“Going green” is no longer just a trend. Environmentally-friendly developments are becoming increasingly important to the Australian property investor and homeowner.
Showcasing your building’s green credentials is a valuable tool in distinguishing your development in an over-saturated marketplace.
Building material manufacturers are looking to go-green and kitchen and bathroom appliances are no different. Suppliers showcase green initiatives through minimising energy consumption, innovative design, careful material selection and product recycling.
We’ve listed 4 key ways in which kitchen and bathroom appliances can minimise their environment impact.
Within Australia, Energy Rating and WELS water ratings are the transparent way for consumers to see how much energy their appliances consume. These government-run ratings are highly trusted by the public and provide a great opportunity to showcase the benefits of your development’s appliance selections.
For example, Fisher & Paykel aim to achieve the highest standards of these ratings. Innovative engineering has allowed them to reduce energy consumption in refrigerators by 60% and water consumption from their dishwashers and clothes washers by 55% and 80% percent respectively.
Environmental impact for appliances can be minimised both through energy consumption and the product design itself. Green design focuses on material impacts on the environment during the manufacturing and recycling process.
Italian-brand Smeg makes green design a core component of its design process through actively choosing materials that can be easily recycled, such as steel, glass, aluminium and brass.
Appliance manufacturers can take a step further and make sustainability a core component of their manufacturing practices. These initiatives provide great stories and a point of difference for your clients by indicating how you align your development with manufacturers who are conscious of their environmental impact.
Electrolux has woven sustainable practices into their business philosophy, with a transparent annual sustainability report. Since 2005, Electrolux has seen a 27% reduction in their carbon footprint, used 42% less energy per product manufactured and reduced their carbon footprint throughout their manufacturing process by 50%.
Every kitchen and bathroom appliance has a lifecycle. Through careful materials selection, manufacturers have created products that can be easily recycled and renewed again through the next generation of products.
One component of appliances that isn’t always taken into consideration is the packaging. Winning Commercial looks after this in-house, with a comprehensive recycling program that takes care of all elements of appliance packaging, saving time and effort for their customers.
Manufacturers and suppliers are actively showcasing how they are minimising their environmental impact. As developers, architects and builders, consider highlighting how you are minimising your impact as well.
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