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Mobile Storage "The Green System"

The environment and more importantly, our impact upon it is fast becoming the most pressing issue faced across the globe. With each new study or documentary, it becomes more and more clear that something must be done and soon, if the situation is to ever improve. It has become critical that governments, both U.S. and abroad, are beginning to legislate environmentalism in every day life.

One area where this has become particularly noticeable is in the construction industry. New projects and existing buildings alike are now being

scrutinized for their sustainability, energy emissions and environmental impact.  In an effort to create more "green" friendly spaces, the industry as a whole and architects in particular, are searching for new and innovative solutions to old problems.

The use of mobile storage has presented itself as one of these solutions. Built on the premise of creating aisles only where needed, rather than between each row of shelving, Mobile Storage is an excellent alternative to traditional methods and offers both cost and emissions savings. With less room needed for storing files and other equipment, space can be used for other purposes or left out altogether to decrease the building footprint. It also equates to less heating and cooling of space that was not necessary in the first place, thereby lowering the energy needs of the building. Built of steel that is completely recyclable, the filing systems themselves are sustainable and may provide credits for various rating systems. Secure systems can be designed to ensure privacy laws, such as HIPPA, or inventory control is maintained.

As the projects designers, more and more architects are moving to mobile storage in initial plans to have the tracks laid in the foundation. It allows them to better determine space needs and overall emissions created by the building. The "green" nature of the product itself makes it a natural choice for profession on a leading edge of sustainability.

A closer look at the room needed to store paper records, magnetic media, janitorial products, office supplies, hospital supplies, like surgical products or any stored items, reveals a saving of anywhere from 50% to 75% of total space.

The four drawer file, the first storage cabinet introduced in 1896, required 5.9 Sq. Ft. of space to store 100 inches of files. The modern replacement for the four drawer file, the typical side style drawer cabinet, requires 5.2 Sq. Ft. per 100 inches. On the other hand, its counterpart, the lateral shelf file, requires only 1.8 Sq. Ft. of space.

While the shift from technology of 1896 to the lateral shelf created incremental reduction in the size of the building, the next step, Mobile Storage, offers a quantum leap. Planned correctly and with all but a few aisles removed, Mobile Storage can require only 1.3 Sq. Ft. or less per 100 filing inches, allowing businesses to reduce the space needed for storage and the residual heating and cooling expenses for that wasted room.

Contrary to popular perception, Mobile Storage is not a product intended soley for large corporations. The latest U.S. Census shows that there are 60 firms with 20 or fewer employees for every company with 250 or more employees. By realizing that a system created to meet their specific needs, smaller firms can utilize Mobile Storage to reduce their specific needs and lower their energy use and emissions. And if enough of them take advantage of these new opportunities, the savings can equate or surpass that of multiple large corporations. 

With building cost or rent, for regular space, runs anywhere from $25 to $250 a Sq. Ft.. Even higher for hospitals and and other specialized facilities, Mobile can reduce space needs by up to 75%. With ROI like this, Mobile Storage can make the treasury "greener" by reducing the bottom line, all the while helping Mother Earth.

Copyright :J.L. Bell 2007

About the author J.L.Bell He is currently Chairman of the Board for My Office Planning Group, a National Association of 65 Office who supply Record Management products and furniture across the country. He received an A.A.S. Degree in Computer Sciences in1969. He is CEO of The Office Planning Group in Albuquerque, NM.