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Fuji Xerox chooses sustainability for its new Brisbane office design



Fuji Xerox chooses sustainability for its new Brisbane office design

Designed for the environment; tenants also educated on green practices, including BYO coffee cups to onsite caf and walk/cycle to work initiatives.

27 November 2008.    Fuji Xerox Australia continues its commitment to environmental and social sustainability with the relocation of its Brisbane office to the SW1 precinct in South Brisbane.

“The relocation has been about discovering new ways to work together, smarter and greener amongst the Brisbane-based teams,” said Garry Gray, Queensland’s State Operations Manager for Fuji Xerox Australia.

The new Fuji Xerox tenancy fit out on level five has been designed with advice from an accredited sustainability consultant.

“A key objective was to create an environmentally sustainable office. The sustainability consultant helped guide Fuji Xerox in taking all steps necessary to achieve our sustainability goal, including developing a tenant guide to help occupants make the most of the environmental features and ensuring 80% of construction waste was separated out for reuse and recycling,” said Gray.

All the Fuji Xerox staff has received guides on ‘Staying Green’ during their working week. Advice within the ‘Staying Green’ guide* includes “Do this for a week…and save this much CO2”, covering:

Turn off the lights at end of the day            5.4 kg for every fluorescent tube
Catch public transport, walk or ride to work
instead of driving                    50 kg (for 15 km commute)
Turn off the vending machine overnight            38 kg
Turn off your computer when you leave work        15 kg
Turn off the printer at end of the day            6.5 kg
Take the stairs instead of the lift                   3 kg (0.1kg per trip)

Brisbane’s Fuji Xerox team are also being encouraged to take their own mugs to the onsite caf at the new premises. “It may not save energy, but each person will produce a 1/30th of the waste compared to choosing a disposable cup,” says Gray.

The relocation has encouraged team members to rethink their transport approach. Services Delivery Manager Kim Aitken, who lives 25km away from the new office, intends to cycle the final five kilometres, saving a possible 33kg of CO2 each day. “I’m a bit of a fitness freak, with a young child, so this allows me to squeeze my fitness commitments into my schedule as well as contributing positively to the environment.”
 

Similarly, business development executive Christine Mullins is now walking to work. “I live just under a kilometre from the new office and I’m an active person who likes to stay healthy. All in all its better for the environment and my fitness levels to leave the car at home,” she said.

Further sustainable and environmental initiatives at the new South Brisbane premises include:

Indoor Environment Quality
• Joinery constructed of EO1 board, certified to be low formaldehyde
• Low VOC paints used throughout
• Blinds installed to assist in controlling day light glare
• Screen monitor arms provided at workstations as required

Energy
• Metering installed to monitor energy intensive areas
• C-bus and sensor lighting system installed allowing individual zones to be controlled

Water
• High efficiency fixtures installed
• AELA certified, Scheivello workstations
• Gregory task chairs selected for their high eco-preferred content, design for reuse/disassembly, product stewardship, extended warranty

Land use and ecology
• High building efficiency when tenancy is completely fitted out
• Cleaners use environmentally friendly cleaning products

Waste and recycling
Paper recycle boxes are in all work areas
Bins in the kitchen for general waste, aluminium cans and plastic and glass recycling

As well as its working environments, Fuji Xerox Australia also takes responsibility for its own products at every stage of their life cycle, from cradle to grave.

“Our parent company has established an integrated recycling system for end-of-life equipment, parts and cartridges that not only allows us to reduce new resource input to product manufacture, but also reduces the carbon footprint of the manufacturing process itself. Our ISO14001 certified, United Nations award-winning Eco-Manufacturing Centre in Sydney continues to innovate and increase parts remanufacture activity,” says Gray.

Fuji Xerox Australia also produces an independently assured, annual Sustainability Report on its activities, with the most recent revealing targets of zero waste to landfill by 2010, and 100% green power by 2011.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Kim Aitken and Christine Mullins are available – with bikes and walking gear – for photography opportunities.

About Fuji Xerox Australia
Fuji Xerox Australia markets Fuji Xerox and Xerox Products solutions and services throughout Australia. Fuji Xerox’s mission is to be the leader in the global document management market, providing solutions that provide a bridge between the paper and digital worlds and enhance business productivity through the sharing of knowledge. For further information about Fuji Xerox, please visit: www.fujixerox.com.au
 

For more information and supporting photography:
Suzanne Myerson
Fuji Xerox Australia
02 9856 5106
Suzanne.Myerson@aus.fujixerox.com

Philippa Lowe
Just Go Write
Public Relations – Fuji Xerox Australia
02 9528 8784  / 0414 711 107
pjl@justgowrite.com.au

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