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Innovation Awarded at Working Buildings Week

15 October 2009

Highlight of the Working Buildings Week event last week was the presentation of Awards to exhibitors for the latest innovation show, and to London’s best workplace at Islington Council.

The Working Buildings Innovation Awards, in association with PFM Magazine, were presented to the deserved winners in the FM Academy, located in the Total Workplace Management 2009 exhibition. Celebrating innovation and business excellence in the effective and efficient management of a working building, the awards were open to all exhibiting companies at Total Workplace Management, the UK’s largest FM and Estates Event; M&E - The Building Services Event, the UK’s only dedicated building services event and Energy Solutions Expo, the UK’s fastest growing energy management event.
The winners of the Working Buildings Innovation Awards 2009 are as follows:
Best London Workplace
WINNER: Islington Council:
  The judges were shown at Islington Council in North London how it aims to reduce its carbon emissions by 15 percent  by 2010 across its large and diverse portfolio of over 170 buildings. With a dedicated £1.5m programme of investment to improve the energy performance of its buildings, Islington has focused on  improvements to heating and ventilation controls, lighting upgrades, replacing older inefficient boilers and improving insulation levels as well as renewable energy installations including a biomass boiler, five solar thermal (hot water) systems, eight solar PV (electricity producing) arrays and four wind turbines. So far over 430 tonnes of CO2 has been saved as a result of this investment.
Working in a partnership  (ICCP)  with 150  businesses, charities and public sector organisations including The Royal Mail, Linklaters, Starbucks and Scope, has collectively saved over 7,000 tonnes of CO2 towards the target.  So far over 50 renewable technologies have been installed saving around 500 tonnes of CO2 and the Borough’s recycling rate is up from 8 percent (2003)  to 30 percent  in 2009 – that’s over 10 percent less waste to landfill. About 90 Green Liaison Officers encourage council staff to join in campaigns to switch off lights and office equipment,  and reduce waste.
A “High Commendation” was also given to EC Harris for their entry into the ‘London Workplace of the Year’ category
Best Innovation in Green Products and Services, AND
Best Innovation in Building Services
solar detectors control of lighting according to demand – governed by the presence or once a specified level of daylight is reached. This detector is based on EnOcean's STM 110 module which derives its energy from powerful indoor solar cells and manages entirely without batteries by harvesting the necessary power from its surroundings: from linear motion, light or differences in temperature, for example. The amount of energy obtained in this way is enough to send a wireless signal, to turn lights on and off. Zurich University fitted about 100 rooms with SENSOLUX and reduced its electricity bill by about 20 percent.
Best Innovation in Energy Management
WINNER: PowerPerfector
is an energy saving technology that saves energy by optimising the electricity supply, saving on average 13 percent on electricity bills and can be paid back in just under two years. A powerPerfector unit has become the solution of choice for many public and private organisations when looking for a technology that will reduce electricity consumption, energy costs and carbon footprint in one value-for-money, easy to install, package.  It has the ability to optimise and improve the incoming voltage for a whole site and therefore cut energy costs. This reduces energy bills and also improves the efficiency of electrical equipment.
Best Product Innovation
WINNER: Condeco Desk and Room Screens
from workspace management specialist RNM Systems,  are interactive digital signage solutions that enable companies to maximise and subsequently increase desk and meeting room utilisation.Managing space more effectively is one of the key concerns for private and public sector organisations. These organisations are keen to understand how often a desk is used, what their meeting room utilisation is, where flexible working could be successfully deployed and record when booked resources are not used.  These  interactive screens use the latest in touch-screen technology to provide vital information and functionality from right outside the meeting room or on the desk itself to help maximise room and desk utilisation even further.
Best Innovation in FM Services
WINNER: GPT Waste Management
a bespoke and client focused service aimed at providing simple, cost effective and manageable systems that can easily be implemented at site. It aims to reduce its clients carbon footprint and deliver waste management solutions to minimise the impact on their business, people and space. From initial site audit, GPT staff offer clients ongoing assistance with monthly or quarterly meetings, monthly waste management reports highlighting volume and recycling rates and annual audits.
Adrian Newton, Portfolio Director – Building Services, UBM Live, said: “We were astounded by both the number and quality of entries we had for this year’s Working Buildings Innovation Awards. I would like to say congratulations not only to the deserving winners but also to all those who took the time to enter as picking the winner in each category was the toughest it has ever been. These prestigious awards continue to highlight the very best products and services in this evolving industry and the 2009 entries are a testament to the quality that is available in the market.”

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