Recession opportunities: green our offices
Posted March 22, 2009on:
The seriousness of the recession is exaggerated and underplayed!
All around us, we hear the doom and gloom of the recession and I think this talk is both exaggerated and underplayed Indeed, it is exaggerated because it is underplayed.
The economy needs structural change
The economy has not been strained like the plant on my desk that will bounce back with a little water. The economy has been strained like the continous salad on the window sill that needs to be replaced.
Britain has a long tradition of science
Such stress in the economy would be a disaster if there was no way of replacing it. But we only have to watch TED talks to know we are on the cusp of major technological changes and though Britain does not contribute as much to the R&D efforts of the world as the US, we are up there and have a long tradition of serious science.
How will technological change open up jobs for you and me?
I am making it my business to look out for the job opportunities of the future and TED once again obliges with a future opportunity that does not require a PhD in science, though it is certainly based on science.
We are going to green our offices to jungle proportions. Yep, you will work in a thicket and the last thing you will do every night before you go home is wipe the leaves of 10 bushes very carefully! Once a quarter, you will pop your plants outside and bring in another set!
And for greening your office, you will
- Save 15% of power and this is pretty important because 40% of the world’s energy is put into airconditioning.
- You will feel heaps better and be ill less often
- You will have 42% chance of an increase of 1% oxygen in your blood.
- You will be 20% more productive. That’s a lot.
So where is the opportunity?
In plant growing and tending of course!
I wonder how many people who run nurseries have been scribbling figures on the backs of envelopes.
- How many airconditioned buildings are there in UK?
- What is the capital cost of equipping the buildings with a new set of plants?
- What will be the knock-on effect on air-conditioning businesses and power companies?
- What would be the projected power decrease and how would it be offset by increased fumes as we ship plants across UK on our inefficent road networks?
- Who else is effected? Well, HR and productivity specialists are put squarely in their place at a 20% productivity increase!
What other side effects can you think of that I haven’t thought of?
And here are the details for the greening of your office from Kamal Meattle speaking at TED
- Co2 to Oxygen
- 4 Shoulder high plants per person
- Wipe the leaves daily in Delhi or weekly in less congested place like Milton Keynes
- Outdoors every 3 to 4 months
- Co2 to Oxygen at night
- 6-8 waist high plants per person
- Removes volatile chemicals like formaldehydes
Evidence of the benefits of green offices
- Tried this green formula in Delhi office
- 50 000 square feet
- 20 year old
- 1200 plants for 300 occupants
- 42% probability that your blood oxygen goes up 1% when you spend 10 hours in the building
- Reduced incidence of
- eye irritation by 52%
- headaches by 24%
- respiratory illnesses by 34%
- lung impairment by 12%
- asthma by 9%
- Human productivity increased by 20%
- Reduction of energy requirements in the building by 15% because of reduced air conditioning
- Replicating with 1.75 million square feet building with 60 000 plants
Importance of greening offices
- Demand for energy will grow by 30% in the next 10 years
- 40% of energy is used by buildings
- 60% will live in cities with population of more than 1 million people
I must get this together before next winter!