EcoVision: it starts with an ambition
No matter what your real estate goals are, you need a specific plan. Whether your goal is to reduce energy consumption or a completely energy-neutral building, EcoVision will make your sustainability dreams come true. Rianne Post, Business Developer Sustainability, explains how.
Plan for the Energy TransitionMaking buildings sustainable starts with identifying your goals. Would you like to eliminate gas, innovate or is the focus on a short payback time for now? Together we will determine your goals (EcoVision) and we will measure how far you have progressed in making your buildings sustainable (EcoScan). Together with our core Sustainability Team – consisting of an energy consultant, contract manager and engineer – I translate this into a future-oriented sustainability plan: The EcoRoadmap. This is a guide designed to comply with the complex energy transition task on the basis of smart steps. For example, by insulating first to reduce heat consumption. And after this, by replacing technical systems with more sustainable versions at opportune times. Steps – large and small – all scheduled at the appropriate time.
Regardless of your vision, we will map out the best route together
Affordable sustainabilityThe advantage of a clear path is that you can both be ambitious and at the same time keep a grip on your investments in sustainability. For example, we often encounter customers who are ambitious but are shocked by the costs of doing everything all at once. Our suggestion is to do it in steps. We use the EcoScan to map out the building: what measures have already been implemented and roughly which ones deserve consideration. You will quickly acquire insight into the measures that have a relatively short payback time.
If the following step is an EcoRoadmap, we use different levels of ambition as the starting point. The EcoRoadmap answers questions such as: what else do I need to do to qualify for an A label or to completely eliminate gas? What are the consequences for my building and what are the additional costs involved in this? What are the components for which I can apply for a grant and what is a logical time for doing this? This insight into investments and the associated payback makes it easier for you to decide what to do and what not to do.
The path to circularityThe goals that go furthest are circular. That means that we also take the CO2 emissions associated with the manufacture of building components and technical systems, and the waste processing thereof, into consideration. It would be nice if in the management and maintenance world we could extend the service life of the technical systems and save on raw materials through smart use and reuse. This also requires different business models and cooperation with suppliers.
Take light as a service for example. With this service building owners no longer purchase lamps themselves, but take out a ‘lighting’ subscription. For example they may pay for the number of lamp burning hours. Our customers Festo in Delft and The Green House in Utrecht are already subscribing to such a service. The benefits? This way users have an additional incentive to save on electricity, and the supplier – who retains ownership of the lamps – benefits by supplying a product that lasts as long as possible. But this is only the beginning of circularly management and maintenance, which is still in its infancy. Yet, we are already working on this, because EcoVision also means that we must stay ahead of the goals and needs of our customers and together formulate a response to these goals and needs.
A flexible roadmapOnce we have defined your EcoVision together, your goals and the path towards sustainability are mapped out, but you can take a number of turns while you are still underway. For example, if your level of ambition changes while you are underway. This is possible because the EcoRoadmap consists of a number of scenarios. Someone who opts for the most ambitious scenario can switch to a different level when the available budget is reduced. Just as I am unable to live fully sustainably right away, a building owner does not have to immediately reduce CO2 emissions to zero. Regardless of your vision, we will map out the best route for getting there.
On a journey together with Ecolution
Strukton Worksphere helps building owners and managers make their buildings more sustainable. We consider this a journey that we are making together and we refer to it as Strukton Worksphere Ecolution. The journey starts with EcoVision: together we establish the ambitions and the goals. This is followed by the EcoScan, during which we analyse your building and discover the possibilities together. This also includes an EED or one of the alternatives. Next, in the EcoRoadmap, we define the plan for improvement in the form of an ideal and cost-efficient plan. In the EcoAction phase we design the associated measures and implement them. Finally, we guarantee the agreed upon performance through monitoring and optimisation. We refer to this as EcoPerformance.