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Cardboard Pallets

Published 21 December 2018 | Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesImplementation Sustainable solutions Sustainable source

We have been encouraging our supply chain to make use of corrugated cardboard pallets, and have bought some for site to move materials around with. This is because there are far too many wooden pallets on many construction sites. Although, weather conditions should be taken into consideration when using these cardboard pallets. Paper fibre for corrugated packaging is a renewable…


Reducing Concrete Waste

Published 10 December 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesRe-use Sustainable solutions

At Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm, there is an approximate total of 17,500 cubic metres of concrete being used for the Wind Turbine Foundations, which would lead to some left over concrete from ‘make-up loads’ or rejected loads. Therefore, instead of the left over concrete going to waste each day, we have adopted a method of utilising waste and the left…


CO2 Neutralising Felt Roof

Published 29 November 2018 | Written by Mark Hall
CategoriesAir quality Building maintenance

During the procurement process for the project, we challenged ourselves to procure materials that provided an environmental benefit to the project. Through our supply chain partnerships, we were able to source a product which bettered the original roofing specification and would have a positive impact on the environment. Our client was fully supportive of this and approved our proposed change…


Eco Friendly Site Toilets

Published 23 November 2018 | Written by Colin Draper
CategoriesSustainable solutions Water saving measures

The site has been trialling a new sustainable toilet, which has a sink built in above the cistern at the back of the toilet. The water used from washing hands in the basin fills the cistern to flush the toilet. This toilet is space saving, eco-friendly, encourages hygiene and works out to be cheaper as no extra sinks are required…


Remote Controlled Electric Breaker

Published 12 November 2018 | Written by Patrick Smith
CategoriesEnergy from renewable sources Hybrid/electric plant Reduce Sustainable solutions

At Mace’s GPE Hanover Square Project, J Coffey Construction Ltd used a ‘Brokk 260’ remote controlled electric powered breaker to substitute a more traditional diesel powered breaker, used for breaking out concrete. Sustainability benefits include: Reduced carbon emissions – as electricity at Hanover Square is sourced from a 100% renewable supplier (Ecotricity), electrical breakers have zero carbon emissions. Reduced pollution…


Environmental Wheel

Published 12 November 2018 | Written by Catherine Barrett
CategoriesAwareness Plastics and packaging Workforce

Day-to-day, we all have an influence on the environment we live in. Our ‘Environmental Fact Wheel’ offers interesting facts about the little things we do every day which can have an effect on the environment. We have divided the facts into five main target areas: Resources, Water, Waste, Carbon and People. Examples include: Recycling only one aluminium can saves enough…


Transporting Large Prefabricated Components using a Driverless Vehicle

Published 31 October 2018 | Written by Dominic Ward
CategoriesEfficient energy use Sustainable solutions

The team at Greenwich Peninsula Upper Riverside had a successful shipment of 28 pre-fabricated raised running track elements to Green Peninsula from Venice, Italy. Each element had to be transported from a barge to a local allocated storage area then eventually on to site from the storage area for installation along public highways. Transporting via seas avoided the need for…


UK’s Largest Hybrid Generator

Published 17 October 2018 | Written by Matt Brinklow
CategoriesAir quality Efficient fuel use Hybrid/electric plant

The construction of new passenger tunnels between existing platforms at Kennington Station had to be completed within a 16-week window and works were required 24/7. There was insufficient power supply available from the station and therefore a large external diesel generator was required. The generator had to be located very near to residential properties and there was concern over the…


The Solatainer

Published 24 September 2018 | Written by Jonathan Baron
CategoriesEfficient energy use Efficient fuel use Energy from renewable sources Energy saving measures Sustainable solutions Sustainable source

The Solatainer is a new innovative power source for site compounds. The unit combines solar, generator, battery and for the first time in the UK, wind to provide renewable energy for running the site. During its first month on site, we have observed a 27% reduction in the total cost and over a 87% reduction in carbon dioxide production when…


Successful Building Information Modelling

Published 6 September 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEfficient fuel use Prefabrication

Offsite fabrication of building services has been utilised across the construction industry for many years. As Building Information Modelling (BIM) has grown, buildings have become more complex which has created several benefits, as well as challenges in construction. The AstraZeneca New Cambridge site project has extended the building services module construction approach to include the raised access floor area of…


Used Canteen Cooking Oil Recycled into Biofuel

Published 6 August 2018 | Written by Matt Brinklow
CategoriesEfficient fuel use Recycle

Used cooking oil from the site canteen is collected by a specialist company who then transform it into biodiesel. This is used for powering diesel vehicles and also for heating. Any packaging related to the cooking oil is also recycled. The collection is free of charge and the company delivers fresh cooking oil at the same time as making the…


Embedding Carbon Reduction into the Build

Published 6 October 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Reporting and offsetting Sustainable solutions

Environmental awareness and carbon reduction is increasingly important when tendering for projects. Contractors must demonstrate a commitment to reducing their carbon footprint. See the examples below for how Laing O’Rourke won National Grid’s first contract with carbon weighting: The contractor implemented a number of modifications to the build design to reduce material use and ensure carbon reduction. At the tender…


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…


Compactor/Baler to Manage Waste in a CO2 Efficient Way

Published 24 July 2017 | Written by Kathryn Weatherburn
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Reduce Site Waste Waste bins

There are many different drivers to reducing and eliminating waste on construction projects. A simple way of reducing waste where possible, and significantly reducing the numbers of vehicles coming to and from site from waste removal is a compactor or baler. Cardboard and plastic waste being baled not only saves space on site, but reduces costs in skips and decreases…


Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastic

Published 26 June 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon management Working methods

Tunnelling works such as those involved in the London Underground extension can pose a number of logistical concerns and safety risks. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: Used Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastic (GFRP) in concrete invert reinforcement bases at the step plate junction. GFRP reinforcement is 75% lighter than traditional steel reinforcement. The weight reduction reduced…