Over the past few months, we have noticed an uptake in the discussion about green government buildings. While the pending election may act as an influence, here at The Refinishing Touch, we hope to encourage an ongoing, continued discussion about the importance of furniture asset management and how government buildings can benefit from the practice.
A recent article in Sustainable Industries discusses how the Federal Government should and can make sustainability a priority on all levels of decision making. The first of which is about changing the fundamental thinking behind green buildings: business- and investment-wise. Currently, 87 percent of the money spent in federal buildings accounts for salaries and benefits, as opposed to green initiatives.
As a sustainable, on-site furniture refinishing company, with over three decades of experience in the government, hotels and universities industries, we understand the important of environmentally-friendly, energy-conserving initiatives, while maintaining budget requirements.
While we believe it’s important for government buildings and organizations to review traditional green strategies, including access to public transit, telecommuting, and indoor air quality control, non-traditional tactics are also important to consider. Federal agencies, Army housing, Navy bases and even the White house have implemented The Refinishing Touch’s furniture asset management services, through refinishing, remanufacturing, and reupholstering, to save up to 80 percent on budget, and 90 percent carbon emissions when compared to buying new.
For more information on The Refinishing Touch’s services, or to get a free quote for the services at your government building, visit our website at www.therefinishingtouch.com.