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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. This is a natural product made from Veriflora, a certified sustainable Canadian sphagnum peat moss. To find out more, click the link below.


Solar Pod Generator

Published 23 September 2019 | Written by Charlotte Ross
CategoriesCarbon footprint reporting Energy efficient accommodation Energy saving measures Minimised energy use Minimised fuel use Noise Sustainable solutions

At Berkeley West Thames in Southall, we are committed to lowering emissions from our activities on site. As such, we encourage all our trade partners to strive towards our carbon objectives and targets. To this effect, FM Conway have brought to site a solar generator, the Autosmart Solar Pod, to power their welfare cabins. The Solar Pod charges batteries all…


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
CategoriesCarbon offsetting Energy 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 roof 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 pothole repair machinery which eliminates the need to take material to the tip through reusing 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.


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…


Air Quality Top Tips and Pledges

Published 2 September 2019 | Written by Kirsty Cuthbertson
CategoriesAir quality Awareness Campaigns Intranet

Thursday 20th June was Clean Air Day 2019, the UK’s largest campaign against air pollution. Before this on Wednesday 5th June it was World Environment Day, the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment, with this year’s theme focusing on air pollution. Between the two events, the Multiplex Sustainability Team posted 13 Top Tips…


Travel Survey

Published 2 September 2019 | Written by Kirsty Cuthbertson
CategoriesAir quality Awareness Campaigns Feedback/questionnaires Travel plans

Thursday 20th June was Clean Air Day 2019, the UK’s largest campaign against air pollution. Before this on Wednesday 5th June it was World Environment Day, the United Nations’ day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment, with this year’s theme focusing on air pollution. Between the two events, a travel survey was sent out to all…


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…


Hybrid Energy Concrete Crusher

Published 2 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHybrid/electric plant Minimised energy use Noise Sustainable solutions

Concrete is crushed on site using a hybrid crusher, which results in lower carbon emissions and reduced fuel consumption. Noise levels are also lower when running on electric power, an advantage when working in towns, cities and residential areas.


Solar Powered Noise Monitor

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

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 was presented by the remote location required for these monitors to be placed and consequently, lack of power source. However, this was overcome through early engagement with a local…


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…


Telematics

Published 5 August 2019 | Written by Jane Lees
CategoriesAir quality Awareness Idling vehicles Monitoring Personal development Plant and machinery Training Training

The UK Government is required to achieve an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, however the National Atmospheric Emission Inventory recently highlighted that emissions produced from diesel run vehicles increased by 20% in 2016 compared to 1990 levels. The health impacts associated with diesel engines are now well known and London has introduced low emissions zones and Non-Road…


Carbon Emission Conversion

Published 22 July 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Carbon footprint reporting Environmental policy promoted Report to company level

From October 2013, under the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic and Directors’ Reports) Regulations 2013, quoted companies are required to report their greenhouse gas emissions on an annual basis. A quoted company is a company whose shares are traded on a stock exchange, such as the London Stock Exchange. Other non-quoted companies can also voluntarily report their annual greenhouse gas emissions….


Wi Post

Published 24 June 2019 | Written by Lewis Haines
CategoriesInitiatives Reduce Safety practices Working methods

What it it? The Wi System is a versatile method of replacing traditional windposts and lintels in masonry construction. Using simple reinforcement within uniquely designed hollow blocks, Wi Posts maximise masonry wall strength without thickening the wall or adversely impacting on its appearance. It also drastically reduces the larger components that can be linked to causing injuries on site (lintels)….