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Want to cut carbon emissions? Take the stairs!

Taking the stairs instead of the lift could cut more than a third of the carbon/energy footprint of most UK buildings according to a new report by carried out by StepJockey and specialist lift consultants SVM Associates .

The study looked at the real world performance of lifts rather than the energy data provided by lift manufacturers.  The research found that:

“Lifts/elevators burned 16% to 36% more energy in real-world use than the de facto international standard predicts.”

And:

“The most commonly installed lift type – geared traction lifts – were the worst offenders. The gap between predicted and measured energy consumption was 36%.”

The report’s authors suggest that workplaces should adopt schemes to promote stair use.  By doing so, not only would they be saving energy and cutting their carbon footprint, they would also have a healthier and more productive workforce.

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