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Veolia launches new range of energy efficiency services to reduce costs and cut carbon

Veolia launches new range of energy efficiency services to reduce costs and cut carbon

Global resource management company, Veolia, has launched a new range of energy efficiency and monitoring services which are designed to help organisations cut their emissions, reduce costs and energy consumption, and achieve the ISO 50001 energy management standard.
With a focus on enabling organisations adapt to changing legislation and meet their carbon reduction targets the new range of services will also address the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) due to be enforced on 1st April. This legislation will impact landlords of non-domestic private properties, and those with a building rating of F and G could face penalties and fines for their energy inefficiency.
Following the latest bad weather and recent energy security concerns, Veolia’s integrated range of services implement cost effective energy efficiency measures that reduce carbon emissions, take action on efficient energy utilisation and move towards carbon neutrality. Working across all sectors, from commercial and public to retail, healthcare, education, and manufacturing Veolia is able to handle all elements of an organisation’s energy requirements – from the smart energy monitoring system, Hubgrade, which can monitor and control energy, water and waste flows, to supply, management and emissions trading and onsite upgrades requiring plant design, and installation. These combined with long term maintenance will keep savings on track and can also guarantee them.
The new services are specifically designed to identify the carbon footprint of sites and buildings, reduce consumption and utilise sources of clean energy such as low carbon CHP and renewables. The services include energy and environmental auditing, operational energy efficiency and strategies that cover the application of modern control technology, installation and management of energy plant. These cover the latest building management systems, hot water, HVAC, lighting, energy procurement, combined heat and power, insulation, lighting, refrigeration, standby generation, sustainable energy, compressed air, demand side management and bill validation.
Nick Painter, Head of Energy Efficiency at Veolia said: “There is a common perception among organisations that implementing sustainable carbon saving measures is a costly process, leading many to delay taking action. However, Veolia’s proven expertise and proactive involvement with its customers’ operations means that we can deliver enhancements which generate substantial guaranteed savings. It’s that simple, the results from becoming energy efficient won’t just be recorded in your Corporate Responsibility Report – they will be reflected in your Annual Report.”
Currently saving over 400,000 tonnes of carbon for its UK energy customers each year, the new service is the result of Veolia’s expertise as a global energy services provider, and is based on the best global experience gained across energy management and energy performance contracts that manage over 350MWe of low carbon electricity generation and 2272MWth of heat supply.
Veolia’s new service that can be tailored to suit the individual requirements of any organisation operating across a broad range of industry sectors, from healthcare and education, to manufacturing and retail or commercial premises.


 
Legal experts help building owners to tackle trespassing

Legal experts help building owners to tackle trespassing

A Midlands law firm that successfully removed trespassers from a client’s building in under three working days, is offering free expert legal advice to the region’s landlords and commercial property owners.
Emms Gilmore Liberson (EGL) will host a free seminar at Birmingham’s Hotel du Vin on Thursday 12th April 2018, in partnership with enforcement business Burlington Group.
Trespassing hit the headlines last year, when figures released by Network Rail and British Transport Police revealed a 10-year high in the number of people risking their lives by trespassing on Britain’s railways.
Yet the problem is far from isolated to the rail network – there are more than 20,000 reported acts of trespassing in the UK every month.
Earlier this month (March) a group of 26 squatters were found to have forced their way into a former Virgin Active Health Club in Wimbledon. Witnesses claimed the group used the building’s spa facilities including the sauna, steam room and showers, as well as holding an all-night rave.
EGL’s event will inform landlords and owner-occupiers on how to tackle trespassing on their premises, as well as covering related issues involving squatters, fly-tippers and protesters.
Speakers include barrister Marc Glover, of Tanfield Chambers, Jonathan Chatfield, high court enforcement officer at Burlington Group, and Charlotte Collins, associate director at EGL.
EGL’s Property Litigation team works with building owners across England and Wales. Last year it successfully removed squatters from a client’s vacant office building in less than three working days, deploying a High Court procedure to accelerate the process.
Martyn Liberson, partner at EGL, said: “Trespassing is a huge issue in the UK, but not everyone is aware of what to do or who to ask should it happen to them.
“The members of our property litigation team are regularly instructed on a wide range of problems relating to land and commercial premises, often caused by trespassers, squatters, fly tippers and protestors.
“In the past 12 months the team has successfully acted for a number of property owners in dealing with these problems.
“We tire of hearing of cases where owners complain about the length of time it takes to secure possession, whilst their property is being occupied by trespassers, and even damaged, for weeks on end. It does not have to be that way.
“We want to reach out to other property owners so that they are better equipped in how to avoid problems and can have a robust recovery plan in place to deal with them should they arise.”


 
ASSA ABLOY UK Specification BIM seminar proves a hit at RIBA

ASSA ABLOY UK Specification BIM seminar proves a hit at RIBA

ASSA ABLOY UK Specification, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, has delivered a RIBA-accredited seminar on the realities of working in a BIM environment.
Hosted at the Royal Institute of British Architects, the seminar was well-received by over 100 architects, contractors and project managers who attended from across the country.
Over the course of the morning the seminar covered a number of topics including the practicalities of BIM specification, the impact in terms of time and cost on the specification process, and the effective approaches to a greater and more value rich BIM experience.
Panellists included a number of key architects and senior project managers in the industry, who discussed their experiences with BIM modelling and took questions from the floor.
Eric Spooner, ASSA ABLOY BIM Manager also spoke at the event, explaining how BIM worked to streamline a large construction project. He says: “Banner University Medical Centre is the ideal case study for showcasing the ease of information sharing via Openings Studio. It enabled the design team to update 1,600 door objects in the Revit model and door schedule within just 10 minutes – saving significant time and costs.”
Feedback from the delegates was also positive, with Nigel Wright, Director of WRIGHT-CLASS Solutions Ltd saying: “The event was a good balance of discussion and case study examples pertinent to the fast-moving BIM and big data environment. The challenges of compliance, BIM level 2 standards and future development was particularly of interest.”


 
ISM Reports Success of UK Government Global Security Event

ISM Reports Success of UK Government

Global Security Event

Integrated Security Management (ISM) has hailed the success of Security and Policing 2018, the official UK Government global security event held in March, reporting positive interest in its latest Integrated Security Management System (ISMS) – a technology that takes Physical Information Management (PSIM) technology to another level.
The three-day event hosted at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre was the perfect opportunity for ISM to showcase its Genesys ISMS, a fully integrated security management system capable of integrating and controlling multiple technologies, devices and sites from a single platform.
Attendees at Security Policing 2018 included police services, government departments, emergency services, key providers of national infrastructure and organisations from across the UK and overseas.
Genesys is the ideal ISMS platform for operators of national critical infrastructure sites and is already proven and operating in sites across the world. ISM recently received formal notification from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) that Genesys has met the CPNI standard for CAPSS, which means it is Approved for UK Government Use.
Geoff Pye, Commercial Director at ISM, says the event was a great success: “Security and Policing 2018 was the perfect platform to showcase Genesys, especially following our recent CPNI approval for use of our system on UK Government sites. The event attracts the right audience and we received some very positive feedback.”


 
Sit-Stand Desks – Truth or Sales Pitch?

Sit-Stand Desks – Truth or Sales Pitch?

Much has been said and written about sit-stand desks in the twenty years that they have been available in various forms. But not all of it is accurate.
I have been selling sit-stand desks for nearly twenty years and wholeheartedly recommend their use as part of a wider health and productivity regime.
Unfortunately, their attributes have been misappropriated by some as a panacea to avoid a range of serious health conditions and avert early death.
Exploding the myths
Much of the recent publicity has been advanced by the pick-up of the 2012 systematic review and meta-analysis concerning prolonged seating by Wilmot, Edwardson, Achana et al. From a collective sample of approximately 800,000 participants, the researchers concluded that sedentary time is associated with a number of diseases affecting early mortality.
It was an interpretation of these studies that coined the phrase ‘Sitting is the new smoking’ which has quickly and wrongly become named as a standard reason for the use of sit-stand desks.
A later Consensus Statement (not a research paper) ‘The sedentary office: a growing case for change towards better health and productivity’ recommends periods of ‘standing and light activity’, standing-based work regularly breaking up sitting time and the use of sit-stand desks plus short active breaks.
Movement is important
What is missed in the interpretations is that it’s about sitting less not standing more. It is not just a binary choice. The debate is more complicated than that. Movement is also an essential constituent but our individual needs, fitness and more can influence the equation.
Movement should include the frequent use of ‘gravity muscles’ i.e. climbing steps and stairs and stretching. It’s the frequency of use rather than for how long which is important (research: Dr Joan Vernikos, NASA).
Sit less and move more
Let’s put this into context for individuals and employers:
• Good posture, whether sitting or standing, is essential.
• Don’t sit or stand for too long.
• Drink lots of water. It’s good for you and creates a natural break.
• Try standing or walking meetings.
• Consider tasks better suited to standing i.e. sort papers and files.
• Stand, or walk, for telephone conversations.
• Scrap internal emailing, speak to the person.
• Park as far away from the workplace/shops as possible.
• Use the stairs, not the lift.
• Wear a fitness tracker to track your steps.
• Do stretching exercises at your desk and/or on the move.
• Enrol in health programmes.
• Raise your sit-stand desk up high at the end of the day to make it easier for cleaners and forcing you to reposition in the morning.
• Raise your desk when colleagues approach and talk/meet standing up.
For organisations: sit-stand furniture means a culture change. Training, education and user support are essential.
Optimising performance
• Training how to use sit-stand desks, when to make posture changes and what good posture feels like (sitting and standing).
• Install “poseur tables” for short standing meetings/touch-down use.
• Replace some meeting tables with standing versions.
• Slow down the lift(s) to encourage stair use.
• Hot-Desking areas: install a pair of sit-stand desks at the end of each set of standard desks.
• Use schemes like Global Corporate Challenge which encourage movement and foster team building.
• Create walking routes around your premises.
• Label routes and staircases with calories burned (StepJockey).
• Incorporate posture and ergonomics into your health and wellbeing programmes.
• Gamify your workplace to encourage movement.
In summary:
• Sit-stand desks are not the sole solution.
• Ensure people are trained about good sitting and standing postures.
• Make frequent posture changes whilst sitting; get up every 20-30 minutes.
• Don’t just swap sitting for standing.
• Create opportunities to walk and move about during your working day.
• Be critical of what you hear! Is it true or is it just a sales pitch?
Guy Osmond, Osmond Ergonomics, February 2018
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This article first appeared in the Winter/Spring 2018 edition of Connect magazine from Cardinus Risk Management.


 
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