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Knowing your Carbon Footprint

Published 26 May 2017 | Written by Elaine Woodburn
CategoriesCarbon reduction Notice board Promoting achievements

When we know what our carbon footprint is then we can act. GRAHAM Construction and Low Level Waste Repository Ltd therefore calculated the carbon footprint of their Engineering, Design and Construction Framework (EDCF). It is important to the framework that once the footprint was calculated that it was displayed in a manner which was easily understandable and relevant to all…

Managing Fit Out Waste

Published 25 November 2016 | Written by Richard Charlesworth
CategoriesEnvironmental champion Ongoing recording and evaluation of performance against plan Reduced use of single use plastics Waste management

As the Lillie Square project was evolving from superstructure and cladding towards utilising fit-out trades, the project held a ‘managing fit-out waste workshop’ with subcontractors. The purpose of the session was to help raise awareness about the importance of waste on the project and to also discuss ways in which waste could be reduced. The workshop covered a number of…

Improving Environmental Hazard Spotting

Published 10 October 2016 | Written by Zebrina Hanly
CategoriesInvolvement Workforce training

The Challenge At our site, reporting of environmental near misses and close calls were poor and it was clear many of the operatives were struggling to identify what environmental hazards might actually be and toolbox talks and posters were not working. Training was needed – but for a 300 strong diverse workforce how could we develop effective training? Many on…

Embodied Carbon Poster

Published 2 August 2016 | Written by Andrew Kinsey
CategoriesCarbon reduction Education Involvement

To help site personnel understand what is meant by embodied carbon, Mace created an embodied carbon poster, relating the impact of making one brick to the impact of making a pint of beer. By translating an impact into a language people can understand it helps communicate what can be a somewhat abstract concept. Since many people working on site like…

Celebrating National Women in Engineering Day

Published 6 July 2016 | Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesDisadvantaged and minority groups support Schools and nurseries Support for careers advice

To celebrate women in engineering and support and encourage more women to consider a career in engineering or construction, we developed a series of activities to celebrate National Women in Engineering Day (NWED). These encouraged staff to take the opportunity to understand a bit more about how the role of women in engineering has changed and continues to change in…

Site Energy Monitoring

Published 30 June 2016 | Written by James Low
CategoriesConserve of energy Conserve of resources Inspection Monitoring and recording of resource usage

Mace’s project are using an engaging and simple to use online energy monitoring system to better manage site energy and water consumption, and contribute to reducing carbon emissions. Sub-meters have been installed across the site to improve awareness of the site equipment and zones, such as tower cranes, lighting zones and office accommodation. The system has already enabled one project…

Landscaping Competition

Published 15 June 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunity engagement Landscaping Schools and nurseries

Attempts to raise appearance standards helps to improve the profile for the site and industry as a whole. Sites should strive to improve first impressions in order to generate a high level of appearance for site visitors, the public and their own workforce. The example below demonstrates how a site developed an innovative approach to maintain an exceptionally clean and well-presented compound…

Echo Barrier Providing Noise Reduction on a Busy High Street

Published 9 June 2016 | Written by Helen Rudd
CategoriesClient feedback Community consultation Noise

When Pat Birrane, Site Manager at Morrison Utility Services, was faced with a project located right in the centre of a busy high street in Solihull, he knew that introducing noise reduction solutions was going to be essential. The project was on behalf of Western Power Distribution (WPD) who were carrying out the installation of 2 x 11,000 volt cables….

Recyclable Plastic Hoarding

Published 6 May 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMaintenance of hoarding and fences Reduced use of single use plastics

Sites should be conscious of the impact their project is having on the environment. In order to limit the negative impact, the waste produced on site should be reduced and recycled. Measures to reduce waste should be identified and implemented on site. Below is an example of how sites have achieved this, using recyclable hoardings: Hoarding was constructed using a recyclable…

Environmental Policy

Published 13 February 2015 | Written by Jack Endean
CategoriesEnvironmental/sustainability policy

Throughout any project, it is essential that a considerate constructor takes a responsible attitude towards environmental issues. This will help to ensure that the project does not have a detrimental effect on the natural environment. All sites should be respectful and protecting of the environment, with the aim to enhance the natural environment for existing and future generations. The Considerate Constructors Scheme has developed an…

Making Bikes More Accessible

Published 22 January 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator

Where possible, sites should be making efforts to reduce fuel usage by supporting and providing carbon reducing forms of transport. They can do this by encouraging the use of bicycles and making this type of transport more easily accessible to the workforce. Cycling has the additional benefit of improving operatives’ health and wellbeing. Examples of how site managers have encouraged cycling include:…