This months Go Green business breakfast was held at Spike Island, I am particularly fond of Spike Island anyway, and the Chocolate Path by the River.

But the Art gallery and office space has recently applied for funding from various places to reduce it’s Carbon Footprint and in doing so reduce the overall running costs of the building and make it more comfortable to the occupants. There were four speakers in total. The first two were from Spike Island, Lhosa who plotted the history of the reuse of the building and how it has adapted and changed over time, she also outlined their process of applying for funding.

Tim Coleman focussed on the collaboration between previous facilities directors and the process of collaborating to achieve the desired outcome, and how communication can achieve the greatest benefits. Tim also mentioned that they submit their energy use through to Julia’s Bicycle and he had recently looked up the buildings energy energy use comparatively and the CO2 was equivalent to a Jumbo Jet flight and a family homes family use for 20 years.

Fabien Le Dan, discussed the process by which Arup measured the buildings likely energy usage and put together a profile to identify where the biggest savings could be made for the building both financially and energy wise. There were graphs that identified lighting as the biggest consumption of energy for the building, There was also discussion of occupant behaviour and how controls can influence useful in ways that the model would not be able to anticipate. There were several graphs showing how the different lighting types worked in use, LED lights are improving exponentially comparatively to other lights.

Finally Brady Gordon from Almeda spoke very passionately about what can be done from a facilities managers point of view, tips for recycling and environmentally friendly cleaning, his presentation was coloured by the recent birth of his child which was a lovely reminder that there are many different side to trying to improve the sustainability in whatever we do, and motivations in terms of thinking about the future for our children is often more appealing than simply scaling back.

Energy efficient and green measures are especially important in public buildings because they show people how it can work and encourage them to see how they could adapt these measures and use them in their own lives.

The line up for future events did sound really exciting and I came away excited to look again at my Go Green application, and glad that the impressive Bristol Arts scene will be setting examples for energy savings and sustainability measures.

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