Tim Finlay, brites development officer (left), Jacqueline Gibson, sustainability coordinator, Graham (centre), and James Hughes, Graham facilities manager (right) celebrate the news that using brites will result in substantial predicted savings of approximately £11,000 per year in energy costs for The Graham Group and will also help reduce the company's carbon footprint even further.
THE Graham Group has appointed brites, produced by Fermanagh based company Balcas, as the preferred fuel supplier for the company's new 3,000 sq m ecofriendly headquarters outside Hillsborough.
The new state-of-the-art sustainable building, which was recently awarded the highest BREEAM rating of Excellent, includes a Hoval stand alone wood pellet heat source installed by MacFarlane Environmental, which will result in predicted savings of approximately £11,000 per year in energy costs and will also help reduce the company's carbon footprint even further. By burning 130 tonnes of brites instead of 65,000 litres of oil they will be offsetting 156 tonnes of CO2 and 43 tonnes of carbon.
Brites has previously worked alongside the contractor to fuel and heat two recently constructed schools — Pond Park Primary in Lisburn and Victoria Primary in Ballyhalbert, both designed and constructed by Graham Construction.
Jacqueline Gibson, sustainability coordinator at Graham, commented: "As a leader in our industry we recognise that We have a corporate and social responsibility to ensure we conduct business in a manner which is respectful of the environment so our new flagship headquarters were designed with energy efficiency and sustainability in mind.
"An efficient building is only as good as its fuel source and we feel that brites are by far the best option for our heating and energy needs. "We hope that the green design elements we have incorporated demonstrate that The Graham Group practices what it preaches in terms of sustainability, she concluded.