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PM10 Real Time Dust Monitors

Published 17 June 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Carbon management Environmental policy promoted Initial environmental assessment Management Monitoring and reporting 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…

Carbon Footprint

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

Not only has the site switched its default internet search engine to 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 of…

Using Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil as Generator Fuel

Published 28 May 2019 | Written by Tom King
CategoriesAir quality Carbon management Efficient fuel use Reporting and offsetting

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 management Energy saving measures Plastics and packaging Promoting achievements Reporting and offsetting 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…

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 it is cost effective….

Using AdBlue on Plant Machinery

Published 25 July 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Plant and 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…

Managing Indoor Air Quality

Published 11 June 2018 | Written by Suzanne Webster
CategoriesAir quality

External air quality caused by dust nuisance is actively managed whereas indoor air quality management can be overlooked. At our Greenwich site we have a committed approach to limiting dust and VOC exposure to our operatives and have undertaken the following steps; Air quality specialist reviewed working practices on site focusing on Drylining, Joinery and Drilling operations where a series…

Considerate Constructors Scheme ‘Construction Dust and Air Quality’ Guidance Note

Published 8 June 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Campaigns Guidance Guidance

As part of the scoring process, the Considerate Constructors Scheme issues guidance notes to our Monitors on key issues to advise them on best practices to look out for when visiting sites, companies and suppliers. Following the launch of ‘Spotlight on… air pollution’, the Scheme redoubled its efforts to encourage registered sites, companies and suppliers to minimise air pollution from…

Photocatalytic Hoarding: Breaking Down Pollution

Published 24 May 2018 | Written by Richard Charlesworth
CategoriesAir quality Enclosures

The Battersea Power Station Phase 3a project has demonstrated its commitment to innovation, sustainability and its workforce by installing a pollution-absorbing hoarding on-site. The project team worked with the manufacturer prior to product launch to install the substrate onto site hoarding and also set up monitors to understand what the real life impact is on a live construction project. Through…

Exhaust Fluids to Lower Diesel Emissions: AdBlue

Published 23 April 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Plant and machinery

Emissions regulations set by the EU and incorporated into UK law now require vehicle manufacturers to meet stringent emissions standards. In order to meet these standards, diesel vehicles often employ selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology that involves injecting precise amounts of a liquid into the vehicle exhaust. AdBlue is one of the most common of these systems. When the AdBlue solution…