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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 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
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Hybrid/electric plant 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 and Machinery Database

Published 4 November 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesGreen purchasing Minimised fuel use Plant and machinery 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…


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

Published 28 October 2016 | Written by Andrew Kinsey
CategoriesAir quality Hybrid/electric plant 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,…


Car Charging Point

Published 15 December 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHybrid/electric plant Minimised 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 Hybrid/electric plant

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…


Monitoring Driving Patterns to Minimise Carbon Emissions

Published 24 March 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesActual vs target Carbon footprint reporting Idling vehicles Minimised fuel use Plan Reduce Travel plans

Sites should monitor their carbon footprint and set targets for reporting and minimising carbon emissions. Drivers should receive sufficient training and efforts should be made to monitor and minimise site delivery and vehicle impact on the environment. Below is an example of how sites can effectively monitor and reduce their fuel emissions: Vehicles and transport for operatives were provided on site,…


Fuel Reduction

Published 22 October 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesImplementation Minimised fuel use Plan Travel plans

Your site carbon footprint can be reduced through limiting fuel and vehicle emissions. Every effort should be made to minimise fuel usage of transportation connected with the site. Examples of how fuel reduction plans have been implemented include: Many site managers have initiated a system to promote car sharing, comprising a large scale regional map showing who was able to share and…


Recording Workforce Travel Information

Published 16 October 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon footprint reporting Environmental policy promoted Implementation Travel plans

In order to commit to a good environmental policy, sites should always bear in mind the impact that their daily activities may be having on the natural environment.  Sites should monitor and measure their carbon footprint to ensure emissions are kept to a minimum. A number of sites have demonstrated a firm commitment to the environment, by accurately recording travel information and measuring its…