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How to create a sustainable and eco-friendly security control room

Blogger, Saraval Industries

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John Morabito is a blogger for Saraval Industries, a provider of modular furniture, technical furniture and more.
March 22, 2017

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Moving toward sustainability through creating an eco-friendly security control room doesn’t have to be expensive.

Actually when done right it can actually help to save you money through energy savings and purchases of used equipment. We’ve put together some of our favorite ideas for how to create a more sustainable dispatch centre or control room.

Some of these ideas are best suites for when you are building, remodeling or refurnishing your command centre, but others can be applied at any time.

Turn down the lights

While it’s important for everyone to be able to see what they are doing, turning down the lights can help to make monitor screens more visible while at the same time helping to reduce your carbon footprint in a direct way. Make sure everyone is comfortable with the lighting, and no one feels tempted to drift off to sleep.

Use recycled building materials

When setting up a dispatch command centre, if environmental friendly is a priority to you here are some tips for construction that may help. When choosing the materials to be used in the construction, they should be from recycled materials instead of going for new materials. Some of the recycled materials you could use include:

  • Carpets that are made from the recycled plastics
  • Roofing that is made of rubber from recycled products
  • Recycled material ceiling tiles
  • Recycled furniture or eco-friendly furniture made of recycled materials

Every control room should aim to reduce the amount of furniture that ends up in landfills. Brands like Saraval Industries focus on providing used furniture to dispatch centre.

Using recycled furniture can in fact be one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to reduce your ecological footprint.

The EPA reports that each year as much 9.8 million tons of furniture end up in landfills each year. While a lot of that certainly isn’t dispatch furniture, perfectly good consoles get thrown away each month when dispatch centre refurnish, move, consolidate or close.

These desks can then be refurbished and customised to your needs by most used furniture dealers.

Make recycling easy for everyone

Waste management is one of the most important things to look at when trying to become greener in the workplace. Everyone pretty much has a rubbish bin at their desks, and most companies recycle to some degree.

But take recycling one step further and add small recycling receptacles at each desk. Rubbermaid makes one that’s only $3 on amazon. Basically, any spare receptacle will do but saving your team trips away from their phones can keep things like drink bottles, food paper waist and other recyclables out of their rubbish, and out of landfills.

In a busy dispatch centre with lives on the line, there’s really not much time to think about getting up to go recycle, but if you allow eating or drinking in your dispatch centre, you should think about adding recycling bins and see how much recyclable material you collect!

Add some plants to the room

Plants help to purify the air naturally without electricity, while at the same time providing a moral booster. Succulents don’t take much water or care but can also be a great decoration for any desk or office space, even a dispatch console.

 

 

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