developed countries, buildings account for between 20 and 40% of total energy used, say experts, making efficiency a major priority for national policies, building regulations and certification schemes.


“Implementation of sustainability within the FM sector and by clients is now seen as a prerequisite to complying with the increasing array of regulations and voluntary reports required by shareholders and investors,” states the latest British Institute of Facilities Management Sustainability Survey.


Now in its ninth year, the authoritative BIFM study has done a great job of promoting best practice in this area, tracking trends in the industry and identifying where progress takes place.


As the report shows, a major stumbling block is the lack of measurable information on


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environmental performance – a deficiency with big implications for the profession.


by managing energy


Water management is a key area for reporting, along with energy, carbon footprint, waste and health and safety. This reflects growing concerns about scarcity from population increase, climate change and the capacity of over-stretched sources.


Technology is the biggest driver in obtaining and interpreting accurate information and nowhere is this more important than in water supply. For over a decade water prices have outstripped inflation and the trend is widely predicted to continue.


Propelair® is one technology driving major change in the FM sector. The 1.5-litre flush toilet delivers game- changing performance with readily quantifiable improvements in water savings and resultant spending reductions, lower carbon footprint and improved hygiene. Click here for more information on the 1.5-litre flush trial.


That’s why The Royal Bank of Scotland, London School of Economics and local authorities such as Redbridge, Winchester, Greenwich and Brighton & Hove are turning to Propelair to cut their water use, utility bills and carbon footprint while making a better workplace for staff or environment for the public.


Traditional loos are inefficient, unhygienic and expensive to run. Both in sustainability terms and financially, they’re incredibly wasteful.


Using patented displaced air POWA™ technology, Propelair produces a powerful, high-performance flush while reducing average water usage


by 84%, in turn cutting water bills by up to 60% and usually paying for itself in one to three years.


THE ROYAL BANK


OF SCOTLAND Propelair toilets reduced water use at RBS’s Premier Place offices in London by 81%. By reducing the average flush from 8.11 litres to 1.47 litres, they cut water costs by 50%. Propelair estimates that rolled out across the RBS estate, its innovation has the potential to save RBS £1m per year.


The figures are unprecedented – and crucially for the industry, our objective on-site trialling and data capture shows FMs in advance how much their clients can expect to save year-on-year by installing Propelair. As flushing can account for up to 90% of water use in commercial buildings, it’s hard to think of a more effective way to enhance sustainability while slashing long-term cost.


At Propelair we’re proud to play such a major role, alongside our FM partners, in making sustainability measurable.


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