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Carbon Footprint Offset

Published 4 November 2019 | Written by andrea lilly
CategoriesAir quality Carbon footprint reporting Carbon offsetting Energy efficient accommodation Energy saving measures Minimised energy use Minimised fuel use

P&W have estimated the carbon footprint for the Burnholme Care Home using data from a previous but very similar project to construct a 59 bed care home. Our target was a reduction of the estimated 184 tonnes of CO2 used at our Hedon project. How Welfare units include the following features – push taps, PIR lighting, timed heaters Turn off…


Offset Earth

Published 21 October 2019 | Written by Amy Barlow
CategoriesCarbon offsetting Planting Trees

Following on from the Spotlight on… plastics and packaging campaign and given the current climate emergency, along with the media coverage of the climate strikes and Greta Thunberg’s iconic speech at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York last week, BCR decided to look into carbon offsetting through tree planting schemes and we came across Offset Earth. Offset Earth…


Carbon Neutral REGO Green Energy Tariff

Published 15 October 2019 | Written by Magdalena Andres
CategoriesCarbon offsetting Green purchasing Reduce Sustainable solutions

Since 2017 and throughout 2019, all CVB sites and offices have switched to a carbon neutral “Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin” (REGO) backed energy supply. REGO certificates certify that the energy supplied has been produced from 100% renewable sources (wind, solar, geothermal, tidal, etc. and does not include nuclear). Procuring electricity though a REGO certified tariff enables CVB to report…


Use of Local Resources Policy

Published 15 October 2019 | Written by Amy Barlow
CategoriesBusinesses Create opportunities Suppliers

We have produced a ‘Use of Local Resources’ policy to outline our stance on investing within the local community that we are working in. The policy has been included within our policy handbooks and is displayed on all of our sites. Contributing to the local community will create goodwill and using local suppliers can leave a lasting positive impression. Residents…


Alternative power source for site compound

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Energy efficient accommodation Energy saving measures Post-completion impact

For the duration of the project, the site has established a site compound, welfare area and site offices on Endeavour Wharf within the tourist centre of Whitby. The compound’s power supply is a mains connection of approximate 56kVA capacity which provides a stable, reliable supply of energy and has the added benefit of reducing noise and carbon emissions compared to…


Sustainable Alternative to Traditional Spill Granules and Spill Catcher

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesReduce Sustainable solutions Sustainable source

The site has decided to switch from the traditional spill granules and spill catcher to SaveSorb which is a natural product made from Veriflora, a certified sustainable Canadian sphagnum peat moss. For more information regarding this innovation, please see the attachment below.


Machine Learning Platform

Published 16 September 2019 | Written by Olivia Hack
CategoriesCarbon footprint reporting Monitoring Programming

Accurately capturing and recording data on construction sites can be a challenge. Human error, a lack of understanding or misjudgement means certain components are able to slip the net. Combining this with ensuring 100% of materials on site are certified and fully meet project requirements makes this a high-risk variable for any project. A Machine Learning Platform, (QFlow) has been…


‘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…