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Office uses the power of nature

PUBLISHED: 22:41 17 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:33 05 July 2010

WITH green issues, high energy prices and the state of the economy making global headlines every week, one Lowestoft-based business has found a great way of using the power of nature to save money.

WITH green issues, high energy prices and the state of the economy making global headlines every week, one Lowestoft-based business has found a great way of using the power of nature to save money.

Everything Office has moved into a smart new office in Quay View Business Park … but the move isn't just to accommodate the growing business, as its eco-friendly building is helping to save 60pc in energy costs.

The new building, specially designed with Aldman Properties and Wellington Construction, features numerous energy-saving innovations including upside-down blinds to reflect the daylight, motion and daylight triggered low wattage LED lighting and solar reflecting glazing.

Other developments include a grass-like sedum roof and rain water collection in the car park, which is used for hand washing and toilet flushing.

The company has also installed an extremely efficient air conditioning unit which returns 4.3 kilowatts of heat from one kilowatt of energy, and uses heat from the system to heat the domestic water.

“We were looking to move and thought it'd be nice to embrace the environment, with as much environmentally friendly technology as we practically could,” said managing director Bob Taylor.

Everything Office also ensures all the paper used in the office is recycled, machines are switched off when not in use and the company offers a free recycling service for toner and inkjet cartridges and old office furniture to its customers.

Such is its green emphasis that it also recently launched a separate new “green” range of products.

“We have been environmentally accredited and have always been recycling and reducing our energy usage, so this was a natural progression for us,” said Mr Taylor.

As well as considerably reducing the company's energy bills, the new office has also improved its green credentials.

“We have had 15 tonnes of our carbon footprint removed just from the air conditioning unit,” he said. “We are aiming to be as much carbon neutral as we can.”

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