As part of an extensive refurbishment of its Leatherhead headquarters building in Surrey, the Wates Group chose to replace its current hand drying system with the EcoCurve 550A.
By switching to this smart technology, Savortex estimates that the company will make significant cost and energy savings, including 77.10 tonnes of CO2, totalling £14,630 over a seven-year period.
The Wates Group is one of the largest privately-owned construction, development and property services companies in the UK. With a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainability, the business is keen to ensure its buildings leave a positive legacy.
As a result, Wates is constantly on the look-out for innovative products that can not only help improve its carbon footprint but also provide a cost effective and sustainable solution for its clients.
Wates Sustainable Technology Services, supports customers and partners of the Wates Group in achieving their sustainability goals by helping to identify, select and implement cost-effective proven sustainable technologies that comply with regulations, lower carbon emissions, improve building performance and reduce operational costs. By being selected as an approved supplier, SAVORTEX has been added to the Wates Sustainable Technology Services database and is promoted to existing customers and partners of the Wates Group for pilot or potential roll-out across entire property portfolios.
In 2016, Wates refurbished its headquarters in Leatherhead, Surrey. This building houses over 350 employees so a key focus of the redevelopment was to improve the building’s sustainability and efficiency.
Wates introduced a number of innovative products to help save water and energy usage. This included Waterblade, a device that can be fitted to the end of taps to reduce water usage by 60%. Propelair, a high-performance toilet that uses 84% less water, was also installed as part of the upgrade alongside a replacement of the company’s Mitsubishi Jet 1200W hand dryers with the EcoCurve 550A from SAVORTEX.
Wates chose to trial the 550A due to the substantial energy savings the solution provides. The EcoCurve 550A uses a patented energy recovery and curved air delivery technology, which results in a 66% energy saving compared to any other dryer on the market, and as a result, delivers considerable carbon and cost savings.
Since the refurbishment of its headquarters building, Wates has made an overall saving of 20% on its energy consumption by working with sustainable technology suppliers on the Wates Sustainable Technology Services database.