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Constructing smart buildings

Our site at Rainham has undergone a significant development incorporating green generation and energy efficiency.

LED lighting is now controlled via movement sensors, and we have installed 90 325w QCell solar panels. We have recently installed EV charging points where employees and visitors can plug in their vehicles when visiting site. This work has made Rainham one of our flagship sites and we will be rolling out this model to other Restore properties. Embracing the spirit of the Government’s Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme, we are using our ESOS report not only to achieve compliance, but to identify the buildings where we can roll out our Rainham model.

Running on hot air

We have two of our high-security storage facilities at Bentwaters Park near Ipswich hooked up to bio-energy. Anaerobic digesters run on a mix of locally sourced vegetables, maize silage, and apple pressings to produce this ‘dark green’ energy. It’s a sustainable source that helps create long-term balance for the local farming community and land, and provides renewable energy for local businesses, and beyond.

Restore has two data storage facilities connected to this supply, which makes for lower bills and a source that’s literally next door.

Sensitive to light

With many sites in our core business, we give serious consideration to any way of reducing energy consumption when lighting vast warehouses or underground mines.

That’s why we’re deep into the process of migrating all our storage facilities to a mix of ultra-low wattage LED lighting, very slim T5 fluorescent tubes and PIR sensors, all of which are broadly effective at bringing down our bills. PIR sensors are very useful in large footprint buildings where you may only need to illuminate one aisle. Movement in front of the sensor triggers the on/off switch and keeps consumption down.