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Benholm Group demonstrates savings in eco-friendly premises

21 September 2015

Now that interior and external plant display specialist, Benholm Group, has spent three years at its specially designed eco-friendly premises in Falkirk, Scotland, it can prove savings, and that environmental changes can really benefit commercial organisations

A spokesperson at Benholm Group explains: “For many years we have been promoting the ‘green office’ principle –helping organisations create attractive and healthy interior environment through the use of real, living plants to clean the air, etc. and using eco-friendly materials and systems demonstrates a responsible attitude towards the environment.

"This principle helps organisations be seen as ‘green’ and we are living proof that it can benefit a business, so when we advise our clients on environmentally systems, we know that it truly works.
 
“In the three years we’ve been here, the main difference we’ve noticed is that we have over five times the space for no extra running cost which has enabled us to take on much bigger projects. A lot of this is to do with the highly efficient, environmentally friendly heating system.”
 
The company, which has been established for 22 years this month, designed its new location to retain the aesthetics of the site including recycling some of the ancient stone from the old building which was set into the new front wall to blend with the rural setting. The building was constructed using SIPS Eco Panels, is heated throughout by Biomass boilers for energy efficiency and features underfloor heating.
 
The site has low-energy lighting, a computer-controlled greenhouse with automatic shade screens, and a triple-wall greenhouse cladding. It also features Biodisc waste water treatment and rainwater harvesting.
 
“By employing these environmentally-friendly aspects to our facilities, we have also improved our OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 rating.
 
“Having the extra space has given us the ability to take on contracts that would previously have been impossible for us, such as the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games which earned us plaudits from the organisers, and a recent 300-planter installation including feature trees as well as almost 300sq.m of current green wall projects.”


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