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Re-Using Materials to Create Recyclable Desks

Published 12 May 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon offsetting Green purchasing Local materials Re-use Recycle

Everyone in the construction industry needs to take appropriate measures to minimise their impact on the environment. This includes recycling where possible and making efforts to reduce waste. See the examples below for how one supplier addressed this: The company supplies and installs furniture and equipment to construction site cabins. They worked with a local corrugated packaging manufacturer to reuse the…


Newton Waterproof Membrane Recycling Service

Published 12 May 2017 | Written by Daniel Billington
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Recycle

By returning HDPE membrane off-cuts from site to Newton headquarters in Tonbridge via backloads, the material is then initially processed in-house. Working closely with the UK’s largest non-profit recycling organisation RECOUP in order to set up the necessary relationships with both a plastics reprocessor and an end-manufacturer who will use the recycled material. Newton is the first waterproofing materials supplier…


Planting a Tree for Every New Employee

Published 7 May 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon offsetting Goodwill work Trees

Construction sites are increasingly aware of their impact on the environment and the carbon footprint of their activities. With this in mind, efforts have been made to offset carbon emissions, for example through tree planting initiatives. See the examples below for how one site implemented this initiative: The company pledged to donate one tree for every new employee. The employee…


Carbon Sequestration Initiative

Published 27 April 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon offsetting Planting

Climate change is an issue which affects us all, and construction sites must be mindful of their contribution to this process. Specifically, sites should monitor their carbon emissions and make efforts to reduce and offset these emissions where possible. See the examples below for how one site addressed this issue: Implemented a carbon sequestration initiative, which refers to carbon capture…


Printing Services Carbon Offsetting

Published 4 April 2017 | Written by Gavin Thomas
CategoriesCarbon footprint reporting Carbon offsetting

The construction industry, like any other modern business, uses masses of paper and printing services to carry out its daily information collection and transfer tasks. This ultimately causes a big effect to the environment via waste paper, cutting of trees, waste toner and colour cartridges etc. At our site in the early stages we looked into these effects and found…


Spotlight on… campaign posters

Published 17 March 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAlcohol testing Campaigns Diversity Drugs and alcohol policy Drugs testing Guidance Illegal workers Mental health Modern slavery Occupational health risks Posters Scheme posters/banners Signage Signage Stress Workforce

Spotlight on… posters have been designed for general display in and around site welfare facilities. The Scheme has developed a collection of A3 posters from the series of ‘Spotlight on…’ awareness campaigns. This resource has proven valuable for display on site and raising awareness amongst the workforce and visitors. To purchase these products, click here. To download a free electronic…


Environmental Best Practice in Design

Published 3 March 2017 | Written by Mark Dixon
CategoriesActual vs target Carbon footprint reporting Minimised energy use Mud Reduce

Westleigh always strive to find best practice through design, not only does this increase our quality and standard of build but these methods are the key building block in our commitment to protecting the environment. At our recently completed Nuneaton site, we piloted the use of the Insulslab foundation method, which provided a more cost effective method than the more…


Renewable Energy Temporary Electricity Supplies

Published 16 January 2017 | Written by Patrick Smith
CategoriesActual vs target Carbon offsetting Energy saving measures Minimised energy use

St James Group’s Fitzroy Gate development in Isleworth has procured 100% green electricity tariffs on their temporary electricity supplies. These supply the site from renewable energy sources which are certified by our energy supplier and are from hydroelectric and wind energy sources as shown here. We are implementing a carbon offsetting strategy on site by being lean, green and accountable….


Site Office ‘Kill’ Switch

Published 16 January 2017 | Written by Patrick Smith
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Minimised energy use

St James’ Smithfield Square site installed a ‘kill’ switch that controlled the electricity supply to 7 of 8 upper level cabins in their site office (leaving one cabin on to ensure essential circuits were kept energised e.g. emergency lights, fridges, network servers etc.). This meant that at the end of each working day, the last person in the office could…


Carbon Footprint Reporting Model

Published 9 December 2016 | Written by Joe Walsh
CategoriesActual vs target Carbon footprint reporting

Costain Skanska Joint Venture (CSJV) have an extremely detailed carbon model which is updated monthly to reflect fuel usage, electricity consumption and vehicle movement to and from site. However, where CSJV have gone over and above other site is our reporting of scope 3, i.e. embodied carbon and indirect transport. CSJV have expanded the carbon reporting model to include an…


Green Energy Tariffs Benefits

Published 16 November 2016 | Written by Simon Taylor
CategoriesActual vs target Energy saving measures Investigation Reduce

One of the Environment Key Indicators on the CRL project is a reduction of 8% in energy usage. One of the ways CSJV looked into achieving this was through the procurement of a green tariff on the Eleanor Street construction site. The procurement team investigated a number of suppliers from British Gas and Opus Energy which are the ‘brown’ prices…


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…


Being a Carbon Neutral Construction Company

Published 28 October 2016 | Written by Sharon Davies
CategoriesActual vs target Carbon offsetting Certifications Goodwill work

Construction, housing and property group Willmott Dixon uses a lot of fuel in the course of its business. Newer plant, hybrid generators, low emission company cars and energy efficient cabins are some of the ways in which Willmott Dixon is working towards its target of halving emissions intensity by 2020 (compared with 2010). Since 2012, the company has offset its…


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…


Construction site powered by PV panels

Published 8 August 2016 | Written by Raffaella Puricelli
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Improvement Minimised energy use Sustainable solutions Universities

The new build University Technical College (UTC) in Warrington will comprise a series of engineering and specialists workshops, a lecture theatre, science laboratories and general teaching spaces for up to 620 students and staff. The construction project is being powered via photovoltaic (PV) panels installed on the roof of the adjacent building – The Base – previously constructed by the…