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Air quality in the city

Published 1 June 2017 | Written by Ian Allard
CategoriesAir quality

At St Mary Axe we wanted to trial clean construction best practice, which initially involved having a baseline of the outdoor and indoor air quality on site and understanding who in the workforce was at the highest risk of air quality related issues. To do this we used the local London network air monitor (300m from site) as a proxy…


Smart indoor air quality monitoring

Published 19 May 2017 | Written by Andrew Kinsey
CategoriesAir quality

Mace are trialling Foobot Air Quality Monitors. Currently we have one installed at our head office in Moorgate and on several temporary offices in some of our London construction projects. Foobot monitors air quality parameters including CO2, VOCs and particulate matter, showing a glowing light to give a visual indication of overall air quality. Data can be viewed in an…


Using low emission Non Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM)

Published 9 December 2016 | Written by Kenneth Hills
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Minimised fuel use Mobile machinery

Description and Overview CSJV are achieving best practice by using low emission rating machines on site. The site had over 30 Non Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) at the latter end of 2013 due to an extensive programme of works which included the reinstatement of Eastbourne Terrace, excavation of the box and utilities works. Because of this programme, new plant were…


Encouraging Hybrid Travel

Published 16 November 2016 | Written by Julie Brooks
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Minimised fuel use Travel plans Workforce

To support green and hybrid travel we have now had a second electric charging point added at our head office. Our first charging point was added in 2015 and this was followed by a member of staff getting a plug-in hybrid car that they charge at work during the day so that all of their daily commute is totally powered…


Plant/ Machinery Database

Published 4 November 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesGreen purchasing Minimised fuel use Sustainable solutions Sustainable source

Using modern and innovative equipment can improve sustainable procurement. It is therefore important to be aware what alternative working methods of equipment could be most effectively used for the job. This doesn’t just mean productivity, but also other benefits such as environmental impact, health, safety and cost saving. The example below shows how one site achieved this: The contractor has…


Air Quality Monitoring Survey

Published 28 October 2016 | Written by Lucy Hingley
CategoriesAir quality

An air monitoring survey was undertaken in June 2016 to assess personal exposures to Diesel Engine Exhaust Emission (DEEE) for operatives carrying out work on the M60. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans if exposed to high fume levels. The data has shown that the overall exposure to the…


Zero CO2 emissions and reduced air quality impacts by using Electric Vehicles

Published 28 October 2016 | Written by Andrew Kinsey
CategoriesAir quality Minimised fuel use Reduce Travel plans Van signage/information

Mace have invested in Nissan e-NV200 electric vans to escort staff around some of our larger projects and between sites. Benefits include zero CO2 emissions and reduced noise levels mean less nuisance from traffic noise. Because they are entirely battery powered they emit no particulate matter when driving, reducing the impact on local air quality which is an increasing concern…


Improving Air Quality with an Air Scrubber

Published 22 July 2016 | Written by James Low
CategoriesAir quality Dust prevention Occupational health risks

As part of the dust management strategy by the Como team undertaking a Cat B fit-out of a central London commercial office space, an air scrubber was used to remove dust and unwelcome particulate matter on site. The air scrubber is positioned in the middle of an enclosed area without any ducting attached. The air is then drawn through its…


Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered CCTV Towers

Published 30 June 2016 | Written by James Low
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Minimised fuel use Reduce Rivers/watercourses

Mace have installed hydrogen fuel cell powered CCTV Smart Towers on one of our sites. The Smart Towers have allowed us to eliminate impact on air pollution, carbon and noise compared to the traditional diesel powered plant. The omission of diesel means that we’re also able to relocate and move the CCTV across the site without impacting on the protection…


Air Purification Unit

Published 30 June 2016 | Written by James Low
CategoriesAir quality Enclosures

Air Purification Units (APUs) are re-locatable units based on the concept of a living wall to reduce air pollution. Partnering with Treebox, these have been integrated into the external hoarding of a Mace project site located on a road with some of London’s highest pollution levels. The system capitalises on natural air purification benefits of plants and microbes enhanced with…


Considerate Constructors Scheme e-learning courses

Published 17 May 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCCS briefing and action plan E-learning Induction and training Scheme champion Training

The Scheme has developed free e-learning courses aimed towards helping registered sites, companies and suppliers understand why it is important to be considerate towards the workforce, environment and general public. These courses aim to increase Scheme knowledge as well as helping learners to meet the expectations of the Code of Considerate Practice by focusing on the five sections of the it,…


Clean Drive

Published 7 April 2016 | Written by Stephen Redmond
CategoriesCarbon footprint reporting Minimised fuel use Vehicle enhancements

At Redmond Group Ltd, we have introduced ‘Clean Drive’ a fuel additive that reduces harmful emissions after being inspired by an entry on ‘Construct CO2‘ we saw on the Best Practice Hub. Clean Drive is used on all personal vehicles and company vans to reduce our carbon footprint and therefore increase our environmental performance. The benefits of using this on our…


Car Charging Point

Published 15 December 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMinimised fuel use Sustainable source

It is essential that every site gives careful consideration to its potential impact on the natural environment. Environmentally friendly alternatives should be sought. Below is an example of how a site encouraged electric car use, to reduce fuel emissions: The parking area allocated for contractors vehicles was equipped with a electrical/hybrid car charging point specifically for site vehicles; This was…


Improving Environmental Performance on Site: Trialling Hybrid Excavators

Published 28 October 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality

Ways to improve your sites environmental performance should be sought. Sites should carefully consider their working methods and the impact of machinery upon the environment. Below is an example of how a site trialled hybrid excavators to improve efficiency and air quality: Hybrid excavators were sourced from outside the UK with improved fuel, CO2 efficiency and improved air quality in the…


Air Cube

Published 4 June 2015 | Written by Simon Taylor
CategoriesAir quality Dust prevention Occupational health risks

A very common cause of complaint, throughout any project, is the impact caused by dust. A well-managed site will implement systems to address this problem; which shows respect to the community and helps to minimise the impact that dust and dirt may have on the workforce. The site recently procured a number of air cubes as it was noted that dust from the…