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CarbonCure Concrete

Published 4 October 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon management Reduce Sustainable procurement Working methods and equipment

The site have decided to use CarbonCure to assist the site in reducing its carbon footprint. CarbonCure enables the production of the same reliable concrete but with a reduced carbon footprint. The technology injects a precise dosage of captured carbon dioxide (CO₂) into concrete, where the CO₂ becomes chemically converted into a mineral. Once injected into the concrete mix, the…


BAMTEC Reinforcement Technology

Published 4 October 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon management Efficient energy use Efficient fuel use Energy saving measures Offsite construction Prefabrication Reduce Sustainable procurement

BAMTEC Reinforcement technology has been implemented on this project for use on superstructure slabs. This is an easy to roll carpet reinforcement with no assembly on site as it is fully prefabricated off site using automated production technology. Using this method had an increase in productivity on site by 50% on steel reinforcement and an approximate 10% savings in tonnage…


Airlite Anti-Viral Paint

Published 4 October 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Working methods and equipment

This project is using Airlite anti-viral paint. This natural technology is anti-bacterial and self-cleaning, developed to improve the air quality inside commercial spaces and claims to have the same air purification power as three acres of forest. Its protective oxidant barrier decomposes harmful organic and inorganic substances and also reduces a building’s solar heat absorption, saving on the cost of…


Introducing SAD Lighting

Published 27 September 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMental health Stress

On this project they have installed SAD lighting in their basement offices. These are specialised lighting which can relieve symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, estimated to effect approximately 20% of the population. Symptoms of SAD are typically experienced during the winter months when the weather is colder and there is a lack of natural light and can include low mood,…


Use of Track Grips on Tracked Excavator

Published 6 September 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Working methods

This project includes work to install counterfort drains to the slopes of the recently formed cutting for the new carriageway. With the cutting at a maximum depth of approximately 14m deep from original ground levels, with the cutting slopes at 1:3, over a total carriageway length of approximately 500m, the drainage installation was a significant package of work. The drainage…


Use of Floating Pump for Site Dewatering Activities

Published 6 September 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDrainage Preventing silt pollution Rivers/watercourses

Over the winter period the project has had to manage water on the site. Due to the nature of the existing ground conditions, predominantly a Mercia Mudstone clay material, the run-off from excavation areas carries a heavy silt load. To manage water on site, the project is utilising the permanent works drainage attenuation ponds, as well as temporary ponds, for…


Toolbox Talks and Plant Inspections delivered via QR codes

Published 6 September 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesSite specific induction Training Workforce information

This project has QR code links to the construction companies toolbox talks which are displayed across the site. Operatives are asked to complete a toolbox talk by a certain date and the site manager is able to verify who has accessed the online toolbox talk and completed the associated questions which ensure engagement. QR codes also link to weekly plant…


Plant Based Cleaning Products

Published 6 September 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCleaning regime Plastics and packaging Reduce

The site is using plant based cleaning products in a form which eliminates the large quantity of waste plastic spray bottles that is usually generated by cleaning the site welfare and the finished building. Their spray bottles are re-used multiple times because refills of the active ingredients arrive in small capsules which simply dissolve in water. To find out more,…


Maximising Diversity and Inclusion Across the Project

Published 6 September 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDiversity E-learning Inclusion

This project were set the target of being a ‘Vehicle for Change’ by maximising diversity and inclusion across the project. One of the ways they were tasked to do this was by introducing the business and their supply chain to businesses owned by individuals with diverse characteristics. Categories of diverse businesses includes female owned, veteran owned, SME’s, disability owned, ethnic…


Upcycling Timber Through Biotechnology

Published 31 August 2021 | Written by Lucy Wainwright
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Reduce Sustainable solutions

This contractor has used Mykor, which is a biotechnology and advanced materials company developing commercially viable and sustainable building materials grown from waste. Timber waste on this project is being used to produce a sustainable alternative to construction materials such as insulation, along with homeware items through 3D Print Technology Timber waste is inoculated with Mycelium which is the vegetative…


SEND Work Experience Programme

Published 31 August 2021 | Written by Lucy Wainwright
CategoriesCharities/organisations Cooperation Corporate Social Responsibility action plan Equality Schools

This contractor has created a 10 week virtual educational activity programme in collaboration with ThinkForward, a special educational needs charity which has been designed with sessions tailored to the individual needs of the students taking part. The contractor suggested that students create ‘passports’ before starting that included learning preferences and individual needs. They then used this as a basis to…


Safeguard Hard Hat Tracking

Published 31 August 2021 | Written by Lucy Wainwright
CategoriesHealth screening Initiatives Worker fatigue

On this project they are using a wearable device that attaches onto a hard hat to recognise the unique movement patterns of users completing tasks. With location and environmental sensors, the Safeguard device can provide workforce-wide insight at a level that has not been possible before. The primary function of the Safeguard device is to help improve safety by mapping…


Keyless Door Management

Published 31 August 2021 | Written by Lucy Wainwright
CategoriesProperty security Site security

This project is the first to use new technology for locking and accessing internal doors on site, which eliminates need for hundreds of keys for different apartments during construction. This eliminates the need for signing in and out of keys on registers as well as being efficient way of managing different trades across apartments. The technology offers real-time access control…


Sustainable Landscaping Solutions

Published 23 August 2021 | Written by Duncan Gardner
CategoriesAwareness Biodiversity Landscaping Planting Plastics and packaging Trees

In keeping with current best practice and to reduce adverse environmental impacts from the use of plastic products, the project is using a biodegradable product instead of plastic tree shelters. 5000 non-plastic shelters are being installed at four locations with diverse micro-climates which allows their environmental specialists to monitor and understand the performance of the shelters in different conditions. The…


Veterans Committee

Published 16 August 2021 | Written by Cara McAinsh
CategoriesDiversity Equality Inclusion Management attitudes

This contractor has a family of veterans working within the business including a group of ex-armed forces and ex-‘blue’ light service personnel who have landed in the construction industry one way or another. In order to support each other to the very best of their abilities, their Veterans Committee was formed. The Chairman and Vice Chairman are both ex-army, and…