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Portable Emissions Monitoring

Published 29 August 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Carbon management Plant and machinery

Air pollution is a huge concern for major cities in the UK, particularly London. Non-road mobile machinery is responsible for approximately 10% of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter emissions in London, so construction sites should be particularly conscious of their impact on the environment. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site was aware that there…

Clean Construction Code

Published 29 August 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks

The health and wellbeing of the workforce should be a main priority for construction sites. Occupational health risks are particularly important in this industry, and sites must demonstrate a clear commitment to creating a safe work environment. See the examples below for how one site tackled this issue: Developed a Clean Construction Code, in conjunction with the WELL Standard, which…

Early Doors Agreement

Published 29 August 2017 | Written by Michael Barratt MBE
CategoriesEfficient fuel use Idling vehicles Pedestrian safety Timings

Asking HGV drivers to arrive at site exactly at 8am to begin loading/unloading is challenging especially on heavily congested roads. Not only does this cause driver stress but can result in unwanted behaviours. Often drivers’ set off and arrive early to avoid peak traffic. HGVs are frequently observed being parked outside site gates, on residential or main roads, on footways…

Hybrid Concrete Truck Emission Reductions

Published 17 August 2017 | Written by CWCL Sustainability Team
CategoriesAir quality Hybrid/electric plant Post-completion impact

It is important to recognise that a site’s environmental impact goes well beyond the site boundary. A significant environmental impact of construction is in the production of the materials used, but it is also important to consider the impact of their transportation at both a local and wider level. Although concrete batching plants are often in reasonably close proximity to…

Environmental Briefing Cards for Drivers

Published 15 August 2017 | Written by Stuart Laycock
CategoriesIdling vehicles Training Workforce

At Battersea Power Station Phase Two, the site Environmental Team have developed a series of ‘flash’ cards which are given to vehicle drivers by the Site Traffic Marshals as they wait to access the site. These cards provide some information and facts about the environmental impact their vehicles have when idling. This has been a great way to provide information…

Construction Logistics Plan

Published 26 June 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCLOCS Traffic management Traffic management arrangements

A Construction Logistics Plan (CLP) is an important tool for planners, developers and those working in the construction industry. Having  a CLP will help to reduce the impact construction traffic has on local communities in relation to congestion, pollution and noise. A good plan will not only benefit the environment but also reduce costs as this promotes efficient working practices…

Carbon Monitoring – Action Credit Target System

Published 16 June 2017 | Written by Nichol Ioannou
CategoriesActual vs target Carbon management Monitoring and reporting Reporting and offsetting

To set meaningful carbon reduction targets for the site and to raise the profile of Sustainability, Ryewood has developed the ‘Action Credit Target System’ (ACTS). This is an alternative to setting usage reduction targets (e.g. a 10% reduction in carbon emissions), as these can be achieved or missed based on circumstance. For example, the erection of an essential tower crane…

Clean Air Campaign

Published 1 June 2017 | Written by CWCL Sustainability Team
CategoriesAir quality Campaigns Idling vehicles Workforce

Canary Wharf Contractors’ New District project in Canary Wharf have promoted the Clean Air Campaign in London, which encourages drivers to turn off their engines when not in use. The campaign is aimed at improving London’s air quality. Canary Wharf Contractors partnered with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to set up a stand in the lorry holding area on site…

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
CategoriesEfficient fuel use Energy saving measures Plant and 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
CategoriesEfficient fuel use Energy saving measures Hybrid/electric plant 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 and Machinery Database

Published 4 November 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEfficient fuel use Plant and machinery Sustainable procurement 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…

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
CategoriesEfficient fuel use Energy saving measures 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 relocatable 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…