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The amount of energy that the sun sends to the earth in 1 HOUR is enough to cover the world's ANNUAL electricity usage!

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Switching off the lights overnight in an empty meeting room throughout the year can save 440kg CO2.

The UK government target is for an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.

The UK government has announced a phased approach for zero carbon buildings. The target is for all new build domestic properties to be zero carbon by 2016, public buildings by 2018, and all other commercial buildings zero carbon by 2019.

The EU target is to achieve 20 percent of all Europe’s energy from renewable sources by 2020.

UK target is 15 percent of energy from renewables by 2020. It is estimated that the investment required to reach this target is over £100 billion.

To meet this goal, up to 30-35% of electricity must come from renewable sources. Today that figure is less than 5%, made up mostly of biomass, hydro and wind.

The five main forms of renewable energy are solar, wind, water, biofuel and geothermal. To read the full Renewable Energy Strategy proposal click here.

If it could be properly harnessed, enough sunlight falls on the earth in just one hour to meet world energy demands for a whole year!

One wind turbine can produce enough electricity to power up to 300 homes.

The largest wind turbine in the world is in Hawaii. It's 20 storeys tall and has blades the length of a football pitch.

An average wind speed of just 14mph is needed to convert wind energy into electricity.

Water is the most commonly used renewable energy resource, providing enough power to meet the needs of 28.3 million people.

Buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of global energy use and up to 30% of global GHG emissions. 

The first piece of sustainability legislation was introduced by King Henry VIII in 1543. "The Preservation of Woods" bill protected Oak Trees throughout the UK.

Switching off the lights overnight in an empty meeting room throughout the year can save 440kg CO2.

Replacing standard fluorescent lights in a typical 10,000m2 office with energy efficient lamps and electronic ballasts and adding sensors could save as much as 135t CO2 per year which will save £19,000 per annum.

Automatic lighting controls in public and circulation areas waste energy and cause discomfort - properly calibrated lighting controls in a 15m-long corridor can save 250kg CO2.

Lighting consumes 19% of global electricity generation.

It is estimated that 66% of all lamps installed in the EU at present are energy inefficient.

Friends of the Earth have estimated that if the whole of Europe switched to CFLs, there would be a saving of 28 mega tonnes of CO2.

95% of the energy produced by tungsten GLS lamps is wasted as heat.

The lifespan of a T5 Compact Fluorescent bulb is 20,000 hours, more than 1000% longer than the inefficient tungsten bulbs.

Switching off a photocopier at night and at weekends can save 20kg of CO2 a month and £35 a year.

A monitor uses 3 times more energy when it is switched on than while on standby.

CRT monitors use twice as much energy and emit twice as much heat as flat LCD monitors.

Ensuring that chargers and power supplies in offices are unplugged when not charging has no costs and can save up to 10% on energy bills.

If 20 people commit to plug in their chargers only when charging their phones, it will save 1t CO2 per year.

Switching off or unplugging a microwave has no costs and will save 80kg of CO2 per year.

Ensuring that office windows are shut at night during winter has can save 15g CO2 and £2 per office per night.  

Implementing a renewable energy system such as a solar water heating systems can reduce energy consumption by up to 5% and save on bills.

Recycling 1 tonne of paper is equivalent to providing heat and hot water for a home for a year. It also saves 15 trees, 2.5 barrels of oil, 2.26m3 of landfill spaces, 31,320 gallons of water and 27kg of air pollutants

Setting double-sided copying feature as default on the copier can save 1.5t CO2 per year.

A dripping tap can waste 90 litres of water a week.

A constantly dripping tap can waste 500 000 litres of water per year. This could cost your business about £400 a year.

Fitting a water saving device in your cistern can save you 3 litres of water a flush.

Waste costs money, typically up to 4% of business turnover. Reducing your waste will make your company more profitable.

Eliminating waste entirely may not always be possible, but by not creating it in the first place reduces costs of raw materials.

In 2004, more than a quarter of the UKs carbon dioxide emissions came from the energy we use to heat, light & run our homes.

Display Energy Certificates show the OPERATIONAL rating of a building by considering it's actual energy usage. The actual energy usage is shown in terms of carbon dioxide produced.

Energy Performance Certificates provide an ASSET rating for the building's performance based on it's fabric, services and activities.

Research shows that 81% of commercial property agents are not complying with the legislation regarding EPCs.

Only 46% of existing schools achieve EPC ratings in the A-C bands.

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Case Studies

  • The White House

    The White House

    L’atelier were instructed by West Faulkner Associates to provide an Energy Performance Certificate for 259m² office building in Surrey, & were subsequently requested to recommend measures to improve the rating for the building... More

  • Easter Park

    L’atelier were instructed to provide on-construction EPCs for a complex of industrial buildings in Berkshire totalling 145,000 square feet... More

  • Empress State Building

    L’atelier were instructed by our client to produce Energy Performance Certificates for the 57,000 square metres of office space, as well as two ancillary buildings on site.More

  • The Green

    L’atelier were instructed by Easter Group to provide on-construction Energy Performance Certificates for a 46,000 sq ft office village in West Berkshire.More

  • Greystoke Manor

    L’atelier were instructed to produce an Energy Performance Certificate for a residential care home of approx. 600 m², situated in West Sussex...More

  • 11 The Quadrangle

    L’atelier were instructed to produce an Energy Performance Certificate for a Warehouse/Office combination building of approx. 2200m2, of which 1800m2 is warehouse space...More

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