Both Friends House and Swarthmoor Hall are Grade II listed buildings. Respectively built in 1927 and the 1600s, the old age of the buildings poses a real challenge to the team. They have to maintain the buildings to the highest level of health and safety, while making them havens of sustainability. You can see below a list of innovations and works carried by the team at Friends House:
We have installed motion-activated lighting throughout our building to reduce wasted energy.
Where possible, we have replaced all our light fittings with energy efficient LED bulbs.
We have fitted solar film to external windows to help keep our building cooler during the summer months.
We installed a building management system (BMS) to control our heating and ventilation.
We have high-performance hand dryers, that only use around 1⁄5 of the energy of conventional dryers.* ( *Source:
Whilst refurbishing our meeting rooms and offices, we have insulated all of our external walls.
To reduce our water usage, we have installed dual-flush toilets, and motion sensors on taps and urinals.
We replaced our boilers with new energy efficient models to help reduce our energy needs.