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“It wasn’t the Exxon Valdez captain’s driving that caused the Alaskan oil spill. It was yours.” Greenpeace advertisement, New York Times, 25 February 1990

In line with the idea that “if we don’t think about future generations, then they will never forget us”, we have decided that it’s time to follow through and bring Richard & Associates up-to-date with some long overdue business remodelling, making us a consciously aware organisation that is as concerned for everyone else’s future as much as our own. We are currently making a really big effort here to become as energy efficient and as environmentally aware as possible, considering our impact on the global community and the global ecology of our home planet.

I’ve got to say we’re actually enjoying this new way of thinking about how we do business. From it there seems to be a deep sense of growing commitment within our team, one that naturally drives each of us on to ensure that we all do our own bit in order to achieve another 10% reduction in our carbon emissions this 2012… And then again in 2013… And again in 2014… Till, in 2020, we are as carbon neutral as possible. One thing’s for sure… We’re not just talking about it here… We’re actually doing it.

By adding solar thermal panels and photovoltaic panels to the roof of our premises here, we’ve managed to reduce the amount of gas that we use for our hot water each year by one third… Plus we now generate more electricity than we use each year. Also, by installing an Eco-Kettle in the kitchen, we only boil as much water as we need each time we make tea/coffee. Not to mention we’ve replaced all the old halogen GU10 spots here with some of the latest GU10 LED lighting units around, reducing the amount of electricity we use. We’ve also done various other things, like set all our computers to the best energy efficient settings we can. And, to add to that, we recently switched electricity suppliers, so that we are now using Good Energy who source all their electricity solely from 100% renewable sources.

Plus, on top of all that, we’ve also placed an extra 300mm of lambs wool insulation into the loft space, as well as had the whole roof off last spring time in order to install a special heat insulating breathable membrane, which keeps us warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. As if that wasn’t enough, we replaced all the single glazed windows on the premises with double glazed ones and we wear warmer clothes in winter to keep the heating turned down. We’re really trying to go that little bit extra over what anyone normally would.

Eventually we hope to get round to making the same adjustments across our property portfolio… One property at a time. As such our Tenants will be able to become part of this ecological way being, consuming less resources and thereby reducing the amount of energy that they – as a business – generally consume.

Even when (and if) we do any future developments/renovations, we’ll continually be thinking about how to improve the overall efficiency of any building that we work on i.e. improving the energy efficiency rate of buildings depends on aspects such as wall insulation, the type of façade used, building orientation, novel and sustainable methods for heating and cooling the building, as well as the adoption of passive and / or active strategies during the construction phase and life cycle of the project (so as to minimize all aspects of energy expenditure at every stage).

Bearing all this in mind, it’s time we – here at Richard & Associates – took that 10:10 pledge to show just how committed we all are here to reducing our carbon foot print, so as to make that change for a cleaner, greener, more sustainable way of doing business. By thinking about what it means to be sustainable, we’ve begun supporting renewable energy sources rather than the finite, dirty and expensive ones that many of us still commonly find in use today. We believe everyone has a say about our future by buying into companies that support the ideals we care most about. But more importantly, we’re having a lot of fun figuring out ways to reduce our consumption… Not to mention we’re even saving a bit of money doing so as well.

So if you fancy joining in, then why not sign up to 10:10 today and click here? After all, many hands make light work…

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