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Greener Working Practices.

There is a quiet revolution in working practises, a change in the way desk-bound jobs are carried out. Businesses are keen to cut their expenses and their carbon footprint. Under increasing pressure from the government’s green pledge, companies will be obligated to reduce their emissions and the easiest way is to address work associated travel needs and building maintenance. These factors are responsible for most carbon emissions but,as you will read here, most energy waste is due to using a poorly insulated office with no natural light.

The Kyoto Protocol states that 45% all carbon emissions are from buildings. Most of that figure – a staggering 40.5% ALL carbon emissions – are produced to heat our homes and offices in winter, cool them down in summer, light them and run our multiple appliances within them.

There’s something here all businesses can do, something which will improve the working environment and reduce carbon emissions in one delicious purchase. IBM and British Telecom are on to this idea already. These Corporates have two of the most forward-thinking senior management boards in the UK. Not only do they permit flexible working, they actively promote their employees to work from home. It’s not a revolutionary idea, not even new, but home working is the sustainable lifestyle of the future.

Why are large national and international companies so invested in this concept? Three reasons: money, carbon and the feel-good factor.

With more employees working from home, companies save money on business rent and rates space, hot-desking and desk-sharing schemes and the secondary carbon associated with running and maintaining large offices. With fewer employees having to commute, less carbon emissions are produced from travel and, again, there is less expense incurred.

Employees appreciate the elevated trust and flexibility that modern technological communications support and respond with increased productivity and company loyalty. The boards were quick to respond to employees’ early gripes about taking up valuable living space at home by investing in sustainable garden offices – detached rooms which are assembled in the garden and moved when the homeowner sells.

This home-working concept can benefit every business, from the single self-employed woman who struggles to work from her dining room to the graphic design partnership which rents the space above the travel agents. Moving into a garden room gains her a professional working environment, and provides them with a rent-free tax-allowable business asset.

This formula extends to Directors and Senior Management Personnel throughout all industry sectors in the UK and Ireland. Having a sustainable, dedicated work space at home offsets the need to travel to and from work. Even if the facility is only used on 2 or 3 days a week, there is enough value in that commitment to constitute an investment in our future and a proud environmental policy for each company involved.

Studioni ltd provide customers throughout the UK and Ireland with a stunning range of sustainable garden rooms.

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Home Working Saves the Planet

As an environmentally conscious person, have you tried to estimate your personal carbon footprint? There is a link below which will allow you to input your energy use, in an easy way. I was impressed by how much of my lifestyle it assessed and appalled by how much secondary carbon I was using. The annual footprint for my family of four came to 6 tonnes, about half the national average but still more than twice the global target!

Most families have, by now, replaced their old light bulbs with energy savers and nurture a general eco conscientiouness about their thermostats and energy use. Children are fantastic at recycling and turning off taps and power switches. So what is the next step? It simply does not appeal to everyone to grow their own food and shop only in Oxfam. Certain status symbols of a successful life survive the green revolution; I meet more 4x4s on my journey to school now than I ever have. Some of these trucks cost more than the average UK house price to buy and something phenomenal to run on diesel, tax and insurance. Although I might allow myself one, if I was in that wage bracket – no judgement here! Long distance holidays requiring flights are another stalwart of our western materialism which we use to reward ourselves for hard work and jobs well done, regardless of their contribution to global warming. The truth is that these are symbols of our present reality and indicates our collective global care. So I begin a hunt for a choice which reduces our carbon emissions and is also kindly to our self-esteem.

The Kyoto Protocol states that over 40% of all toxic emissions are produced to heat our buildings in winter, cool them in summer, light them and run our high-energy-use appliances in them. There is something here we can do, something which will benefit our quality of life, propel our lifestyle and reduce our carbon footprint in one simple purchase.

My suggestion is this: Invest in a sustainable garden office – a detached room to work from, in your garden. This home-working concept can benefit every business, from the single self-employed woman who struggles to work from her dining room table amidst the after school disturbance, to the graphic design partnership which rents the space above the travel agents unit. Moving into a garden room gains her a professional working environment, free from home life and provides them with a rent-free tax-allowable business asset.

This formula extends to CEOs, Directors and Senior Management throughout all industries in Ireland and the UK. Having a sustainable, dedicated work area at home means the work journey is surpassed. Even if the garden room is only used on 3 days a week, there is enough valuable saving in that change to constitute a positive investment in the future. There are garden building companies out there who have fully considered every eco-aspect of their business and their products and created inspiring ranges of clean, eco garden rooms.

For more information on garden offices visit our website To estimate your carbon footprint, http://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx

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