Morgan Lovell’s ‘Green Office’ Podcast Sheds New Light On Carbon Reduction

A lighting expert from the University of Sheffield reveals how 20 per cent could be knocked off workplace energy bills – providing significant environmental benefits with little change to the comfort of occupants – in the latest episode of the Green Office podcast, from office design experts Morgan Lovell.

Online PR News – 23-August-2010 – – According to Dr Steve Fotios, a senior lecturer of Environmental Design and Sustainability at the University’s School of Architecture, reducing the recommended lux level for office lighting from 500 down to 400 could have a major impact on reducing energy consumption.

For 15 years, Dr Fotios has been researching ways to reduce lighting levels whilst maintaining brightness.

Dr Fotios said: “We could try to encourage better use of daylight, that’s perfect, it’s a way forward – but it’s a long term strategy.

“An alternative that we can apply pretty much immediately is to reduce the light levels, from the lux level of 500 down to 400 or 300.

“A reduction of 500 lux to 400 would save approximately 20 per cent of the energy, depending on the installation – and by changing the spectrum of lamps, for example from warm white to cool white, would maintain the brightness of a space, but still reduce energy consumption.”

The podcast is the third in the Green Office series, being produced bi-monthly by office fit out specialists Morgan Lovell.

Listeners can hear about the latest trends, technology and people in the world of green office design.

A podcast is a pre-recorded ‘radio show’ that is posted for download on the internet, typically on iTunes. Users subscribe to a podcast and download individual ‘episodes’ to their iPods or MP3 players to listen while commuting, exercising or at home.

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Photo: Office design specialist Morgan Lovell covers the topic of lighting in its latest podcast.

Editor’s notes: Located in London, Birmingham and the Thames Valley, Morgan Lovell is the UK’s leading office interior design, fit out and refurbishment specialist. With its own teams of designers, surveyors and project managers, the company can design, manage and deliver entire projects, with the benefit of just one point of contact. It is part of Morgan Sindall Group plc, a leading UK construction and regeneration group operating through four divisions of fit out, construction and infrastructure, affordable housing and urban regeneration, and an investment unit.

Morgan Lovell is a licensed BREEAM Offices Assessment Organisation. This means it is now licensed to measure the sustainability score of an office in order to identify ways companies can reduce high energy usage and waste, whilst increasing comfort and satisfaction for users of the building.

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