Sustainability Audit

True sustainability tends to focus on energy use while other aspects affecting sustainability are neglected. To properly understand a building sustainability status an integrated building sustainability audit baseline needs to be delivered.


Energy efficiency audit

Initially a Level 1 audit is done to understand at a high level what strategies can be implemented. This includes:

A Level 2 audit will then follow the level 1 guidelines to explore energy usage in detail. Rules of thumb and actual on site conditions will determine the focus of the system to effectively measure and manage Resources (Energy and Water) long term.


Waste audit

Waste management focuses on how we recycle what we cannot reduce or eliminate. A focussed Waste Management strategy will enable the impact on the ever increasing burden of landfill sites and their toxic nature to be significantly reduced.

The Waste Audit determines:

High Level Strategies are recommended for recycling and minimising of waste.  

 

Indoor Environment Quality audit (IEQ)

Many older buildings typically have poor IEQ. This includes issues like:

An on-site audit will involve a physical assessment including sampling and testing and an inventory of all cleaning chemicals used. This audit links with both occupant comfort and the Green Cleaning initiatives to minimise the impact of the IEQ on occupants.

 

Occupant satisfaction audit

The salary bill is often one of the largest expense items on the Income Statement and it is key to leverage this expenditure through a productivity focus. Building design and performance has a direct impact on staff productivity. Surveying occupants is a highly effective way of determining the current performance of a building.

Issues that affect occupant satisfaction include:


Water efficiency audit

Water is increasingly becoming a scarce resource and in time will face significant increases and limitations on access. A building consumes significant amount of water and needs to be part of a integrated Sustainability approach.

The following aspects are covered:

The audit will help to identify areas where there is a high consumption of water and target them for improvement. In addition, strategies for rain water harvesting and grey water use are explored and opportunities outlined at a high level.


Carbon Footprint audit

Carbon measurement is key component in understanding buildings Environmental and Climate Change impact and to evaluate its progress over time. The Carbon Footprint of the building should be understood and benchmarked against similar buildings.

Carbon footprint of a building is classified into two areas:

 

Green Cleaning Audit

The Green cleaning audit addresses the use of toxic chemicals in the building cleaning progress and to what extent Green cleaning materials are being used. An inventory of existing cleaning products is established and recommended alternative green cleaning products and practice are recommended. 


Pest management Audit

Pest Management in a building is another area where harsh and toxic chemicals are used. Pest management practise are investigated, understood and more environmentally friendly practise are recommended.


Material, Resource Usage and Sustainable Purchasing

A building consumes significant amount of materials in its day to day operations. Sustainable purchasing reduces the environmental impacts of materials required for use in operations, maintenance and upgrades to the building.

The aim is to:

Sustainable purchasing in a building includes:

This review will help understand the purchasing practises and identify how these practises can become more sustainable.


Refrigerant Management

Fugitive Refrigerant emissions are a significant contributor to Green House gasses and depletion of the ozone layer. Proper management of refrigerants will directly minimise the impact on global warming. A high level strategy and recommendations for a phase out plan of problem gasses and maintenance recommendation for prevention of leaks will be defined.     

 

Transportation Management Survey

Car travel of the building occupants has a significant impact on the environment. The intention is to understand the impact of transportation to the building and its related correlation to Carbon foot print for the building. The aim is to reduce the impact of travel in single occupant cars and to educate building occupants on their climate impact. A high level strategy and recommendations to encourage change of behaviour and implementation of incentives to motivate change, will be defined.


Green Power Potential

Site conditions for green power generation will be assessed including space for Photo Voltaics (PV’s – roof, parking areas) and the viability of Wind conditions surrounding the building. A high level recommendation and approach on potential and high level costing will be detailed for the building.


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