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5 Sustainable Mowing Tips

Sustainable Mowing Tips

As technology continues to rapidly evolve, so too does alternate ways of caring for and maintaining large, open spaces and creating sustainable mowing solutions. Robotic solutions and vehicle automation has led to the development and innovation of greenkeeping technology. Although most automated robotic solutions for the maintenance of greenkeeping spaces is more than two years away, there are already promising signs of innovation. We are constantly monitoring the market of automatic technology for more sustainable ways of maintaining sustainable mowing, biodiversity and environmentally friendly practices in order to protect our natural environment.

Creating a sustainable way to care and maintain large open spaces is crucial to the survival and ongoing preservation of the natural environment. Here are some ways to develop sustainable mowing practices:

  1. Automated technology

The development of automated mowing machines encourages safe work practices for the employees using it. The risks associated with employees mowing lawns, collecting trimmings, and cutting edges can be significantly limited when tools are automated. On top of this, automated technology can be of great use for commercial property maintenance, as large open spaces require more work and efficient practices.

  1. Switch from petrol to electricity where possible

Electric powered cars and machinery are becoming more popular as the technology becomes far more reliable. As a society, we have advanced from coal powered machinery to petrol, and in the future, electricity. Due to the size of many open spaces, electric powered tools are not yet advanced enough to cover such a vast area. While these products may not yet be available, it is crucial to monitor the market of automation tools so that when they are available, businesses are prepared for the change.

  1. Protect ecosystems

We can protect the natural environment of which we work by ensuring that we are prioritising sustainable practices. Eco-friendly sustainable mowing practices are crucial when working so closely with the natural environment. Even by considering what type of lawn you plant by using a type of lawn that requires little water and fertiliser. Maintaining an eco-friendly and sustainable mowing mindset when working in these open spaces will produce better outcomes for the natural environment.

  1. Efficiency is key

Automated technology allows greenkeepers, landscapers, and other maintenance workers to work effectively in other areas of ground maintenance. This allows them to be more efficient, spend more time being environmentally conscious, and working on other areas of sustainability.

  1. Think futuristic

Landscaping tools that support the sustainable maintenance of open landscapes is yet to be on the market, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t start thinking about applying it to your greenkeeping. Be ready for the advancement of electric powered machinery. For the moment, electric powered machinery can not be utilised for large commercial use. However, given the way that technology is advancing, it won’t be long until automated technology and bigger electric or battery powered tools is introduced to maintenance workers. We are constantly keeping up to date with the newest features of machinery and look forward to seeing modern technology keep up with the changing needs of the community.

 

“First life, then spaces, then buildings — the other way around never works.” – Jan Gehl

 

Looking after our vast and unique environment is one of the most important jobs we have. Maintaining eco-friendly, safe, and beautiful land will only become easier and more efficient as new technology is introduced. By using the modern technologies that will be introduced in coming years, we will be able to create more eco-friendly ways of taking care of our environment, by limiting pollution and the interference with biodiversity. Monitor the future of landscaping technologies to create sustainable mowing habits.

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The future of office spaces after COVID-19

Future of Office Spaces

It’s no surprise to everyone that within the last 12 months or so the world has changed significantly. The outbreak of Covid-19 has forced a number of different businesses and industries to create temporary changes that might actually become a permanent fixture in the future.

While many of the working population will eventually return to working from traditional office spaces, those offices may be very different places with every different design consideration and ways of operating. 

Here we are going to discuss some of the changes that we believe you as the employer should consider before getting your employees back in the office.

Office Design and Layout

 

There a universal idea about what a typical office environment looks and feels; that being a mixture of meeting rooms, shared common areas and cubicles. Although throughout the decades the stereotypes have changed slowly, they may be a big push to change this completely to suit the post-COVID world. 

Companies could create workspaces specifically designed to support the kinds of interactions that cannot happen remotely. If the primary purpose of a company’s space is to accommodate specific moments of collaboration rather than individual work, for example, should a large majority of the office be devoted to collaboration rooms? Should companies ask all employees who work in cubicles, and rarely have to attend group meetings, to work from homes? If the purpose of office space is purely for individual work, can companies still justify the reason for their employees to come to the office? 

One change companies should enforce is having fewer chairs and desks in a given area, this will allow for safe social distancing. In addition, having partitions/shields in between desks, spaced seating, and sufficient air ventilation will also be a big help in reducing the chances of getting COVID-19. 

In the present and future, technology is playing a central role in enabling employees to return to office buildings and to work safely before a vaccine becomes widely available. Companies will need to manage which employees can come to the office, when they can enter and take their places, how often the office is cleaned, and if they are remaining sufficiently far apart as they move through space.

To maintain work efficiency, collaboration, and corporate culture, the boundaries between being physically in the office and out of the office must collapse. For example, virtual meetings could be a good idea, as not everyone needs to physically be in the room to still attend meetings, some can join online. 

Working at the office Vs Flexible arrangements

 

It is almost certain that most office-based companies will have some sort of flexible working arrangement in the near future. In many cases, companies were already transitioning towards flexible arrangements, and this process was only accelerated by the onset of COVID-19.

Woods Bagot one of Australia’s top architectural and consulting practices propose an idea where only a segment of the workforce is at the office at any given time.

JLL and Woods Bagot both suggested more companies should split their staff into ‘teams’, with one team working at the office on certain days, and another team working at home. This will limit the number of occupants in the building at any given time. 

Others will offer the opportunity to work from home permanently, with hubs available as “touch-base spaces”. According to McKinsey research, 80 per cent of people enjoy working from home. Forty-one per cent say that they are more productive than they had been before and 28 per cent that they are as productive. 

Office cleaning and maintenance

 

If your company has decided that there is still a need for an office, it is pivotal that they look into possibly completely changing how the office is cleaned and maintained. 

“it’s recommended that surfaces should be cleaned at least daily. Special attention should be given to frequently touched surfaces (e.g. tabletops, door handles, light switches, desks, toilets, taps, TV remotes, kitchen surfaces and cupboard handles). Ideally, once clean, surfaces should also be disinfected regularly. Alternatively, you may be able to do a 2-in-1 clean and disinfection by using a combined detergent and disinfectant.”   

According to the Safe Work of Australia website; 

So it’s important that you hire companies such as Star Property Maintenances that are equipped and ready to meet the requirements of proper COVID sanitation.

Conclusion

 

As employers experiment with bringing their employees back to offices, the leadership must act now to ensure that when they return, workplaces are both productive and safe. In hindsight, there will always be a need for a “Central Office” but the current purpose/definition of having one will change in the near future. 

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The introduction of robotics to aid the cleaning industry

robotics to aid the cleaning industry

The return to work after lockdown measures could be a hugely complex affair, with employers having to accommodate various regulations alongside the concerns of employees, suppliers and customers alike. Given the bizarre circumstances placed upon them, it’s perhaps no surprise that technology is playing a serious part within the re-opening.

One popular example is the introduction of UV disinfection robots. Although this technology isn’t new to the industry, they have garnered a significant demand from hospitals, airports, hotels, shopping malls, food companies, cleaning industry, cruise ships, pharmaceutical companies, office complexes and plenty of others seeking to acquire solutions to confirm infection-free environments.

But you may be wondering how does this technology even work? Most systems of this nature utilize short-wavelength ultraviolet light to kill microorganisms via a process called “ultraviolet germicidal irradiation”. The robot begins by mapping the space it’ll be working in, and then begins moving around the room while emitting short-wavelength ultraviolet (ultraviolet C or UV-C) light to kill or inactivate microorganisms by destroying nucleic acids and disrupting their DNA, leaving them unable to perform vital cellular functions.

“It’s so powerful, it can disinfect a space of 99.99 per cent of the virus that causes COVID-19 in less than five minutes. That’s something humans can’t achieve as quickly, although humans are still needed for general cleaning and sanitizing, as well as operating the robot.”

said by Xenex, one of the leading companies in this field.

This is very promising, but what are some drawbacks? For starters, UV radiation can cause skin irritation and damage your eyes meaning that almost all machines currently in use can only work safely and effectively in rooms void of people. But we see this as not too big of issues because it could free up the employees time to do other task whilst the machines are working.

Another potential issue is cost. This technology only recently had a huge increase in production so cost is still quite high at the moment which can be a big limiting factor for smaller businesses wanting to use this technology. But this issue won’t be a problem in the near future with the ever-growing market/need for this.

Overall we are thrilled and excited to see how technology such as this can help advances the cleaning industry as a whole. Although some businesses may hesitate towards new things, we always try to have an open mind to experiment and see how we can improve our business.

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Some Helpful Tips to Reduce Graffiti Around Your Office Property

Tips to reduce graffiti

Removing graffiti can be a troublesome and time-consuming job for anyone. You need to have the right equipment and a well-trained team to do the job effectively and efficiently, without harming the surface area. Here we are going to discuss some preventative measure you can take to reduce/prevent the amount of graffiti on your work and residential spaces.

Maintenance

Having a well-maintained property will present the image that you care deeply about your outdoor space and that vandalism is not tolerated. Keeping your property well maintained should include;

  • Keeping the lawns cut and tidy (no weeds and potholes)
  • Free of rubbish

This will also help encourage your surrounding neighbours to maintain their properties so the whole neighbourhood appears neat and tidy.

Fencing

Depending on the location of your office/house you may want to consider fencing. Fencing is a great option to prevent vandals from trespassing onto your property as well as providing them with a surface area they are less likely to vandalise. This is because textured surfaces are difficult to spray paint and make graffiti hard to read. Some fencing option is; metal cyclone fence, bar fences and bamboo fences.

Security

Ensure your property has adequate security to prevent access by graffiti vandals. Restrict access to walls and other flat surfaces by installing locks, fences and gates. Secure items such as benches, barbecues and wheelie bins so they can’t be used to gain access to walls or rooftops.

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Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill 2020, A step in the right direction

Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill

As of 27th of August 2020, the Morrison Government has introduced what we consider landmark legislation that will see Australia taking responsibility for its own waste and establishes a national industry framework for recycling.

Here at Starpm we are thrilled by the introduction of this bill as it will lead our country closer to a cleaner and greener future. Keep reading below to get a good understanding of what is gonna take place.

The Bill will implement an export ban on waste plastic, glass, paper and tyres agreed by Commonwealth, state and territory governments in March this year, whilst also including the existing Product Stewardship Act 2011 with improvements to motivate companies to take greater responsibility for the products they produced as well as the waste that is created during and after its lifetime.

The NWRIC (National Waste And Recycling Industry Council) believes this bill will help achieve the overarching goal of a circular economy.  Most importantly this step by the Australian Government recognizes that waste and recycling services are an essential service. Additionally, they create a vital resource industry that makes a substantial economic contribution to the nation. It is an industry that Starpm believes has great potential to strengthen Australia’s resource security, generate clean energy, create jobs and protect the environment.