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Clean Air Day Air Quality Quiz

Published 2 September 2019 | Written by Kirsty Cuthbertson
CategoriesAir quality Awareness Campaigns Mobile machinery

Thursday 20th June was Clean Air Day 2019, the UK’s largest campaign against air pollution. Before this on Wednesday 5th June it was World Environment Day, the United Nations’ day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment, with this year’s theme focusing on air pollution. In order to raise awareness on the subject, a quiz focusing on…


First Electric Powered JCB Mini Excavator

Published 19 August 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Idling vehicles Minimised fuel use Mobile machinery Noise

Kier Construction has tested the first electric powered JCB mini excavator whilst on their Chertsey High School site. They agreed to use the mini excavator within the ground floor of a new building so it could be trialled within a confined space. The mini excavator is powered entirely by electricity, meaning it produces zero emissions and significantly less sound than…


PM10 Real Time Dust Monitors

Published 17 June 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Carbon footprint reporting Environmental policy promoted Initial environmental assessment Monitoring Site environmental plan

In order to set the highest standards in environmental monitoring and awareness, the E03 project has bought, installed and used two Aeroqual dust sentry real-time monitors. These PM10 dust monitors offer continuous, long-term monitoring in all conditions with notification emails being sent automatically, should the set limits be exceeded at any point during the construction stage (200μg/m3 as a 15…


World Environment Day 2019

Published 17 June 2019 | Written by Sinead Gorman
CategoriesAir quality Dust prevention Idling vehicles

A full site stand down took place on World Environment day so that two topics of concern for the construction industry could be discussed with the staff. Dust, air quality and vehicle idling were all discussed with staff, with the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. Posters and information were also displayed on site in key locations.


Carbon Footprint

Published 17 June 2019 | Written by Martin McCann
CategoriesAir quality Carbon footprint reporting Carbon offsetting Goodwill work Newsletter Planting Post-completion impact Promoting achievements Trees

During our discussions about the project, we decided to focus on our impact on the environment at the Ardmore Hill site in Armagh. The site is a small social housing scheme located in a rural community in Armagh. We initially put plans in place to minimise the carbon footprint on the site through a car sharing programme, and using local…


British Safety Council’s Time to Breathe Campaign

Published 13 June 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Awareness Campaigns Monitoring Occupational health risks

In March 2019, the British Safety Council launched their Time to Breathe campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the dangers of ambient air pollution to outdoor workers. As the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) currently does not provide guidance on the risk of ambient air pollution, Time to Breathe is calling for HSE to recognise expose to ambient air…


Ecosia Search Engine

Published 28 May 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Carbon offsetting Trees

Not only has the site switched its default internet search engine to the Ecosia on all of its computers, they have also developed this previous innovation further by using it to offset the carbon footprint generated by the measured electricity usage of the temporary site set up. Additionally, this information is displayed on a graphic chart promoting the environmental benefits…


Using Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil as Generator Fuel

Published 28 May 2019 | Written by Tom King
CategoriesAir quality Carbon footprint reporting Carbon offsetting Minimised fuel use

At 21 Moorfields, we are trying to reduce our carbon footprint and minimise the disturbance to the local community who surround our central London site. Following this aim, we have decided to trial the use of a hydrogenated vegetable oil to fuel two generators on site whilst we transfer the mains power supply from low to high voltage. The ‘Green…


Environmental Performance and Report

Published 21 May 2019 | Written by Luke Smith
CategoriesActual vs target Air quality Carbon footprint reporting Carbon offsetting Energy saving measures Plastics and packaging Promoting achievements Sustainable solutions

The Wellington Place 7 and 8 project team, led by Dan Miller, has shown great leadership and professionalism by using their sphere of influence to achieve the environmental targets set at the beginning of the project. Highlights Include: 59% reduction in CO2 emissions from the following measures: 100% Renewable energy electricity supply, primary and secondary lighting circuits that reduce unnecessary…


Environmental Notice Board

Published 8 April 2019 | Written by andrea lilly
CategoriesActual vs target Environmental policy promoted Notice board Plastics and packaging Promoting achievements Recycle Spill control

At the site set-up stage, Pacy & Wheatley issue an “Environment Notice Board” to all sites to display in the welfare/ canteen cabin for all site operatives and visitors to site to view. This includes the following: P&W Objectives and Targets. Site Specific Aspects. Waste Carrier Details. Other points of reference which are displayed on the same board. Emergency Spill…


Aerosol Can Piercing Tool

Published 12 March 2019 | Written by Ann Marie Duckworth
CategoriesAir quality Implementation Recycle Sustainable solutions

The site is registered with a T15 exemption, which allows us to pierce any aerosol cans on site. The cans must be pierced with an acceptable piercer that meets the air pollution guidelines for gas emissions. The piercer is roughly £900 to purchase, but if a site plans to use over 600 cans over its duration you can make a…


Using ‘AdBlue’ on plant machinery

Published 25 July 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Mobile machinery

Construction is a key contributor to air pollution and contractors should seek ways to minimise emissions from their activities. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: The project team are piloting a scheme whereby only forklifts using AdBlue can be used on site. AdBlue reduces the harmful nitrogen oxide emissions of diesel engines, converting harmful mono-nitrogen oxide…


‘Spotlight on… air pollution’ follow-up article

Published 3 July 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Campaigns

In February 2018, the Scheme launched ‘Spotlight on… air pollution’ to raise awareness of the impact of air pollution and provide the industry with advice on tackling the issue. ‘Spotlight on… air pollution’ provides a central resource for everyone in the industry to improve their knowledge of air pollution, including statistics, examples of best practice, useful resources and practical guidance….


Air Quality Monitoring

Published 19 June 2018 | Written by Jack Simpson
CategoriesAir quality

Volatile organic compounds are common chemical contaminants found in offices and workplaces and are one reason for odours. A number of these compounds can be a health hazard for workers. Reducing exposure to these chemicals can lead to better health for workers. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention VOCs found in the workplaces can include: Paints, varnishes…


Clean Air Kits to measure NO2 levels on site and tackle air pollution

Published 11 June 2018 | Written by Heather Cornwell
CategoriesAir quality Goodwill work Improvement

Our site, Wyndham Park in Grantham, is a locally renowned green area for local residents. Due to the earth works we were introducing plant and machinery to the area, so as a considerate constructor we wanted to monitor and reduce the impact these machines would have on the ecosystem. To help site combat air pollution, Robert Woodhead Ltd ordered a…