At Touchstone we take environmental matters seriously, and we’re working hard to do our bit. So much so that we’re turning our competitors green with envy.
One of the biggest challenges for workspace operators is working within the limitations of an existing building. We successfully modified TS1 – our first office building – and introduced a number of environmentally-friendly features to help improve the building’s energy efficiency and lower its CO2 emissions, whilst encouraging our clients to do the same.
At TS2, our second office building, we took things a step further. TS2 was designed to be ‘green’ right from the word go – so much so that when we launched TS2 in 2008, we believe it was the first ever carbon neutral office space in Birmingham.
Built to the very latest specifications, TS2 boasts highly economic and energy efficient heating and cooling systems that exceed the required specifications four fold. This means our workspace is not just eco-friendly, it’s cost-efficient too – and the smaller the running costs, the cheaper your office space. On top of that it also has a stunning 3,000 sq ft rooftop garden designed by an award-winning Chelsea Flower Show designer. It’s not just a great place to take your lunch – it also acts as building insulation and provides a natural habitat for local wildlife too.
So at Touchstone, you’ll find that our office space really doesn’t cost the earth.
Why good for the environment is good for business
Our society – and our natural environment – is changing. Climate and global warming is high on the political agenda, and new targets are pressing for dramatic reductions in the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere. Businesses have an important and essential role to play in meeting these targets and helping to prevent catastrophic climate change.
Quite simply, inefficient use of energy and high carbon emissions costs money. Businesses that work in high-emission offices or that don’t tackle their energy problems will, in the future, become exposed to a rising tide of legislations and financial penalties. ‘Green’ office buildings provide cleaner, healthier environments for office workers, and with reduced energy usage, they also cost less to run. Furthermore, environmental awareness and action is also becoming a key performance indicator – and an important factor in the client’s perception of the company.
So it pays to be green in more ways than one.