BK reduces its carbon footprint in Scotland
Balfour Kilpatrick, the multi-services and power-systems business of Balfour Beatty, has moved its head office, projects unit and Scotland West operations to a new building to reduce its carbon footprint. The new office is the Lumina Building in Hillingdon Park, Glasgow — close to the previous premises. Managing director Garry Black, explains, ‘The building benefits from lots of natural daylight, energy-efficient lighting controls, solar-thermal water heating and solar-control glass, which make the building very energy efficient. Lumina Building is in excess of BREEAM best standards. All white goods will be AAA rated, and even the desks are from an FSC-approved source, making the office as environmentally friendly as possible. ‘A car-sharing/parking policy has been introduced, and showers and cycle racks are provided as part of the green travel plan. These initiatives will go a long way in helping us meet and exceed our carbon-reduction targets as part of our see-the-future campaign’ Other features of the building include reducing power usage through server consolidation and virtualisation. Air conditioning is energy efficient through interactive climate monitoring, and 87 m3 of water will be saved each year using waterless urinals.