We have now pretty much completed our move into the new phase two of The Green House, and are starting to settle into our office area with its views over our woodland and across the valley where Ryde town is situated.
As a company, we are committed to growing responsibly, and I thought you’d like to know about some of the things we’ve done to minimise our environmental impact. While our building may have doubled in size, it certainly hasn’t doubled its energy usage.
All our offices are now lit with LEDs. These clever little specks of light are bundled together into a lighting panel that looks exactly like any other office lighting, but the energy it uses is a fraction of even compact fluorescent tubes. As they switch on and off instantly, we can make full use of motion sensors to ensure we don’t light any empty areas that aren’t being used.
We have expanded our geothermal heating system – the entire building is heated completely from heat extracted from the soil. Instead of air conditioning, which pumps energy-intensive cold air into our server rooms, heat generated by our computer servers is extracted and fed back into the heating system. This keeps our servers cool and our energy use down.
The result of our heating system and building design is an energy footprint lower than an average family house – which is pretty impressive for a building that houses over 300 people!
We have installed solar panels on our roof to generate electricity. As we have a large open roof area, we can generate a sizeable amount of power.
We are now collecting even more rain water than before. Collecting and conserving water is becoming increasingly important as our individual water footprint increases.
All food waste generated on the premises will be composted in our ‘Rocket’ industrial composter – this will create wonderfully rich nutritious compost from our kitchen waste, which will feed our allotments and our herb garden. We have built allotments both for staff use and for educational projects involving growing and using local foods.
The decking on our patio is made from recycled wood fibres and waste HDPE (also found in our Sheer Skin Tint tubes). Any unused decking is bought back by the company that makes it and recycled into new decking. It is also FSC certified, so the wood content is sustainably sourced.
We’re constantly looking at ways to minimise our environmental impact and will update you with any future progress. If you would like to help us on our greener journey or have any feedback, please do get in touch.