Category Archives: Corporate Social Responsibility

Defective Skylight’s Continue To Cost Polish Retailers Millions

Warsaw 27 February 2014

Skylight 3

Defective skylights currently cost Polish retail industry millions of Euros a year in energy loss. So far the extra over cost is picked up by the retail centre tenants who share in the loss. Since 2013 SOLIDEA Group EVE® team have surveyed over 1 million m2 of Retail Roofing in Poland reporting that more than 80% of skylight smoke vents are found to be defective the majority only needing simple adjustment.

 

In 2013 The Skylights Were The Highlights

Comparing surveyed retail centres in Poland the Czech and Slovak republics in 2013 Poland has without question issues with skylights. Smoke ventilation skylights are installed according to the local fire requirements in the European Union, it usually means that between 3% and 5% of the total roof area is operable to evacuate smoke in the event of a fire. On large retail projects as much as 20% “EV” [Energy Variation] occurs as a result of defective smoke vents. “EV” is a negative it means energy loss. Continue reading

Upgrade Your Office, School Or Shopping Centre To LED For Free In Poland With EVE®

Warsaw 20 January 2014

LED Strip

Since 2014, AC LED’s became tried and tested. AC LED’s production cost are far less than DC LED’s because an AC/DC converter is no longer required. Offices, schools, shopping centres and others can halve their energy bills with plug and play InsertLED® lamps. From 2014 EVE® clients can upgrade to LED lighting at no cost. EVE® are ready and willing to finance LED upgrade for a share of energy savings.

EVE® Stage THREE Clients Can Upgrade To LED With No Cost

LED is much more expensive in Capital Cost than traditional lighting installations, however longterm LED lighting save energy and have a much longer life cycle. Non LED lighting units are generally far lower cost but the advent of AC lighting means InsertLED® is far more competitive and simply by changing the light bulb. Continue reading

Developing Asthma Inclusive Environments To Achieve The Ultimate IAQ

Warsaw 31 December 2013

A House Dust Mite

An inclusive environment is one which is open and accessible to all disabilities. The inclusive environment does not foster the wheelchair ramp at the front steps it eliminates the front steps. Truly inclusive environments simply do not discriminate between the able and the disabled user. No other group reacts faster to poor IAQ than the Asthma Prone. We refer to these Asthma Prone as the “IAQ Sentinels” and we would do well to heed their warning

SOLIDEA Group EVE® Services and Building Sickness

EVE® is an acronym for Energy Value Engineering. SOLIDEA Group offers it’s expert due diligence team to its energy clients as “After The Meter Services” we are the first energy company in Poland to assist our clients in “Saving Energy”. Through a FOUR Stage Workout of better building condition, improved energy management and control, energy saving devices and finally energy offset SOLIDEA EVE® team are dedicated to save their clients energy costs but not at the expense of the health, welfare and well being of the building user. Continue reading

GTL Keeping Flares Out Of Fashion For Good Part 1

Warsaw 1 October 2013

North Dakota Gas Flare

As the exploitation of oil and gas increases to meet needy global demand and the so called net energy security of North America. The flaring of gas increases significantly worldwide. Many Countries like the United States who recently increased exploitation of new oil and gas fields not the least as a result of new fracking technologies do so at a terrific cost to the environment.

The Scale Of Flaring

Before 2010 flaring worldwide accounted for approximately 400 million cubic meters of gas per year. This creates emissions equivalent to over half a percent of total hydrocarbon and GHG fuel emissions worldwide today. Experts warn that flaring of gas for new fields and especially in North America presents a critical increase in GHG emissions which can soon account for as much as 1% of of all hydrocarbon GHG fuel emissions worldwide if not contained. Continue reading

“Hazardous Surveying” Asbestos and Indoor Air Quality

Warsaw 27 August 2013

Asbestos Fibres

Asbestos was a widely used fire retardant material which was woven or encapsulated in building materials and system to prevent the spread and passage of fire. As “Asbestos Abatement” took hold in Western Europe Central European manufacturers took advantage of low cost Asbestos raw materials for more than two decades.

“As asbestos contained materials [ACM’s] near the end of their usable life cycle they become dry and as they decay they crumble easily releasing toxic micro fibers into the air we breathe”        

Woven into concrete Asbestos creates a low cost strong and rigid materials for such systems as roof panels, insulation boards, pipes and conduits although these materials present a real danger to health in some conditions they can be readily seen decaying all across Central Eastern Europe.

Why is Asbestos So Dangerous?

Asbestos occurs naturally in minerals it consists of tiny hair like fibers which once inhaled can remain in the respiratory system for many years where they can causes various forms of malignant lung cancer including Mesothelioma, and Asbestosis. Inhalation risks other illnesses as a result of mechanical damage. In any building environment where Asbestos is installed Asbestos is a significant risk to all building users. Reasonable exposure to Asbestos now can go undetected however be fatal later in life. Smokers who are exposed to Asbestos are at considerable risk from malignant lung cancer. Continue reading

Get A Surveyor! – Mitigating CO₂ Can Cost Lives

Warsaw 19 August 2013

Radon Kills

Who better understands the impact of CO₂ mitigation than the SOLIDEA Groups EVE® team? During the many technical due diligence and conditional surveys to date the EVE® team has recorded thousands of insulation, air tightness, and other building defects. But did you know ongoing insulation of buildings in Central and Eastern Europe designed to mitigate CO₂ emission actually puts lives at risk?

The Hazards of Radon

After cigarette smoking and radon exposure together, cigarette smoking and thereafter radon alone are the number one cause of lung cancer in the European Union. As more people stop smoking [and stop smoking near others] lung cancer cases clearly decrease as a result of smoking habits.  However cases of lung cancer as a result of building sickness and radon exposure are increasing at an alarming rate. Continue reading

Buildings Don’t Need to Breathe Only People Do!

Campus OneWarsaw 14 February, 2013

Commercial buildings which do not achieve Air Tightness often waste 20% to 40% of the total energy that they consume. When the building envelope is not tight energy is simply lost to the outside. Defective roof lights, smoke hatches and curtain walls, a result of poor design, defective construction, or incomplete maintenance is widespread. “We waste so much energy for no good reason” says SOLIDEA’s Steve Walker  “Air Tightness is the big ticket cost in retail, commercial offices and hotels, and it has nothing to do with the level of Insulation installed”

What is Air-Tightness?

The level of Air Tightness in a building is measured as Air Permeability it is the measurement of the volume of air which leaks through the building envelope per hour per m² of building envelope at 50 Pascals Differential Pressure. Air Permeability is then expressed as a rate for example 3 m³/h. m² at 50 PA which is much better than 7 m³/h. m² at 50 PA. We can test Air Tightness on site and we can easily quantify the energy losses simply by measuring Air Permeability Continue reading

Autumn’s Energy Windfalls

Warsaw, Poland 31 October 2012

Every year thousands of tons of leaves need to be swept up and disposed of by district and local park authorities. It’s a costly but necessary business because leaves block drains, paths and roads. Unswept leaves spoil parks, and avenues. But the gasification of leaves reduces public costs and can create much employment. As a source of renewable energy feedstock Autumns Windfalls for the community is truly value added commodity Continue reading

Green Coffee Grinds Feedstock

Gothenburg September 29, 2012

There is not an industry more focussed on being green than the Coffeehouse business right now. On the high street its all about green credibility. There is much debate about in store waste and renewable coffee cups, not to mention what to do with the spent beans or “grinds” as they are called in the trade. When the SOLIDEA Group EVE® team were asked to look at how renewable energy might best impact the Coffee business we came up with a few surprises.

The SOLIDEA EVE® [Energy Value Engineering] team review business premises and industry segments to introduce renewable energy solutions to save energy, save money and add value. SOLIDEA’s clients want to be the World’s first Zero Net Energy Coffee House Operators. Continue reading

The Basics of “Watergy” for Countries without Pants

Stockholm June 15, 2012

Container Deposit Legislation [CDL] is soon to be adopted throughout the European Union and it would do best building on the success of the CDL in Sweden. The aim of CDL is to improve the efficiency of recycling, reducing the impact at the landfill, it targets beverage packaging sorting, where a nominal deposit provides an economic incentive to clean it up. By taking the packaging back to the supermarket or recycling center the bearer may redeem the deposit.

Practically all consumption-ready soft drinks, alcohol and other cold beverages sold in Sweden have a deposit or “pant”. A pant is often mistakenly referred to as a tax. “A pant is not a tax because you get it back” Says SOLIDEA’s Steve Walker “and now, its not only beverages, many kinds of aseptic packaging may also now carry pants”. Continue reading