Could going green be good for your business?

December 11th, 2012 Category: Office Cleaning

Many sectors are highly competitive, with each firm vying for business and looking to steal a march on their rivals.

As a result, individual companies end up using all sorts of methods to stand out and attract the right type of attention.

One good option might just be embracing green features in a commercial property.

Consumers know more about environmental issues today than ever before and they tend to take a dim view of those firms that don't try to do their bit in helping the planet.

Therefore, moving into premises that offer lots of sustainable, energy-efficient features can be a great way to showcase your green credentials. And making sure eco-friendly cleaning materials are used rather than chemical-based products could help to consolidate them even further.

The University of East Anglia could soon be set to host what has been billed as Britain's most environmentally-friendly commercial scheme, subject to planning permission be granted.

Some £8.2 million will go towards ensuring Norwich Research Park Enterprise Centre will make extensive use of sustainable materials and low carbon energy, Construction Enquirer reports.

As a result, it could be a valuable opportunity for organisations to see how an eco-friendly approach can be applied in a practical and affordable manner, so they can adopt some of these measures for themselves.

John French, director of the project, is certainly aware of how the premises could be perceived by the public.

"It will be a huge benefit to the local economy and to our local reputation as a green capital," he commented.

"We want to demonstrate that this is possible to do so that people will copy it."

Mr French added that people do not change their ways unless somebody makes an effort to be the first to try a new way of operating.

So the success of this particular project, which involves commercial occupiers and university students operating on the same site, could be crucial if it is to inspire more businesses to try to help the environment and cut their carbon footprint.