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8 s t e p s to a M o r e
    Su sta in a bl e Bu il d in g
1. Green mark everything!
  Mark all energy consuming outlets with clear green
  stickers reminding users of the DO’s and DON’T’s of
  usage: lights, heating, cookers, water etc.

  Check electricity, gas and water use every month and
  try to reduce usage. This will save you money too!
2. Save Water!
  Check for leaks, including underground leaks, and
  mend. One dripping tap can waste 20,000 liters of
  water a year!


                         Signs over sinks could read “5 liters of water comes
                         out of this tap per minute – don’t waste it!”


            Look for water efficiency labels on products.


                            If you don’t have a water meter, install one.
3. Turn it off!
     Make sure all rooms not in use have their lights and heating off.

Make sure all machines and appliances not in use are turned off.


      In particular, check the building before leaving at night.
4. Insulate!
   Heat escapes through walls, windows and roofs.


   Start with easy and cheap insulation: make sure all
   gaps, cracks and holes are filled; insulate attics; seal
   windows and doors.
5. Recycle!
  Set up recycling in your building, creating clear and
  useable bins for separating trash in a way that works
  for local recycling collection.

   Install a wormery for the conversion
   of organic matter into fertiliser that
   you can then use or even sell!
6. Trash Management
          Buy in bulk and cut down on packaging.

                Use reusable bags and boxes.

           Ban junk mail.

                      Use reusable cups, plates, cutlery etc.


Give away or sell unwanted items.             Reuse packaging, plastic bags,
                                              containers, envelopes etc.
7. Choose Efficient Products
 Install energy efficient bulbs.


        Look for appliances with the Energy Star label
        or look for the appliance star rating.
8. Active Intervention
           Build sustainability awareness within your whole
           team. Everyone should have ownership of a
           sustainability policy.


                       The team appoints and actively supports someone to
                       be responsible for sustainability issues.


  Draw up a plan that this person then implements e.g. they check
  energy usage on a monthly basis; set up and monitor the trash
  recycling; make sure the building is ‘switched off’ every night; etc.
Background
 This slide show is an outcome of Creative Strategies of Sustainability (CSOS), an Engine Room
 Europe project for Trans Europe Halles, led by ufaFabrik, Berlin, Germany, Project Manager Sigrid
 Niemer. Thanks to Werner Wiartalla and Camille De Wit for contributions to this slide show.

 Further information: www.teh.net and www.ufafabrik.de



Engine Room Europe is a three year programme (April 2011-May 2014) of activities dedicated to
independent cultural workers and their creative processes. It is initiated by Trans Europe Halles
(TEH) and co-ordinated by Melkweg (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) in association with 10 co-organ-
izing TEH members. Engine Room Europe has been funded with the support of the European Com-
mission. This publication [communication] reflects the view only of the author, and the Commission
cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


Text: Sandy Fitzgerald                     This publication is produced under a Creative Commons
Cover Photograph: ufaFabrik, Berlin        Licence 3.0 Unported (Attribution Non-Commercial
Layout: Sandy Fitzgerald, Anna Weitz       Share Alike). You may copy, distribute and show in
Graphic design: Daan Drubbel               public the texts and translations for non-commercial
                                           purposes. Trans Europe Halles, 2013



                                             Download your copy at www.teh.net

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8 Steps to a More Sustainable Building

  • 1. 8 s t e p s to a M o r e Su sta in a bl e Bu il d in g
  • 2. 1. Green mark everything! Mark all energy consuming outlets with clear green stickers reminding users of the DO’s and DON’T’s of usage: lights, heating, cookers, water etc. Check electricity, gas and water use every month and try to reduce usage. This will save you money too!
  • 3. 2. Save Water! Check for leaks, including underground leaks, and mend. One dripping tap can waste 20,000 liters of water a year! Signs over sinks could read “5 liters of water comes out of this tap per minute – don’t waste it!” Look for water efficiency labels on products. If you don’t have a water meter, install one.
  • 4. 3. Turn it off! Make sure all rooms not in use have their lights and heating off. Make sure all machines and appliances not in use are turned off. In particular, check the building before leaving at night.
  • 5. 4. Insulate! Heat escapes through walls, windows and roofs. Start with easy and cheap insulation: make sure all gaps, cracks and holes are filled; insulate attics; seal windows and doors.
  • 6. 5. Recycle! Set up recycling in your building, creating clear and useable bins for separating trash in a way that works for local recycling collection. Install a wormery for the conversion of organic matter into fertiliser that you can then use or even sell!
  • 7. 6. Trash Management Buy in bulk and cut down on packaging. Use reusable bags and boxes. Ban junk mail. Use reusable cups, plates, cutlery etc. Give away or sell unwanted items. Reuse packaging, plastic bags, containers, envelopes etc.
  • 8. 7. Choose Efficient Products Install energy efficient bulbs. Look for appliances with the Energy Star label or look for the appliance star rating.
  • 9. 8. Active Intervention Build sustainability awareness within your whole team. Everyone should have ownership of a sustainability policy. The team appoints and actively supports someone to be responsible for sustainability issues. Draw up a plan that this person then implements e.g. they check energy usage on a monthly basis; set up and monitor the trash recycling; make sure the building is ‘switched off’ every night; etc.
  • 10. Background This slide show is an outcome of Creative Strategies of Sustainability (CSOS), an Engine Room Europe project for Trans Europe Halles, led by ufaFabrik, Berlin, Germany, Project Manager Sigrid Niemer. Thanks to Werner Wiartalla and Camille De Wit for contributions to this slide show. Further information: www.teh.net and www.ufafabrik.de Engine Room Europe is a three year programme (April 2011-May 2014) of activities dedicated to independent cultural workers and their creative processes. It is initiated by Trans Europe Halles (TEH) and co-ordinated by Melkweg (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) in association with 10 co-organ- izing TEH members. Engine Room Europe has been funded with the support of the European Com- mission. This publication [communication] reflects the view only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Text: Sandy Fitzgerald This publication is produced under a Creative Commons Cover Photograph: ufaFabrik, Berlin Licence 3.0 Unported (Attribution Non-Commercial Layout: Sandy Fitzgerald, Anna Weitz Share Alike). You may copy, distribute and show in Graphic design: Daan Drubbel public the texts and translations for non-commercial purposes. Trans Europe Halles, 2013 Download your copy at www.teh.net