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Sprinkler System to Control Dust

Published 7 April 2021 | Written by Larisa Noaca
CategoriesAir quality Dust Dust prevention Medical conditions Occupational health risks

Construction dust can cause lung cancer, asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and silicosis to name a few. Therefore workers are the most exposed to developing these diseases, because many common construction tasks can create a large amount of dust. Especially waste disposal and recycling processes can be responsible for this, and have adverse impact on primarily the workers’ health, but…


Using Alternative Fuels to Improve Air Quality and Carbon Reduction

Published 18 March 2021 | Written by Jane King
CategoriesAir quality Hybrid/electric plant Plant and machinery

On the University of Salford SEE project they are using Green D+ fuel as part of its plans to improve local air quality and reduce the carbon footprint of the construction process. Green D+ HVO is an enhanced Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil manufactured from 100% renewable and sustainable waste derived raw materials, accepted by the Road Transport Fuel Obligation and certified…


Geopura Hydrogen Generator

Published 22 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEnergy from renewable sources Energy saving measures Sustainable solutions

The contractor are in discussion with Geopura to bring a new hydrogen generator to site to replace a diesel unit, thereby producing zero emissions. There are a limited number of these units in use and only a handful of sites have trialled them in the country. The hydrogen is delivered by tanker, and manufactured using a renewable energy source. To…


Remotely Controlled Floor Screeding

Published 22 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Plant and machinery Reduce Working methods and equipment

On this project floor screeding is being carried using a self-contained large lorry which is computer and remotely controlled to mix sand and cement in 45 seconds and then pumps the screed to the workplace. The lorry arrives on site preloaded with cement and sand. Whilst the vehicle returns to the depot to be filled with cement the sand can…


Reducing Emissions with a Diesel Alternative

Published 8 February 2021 | Written by Chris Dransfield
CategoriesEfficient fuel use Energy from renewable sources Plant and machinery

This project is reducing their carbon emissions by using an alternative fuel to diesel. They have started trialling the use of Green Diesel and Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO). HVO is a fossil free fuel made from 100% renewable raw materials and will be supplied to the project for use in both their generators and other plant machinery. Throughout the trial…


Indoor Air Quality Wellbeing Plants

Published 1 February 2021 | Written by Darren Peck
CategoriesAir quality Healthy lifestyle advice Stress

In order to provide a better work environment for staff on the project they decided to implement a wellbeing activity. This activity looked at the beneficial impact of natural vegetation (notably indoor plants) and it’s beneficial physiological effects on employee wellbeing. Poor indoor air quality can have negative impacts upon our health therefore these plants have been specifically chosen for…


Electric Forklift

Published 7 December 2020 | Written by Claire Murray
CategoriesEfficient fuel use Energy saving measures Hybrid/electric plant Plant and machinery Reduce

The project team successfully trialled an electric forklift on site at Western Yards. The forklift has zero emissions at point of use, is battery powered and provides up to 8 hours of run time. The electricity supply at Western Yards is on a green tariff, meaning that the electric forklift provides a 100% reduction in emissions compared to a diesel…


Knauf Spray Plaster

Published 18 November 2020 | Written by Barney Sparrow
CategoriesAir quality Energy saving measures Improvement Reduce Reporting and offsetting Spill control Sustainable solutions

As an internal wall finish the project team have carried out a method of preparing the internal walls for finish, which was the Knauf Airless Finish which is a highly efficient spray applied alternative to traditional plaster for finishing walls and ceilings. From a CO2 perspective, transport costs will be similar to traditional products. This is because the airless plaster…


Taking Control of Air Quality

Published 10 November 2020 | Written by Alice Ashpitel
CategoriesAir quality Idling vehicles Plant and machinery

Mace worked with EMSOL to use Bluetooth tags to track vehicle movements to site and associate these movements with air quality emissions around the site during concrete frame construction . The aim of this trial was to help provide insight into how deliveries to site were impacting local air quality and provide a proof concept for the system to enable…


Electric Mobile Tower Crane

Published 10 November 2020 | Written by Abi Inskip
CategoriesEfficient fuel use Hybrid/electric plant Plant and machinery Reduce

In addition to the tower crane on site, this project have also used an additional electric mobile tower crane. This was hired to feed the opposite side of the building and to work in conjunction with the tower crane already in use. Whilst the crane uses diesel to drive between sites, once parked and working, the crane runs off of…


Electric Bike

Published 26 October 2020 | Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesEfficient fuel use Healthy lifestyle advice Medical conditions Reduce Worker fatigue

Due to the site having two sections that are a 1 mile round trip and the site manager having medical issues the site team purchased an electric bike. Visiting between sites can happen several times a day and can add up to 10 plus miles during the course of the day. Having the electric bike also assists with a faster…


Arbnco Indoor Environmental Quality Monitoring

Published 26 October 2020 | Written by Patrick Smith
CategoriesAir quality Investigation Involvement Specialist input

As part of an ongoing commitment to workforce welfare, the Garrard House project team wanted to collect continuous, real-time data on indoor environmental quality in the construction site offices and welfare. Eight commercial-grade Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) monitors were installed by Arbnco to monitor air quality, ventilation and thermal comfort (CO2, temperature, humidity, PM1, PM2.5, PM10 (Particulate Matter) and TVOC…


Electric Dumper – Ecovolve ED 1000

Published 19 October 2020 | Written by Georgia Allen
CategoriesEfficient fuel use Energy saving measures Hybrid/electric plant Occupational health risks Plant and machinery Reduce Reporting and offsetting

On this project an Ecovolve high tip ED 1000 electric dumper was used to move material between external and internal areas of the site. As this dumper was required for use indoors, the compact nature and high manoeuvrability of the ED 1000 made it well suited for this task. Compared to a diesel alternative, reductions in noise and pollution risk…


Air Quality Action Plan

Published 30 September 2020 | Written by Rebecca Ewan
CategoriesAir quality Campaigns Investigation Programming Workforce

Mace have developed an ‘Air Quality Action Plan’ to encourage the provision of clean and healthy work environments whilst reducing exposure to respiratory hazards on site. The document covers minimum compliance (mandatory actions) and best practice covering the following topics: Identifying receptors and risks HVAC systems and fresh air supply Baseline testing and continuous monitoring Developing proposals to control identified…


Lazer Level with Vacuum Suction

Published 7 July 2020 | Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesDust prevention Occupational health risks Tidiness Working methods

On this project they are using a lazer level with a vacuum suction function which instantly attaches to any surface without causing damage at the press of a button. The product has built-in levels and a hole you drill through with automatically collects the dusts keeping the work environment dust free. The electrician and mechanical engineer now also use this…