Guymer Bailey Architects - ecoBiz case study
Find out how our ecoBiz Star Partner Guymer Bailey Architects (with offices in Brisbane and Melbourne) reduced their energy use and waste.
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Guymer Bailey Architects pride themselves on creating exceptional, integrated architecture, landscape, and interiors that inspire clients and connect to the environment. They have around 50 people working remotely and regularly meeting at their office in Toowong (Brisbane). They also have an office in Melbourne.
To deal with their growing team, Guymer Bailey Architects embraced flexible work. Less than 70% of their staff work at the office at any time. When they renovated their office space, they increased collaborative space and visual connection to the outdoor while implementing additional measures to reduce their amount of energy use per collaborator.
“Guymer Bailey Architects are proud to be an ecoBiz partner because working and sharing knowledge with people that are as passionate about the environment as we are inspires us to continually improve.” Phil Jackson, Director
KEY INITIATIVES TO REDUCE ENERGY USE
- The office lighting uses LED only, with sensors in amenities. All lights are on a timer to automatically switch off at 9.30 pm in case staff forgot to turn them off. During the renovation, they removed several walls to allow more natural light to come in.
- Fewer walls allow them to prioritise natural ventilation and external views to nature. Smart ceiling fans have been installed to reduce the need for air conditioning.
- Their green purchasing policy ensures energy, water and waste impacts are checked when they purchase new appliances.
KEY INITIATIVES TO REDUCE WASTE
- They regularly review administration processes to reduce paper use and now mark architectural drawings electronically to avoid printing.
- Nothing is sent to general waste unless there is no other option. There are no desk bins, and waste is carefully separated (recyclables, organics, batteries, bread ties, bottle tops, pens, office supplies etc.)
KEY INITIATIVES TO REDUCE WATER USE
They collect and reuse rainwater for at least one of the toilets.
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