Construction is a growing area in which Green technology and green building methods are being pushed to the forefront. Planning proposals now need to evaluate the impact the development will have on the environment in a number of different ways. It’s not just about the construction of buildings where we have to think Green but in the materials we use and the lasting effect the building will have on the environment. Buildings can use up large amounts of energy both in the construction and running of them and reducing the amount of energy required is important for our future generations and the world in which they will live.
Renewable energy is one of the most developing industries of our era. Everyone is becoming ‘sustainable’ savvy and for some consumers it’s the single most important factor, which determines how they buy. I think that in every companies agenda they should be striving for sustainability and where they know that they ‘take’ from our environment they should be considering how they can give back.
Energy is one area, which most companies can possibly help with. Solar panels are an excellent way of producing your own electricity and generate an income by selling back to the grid. It’s a win, win solution for all. Factories are an excellent site for Solar panels as they tend to have much larger roof surface area than domestic property meaning more energy can be generated.
Spacetwo Garden Rooms has sustainability at the heart of their ethos. With both of us being outdoor fanatics we really understand how important it is to the future of our world. We are so lucky to be partnered with Chiemgauer Holzhaus, which also has a similar ethos.
Their factory in Trauenstein is powered totally by hydro-power. They use their own turbine generate the electricity they need as well as selling it back to the grid. In winter they heat their factory using the sawdust that is generated by milling the wood for the houses and garden rooms they produce. The wood that is used in our garden buildings is sustainably grown in the Austrian alps, meaning that it doesn’t have far to travel to the factory in southern Germany!
As a company we are aware that our biggest percentage of our carbon footprint comes from the mileage covered by importing our garden buildings. This is something that we cannot avoid but we endeavor to use ‘backloads’ from lorries returning empty from Germany to the UK to help to keep our carbon footprint as low as possible.
We also try to ride our bikes to the office when we can to reduce it even more (as well as being able to have that extra biscuit in our coffee break!!)
By buying a garden room from Spacetwo you are contributing to helping our environment. When we say we are a sustainable company you can rest assure that we really are! We are not just saying it to put a big tick in a Green box!