If it's communal it doesn't use energy, of course. (I've commented on the same type of opinion before.)
Each cubicle is on a strict energy budget of 55 watts. That means employees get a phone, a laptop and a task light. That's it.
Combination print-fax-copy machines are centrally located; each is shared by about 50 workers. "It's been…different," says Jennifer Daw, a project manager in the building.
Asked what she misses about her old office, Ms. Daw doesn't hesitate: "My heater. That's at the top of my list," she says. "But I drink lots of hot water," she adds, waiting for the communal microwave to warm a mug of tea. Overall, she says, she finds the new space pleasant.
Megan McArdle pointed out a problem with the energy-efficient devices:
In fact, when I look back at almost every "environmentally friendly" alternative product I've seen being widely touted as a cost-free way to lower our footprint, held back only by the indecent vermin at "industry" who don't care about the environment, I notice a common theme: the replacement good has really really sucked compared to the old, inefficient version. In some cases, the problem could be overcome by buying a top-of-the-line model that costs, at the very least, several times what the basic models do.Right-wing candidates often run on a platform of stopping new regulations. I think we should try to repeal old idiotic regulations instead. We can start with the toilets that don't work …