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Tools and Guides

We have a range of practical tools and guides that will help you cut costs, reduce waste, and save energy and resources

Scroll down our list, to source what you need to build in resource efficiency to your business :

Green network for businesses

We learn best when we learn from each other, which is why we’ve devised our green network, allowing you to plug into a network of like-minded organisations and see resource efficiency in action.

Just type in your postcode, and we'll plug you into your local network. We know you're busy, so we've enabled you to refine your search to specifics. Search by sector, by age of premises or by resource efficiency measures in the supply chain. Look up renewable technology options for being greener – from PV solar to biomass wood-chip boilers. The green network also enables you to see what the competition is up to, share information and best practice, and perhaps even lay the foundations for profitable partnerships.

Material Considerations: A Library of Sustainable Building Materials for the construction sector

An innovative digital library developed for the construction sector. The materials library is a virtual version of the physical Lighthouse Library in Glasgow. It showcases sustainable, traditional, innovative, recycled and low carbon building materials. The resource will be useful to construction professionals, architects, builders, home-owners and students. Supported by Forestry Commission Scotland and Zero Waste Scotland

Lighting calculator

Did you know that lighting can be as much as a fifth of an energy bill? You can work out just how much you are spending by keeping the lights burning with this easy-peasy tool. 

Lighting improvements calculator tool

Before you spend your hard earned cash on new lighting, do make use of the calculator that will help you work out your initial costs, potential savings and payback period. 

Savings Finder

Psst! Wanna save up to 30 per cent on your energy bills without even trying? Our Savings Finder can help you cut your energy & water use, waste costs and resource-spending, and will take only ten minutes of your time. Simply fill in our quick questionnaire, furnishing us with such info as target areas to examine (water use, building fabric, heating); the nature of your business; where you're at now with your energy efficiency measures, and where you want to be…

Just pop in your details, and a full report will ping to your in-box so you can start making changes and saving money and energy straight away.

Your guide to managing food waste

When you are in the business of food the last thing you want to be doing is wasting it. Our free, comprehensive guide helps you lead the food waste prevention revolution. Sensible housekeeping, considered menu-planning and practical disposal, we’ve got it covered. 

Save money on waste: Implementation guide

Cut your waste collection costs through waste prevention, re-use and recycling. You may find the waste prevention plan useful, too. 

Guide to designing out construction waste

A complete guide to designing waste out of a construction project for clients, designers and contractors.  All aspects of the whole life of a building is covered from initial design to decommissioning. The aims of the guide are to help reduce the use of virgin materials, optimise resource-efficient maintenance and repair, and maximise re-use of materials at the end of life. This easy to read guide will help you make informed decisions that will save you both time and money. 

Waste prevention beats waste management – hands down. 

Create a Site Waste Management Plan for construction

When you are planning your construction project, this free tool will help you to; evaluate waste by category, identify ways to reduce waste and even create an audit trail for waste regulations. Best of all, it’s in an easy to use template format.

By measuring and monitoring your materials and waste, you are in a better position to prevent and manage construction waste on site. Use our tool to tool to track materials and waste, save money and meet your legal obligations.

Whole life costing tool for the procurement of construction materials

Do you know how much your building will cost throughout its lifetime? You can with our Whole Life Costing Tool. Covering new builds, refurbishments, retrofits or repairs you can calculate all construction, building and up-keep costs. Surprises are lovely. But not when it comes to money.  

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