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‘Zero Carbon’ Satellite Welfare Cabins

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEnergy efficient accommodation Energy saving measures Minimised energy use Minimised fuel use

‘Zero Carbon’ satellite welfare cabins are helping to lower the project’s carbon footprint. Instead of the traditional diesel units, solar PV panels on the rooves generate sufficient power to charge the batteries and a hydrogen fuel cell provides a backup. This is their first use on a Highways project and the initial trials of two cabins have proved very successful….


Roadmender Pothole Repair Machinery

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMinimised energy use Minimised fuel use Reduce Sustainable solutions Unloading

The site is using Roadmender pot-hole repair machinery which eliminates the need to take material to the tip through re-using it. The repair lasts longer so it is more efficient and there is less delay and disruption to the public. A 90% reduction in carbon footprint has been quoted for this method.


Ecosmart ZERO Cabin

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEnergy efficient accommodation Energy saving measures Minimised energy use Noise

We have commissioned several Ecosmart ZERO units. This is their first use in UK construction. The cabins are powered by a combination of an emission free hydrogen gas powered fuel cell, which is almost completely silent and emits only pure water vapour, and an advanced solar power system, which on summer days can meet up to 100% of the power demands.


Expanded Polystyrene Recycling

Published 2 September 2019 | Written by Jake Phillips
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Recycle Sustainable solutions

When ENGIE was contracted to replace the cladding at Eyot House in Bermondsey, our commitment to be at the forefront of environmentally conscientious construction methods demanded a creative approach to recycling and repurposing the old expanded polystyrene (EPS) removed from the building. The existing EWI system comprised an insulation layer of expanded polystyrene (EPS) board, for which it was important…


Efficient Alternative to Individual Lighting Towers

Published 2 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Lighting Minimised energy use Minimised fuel use

Sites that are not on a mains electricity supply often use individual lighting towers, each powered by a single generator, to provide lighting to site compounds etc. This can result in relatively high fuel use and associated carbon emissions. Volker Fitzpatrick chose instead to install a number of second hand street lighting columns, fitted with LED lights, linked to the…


Solar Powered Noise Monitor

Published 27 August 2019 | Written by Vanessa Hilton
CategoriesMinimised fuel use Noise Sustainable solutions

Taylor Woodrow were appointed in 2018 to build junction 10a on the M20, this new gyratory and link road system will alleviate heavy traffic from the existing junction 10. In order to adequately manage and monitor noise at local sensitive receptors during the build, three noise monitors have been installed to provide real-time data at three locations. A logistical challenge…


Double Height Precast Columns

Published 27 August 2019 | Written by Ciaran Crosby
CategoriesMinimised fuel use Offsite construction Prefabrication Unloading

Ardmore have introduced the use of double-storey height, precast reinforced concrete columns which had the following benefits. Carbon footprint: With the concrete coming in precast, there is a vastly reduced number of vehicles on site, approximately 50%. Community: Now less vehicles are arriving on site, the impact on the community is greatly diminished. The public’s safety is increased with less…