You probably want to. We definitely do.
We've achieved SKA for a number of clients.
And we can help you go as far as you want.
We have ISO 14001 accreditation.
Our own in house BREEAM expertise.
Our own Site Waste Management Plans (SWMP).
We subscribe to a number of optional schemes.
We hold the Considerate Contractors Scheme (CCS) certificate.
And our own in-house Environmental Consultant to advise you on environmental choices for things like timber, fabrics and furniture.
Certified by an independent 3rd party to protect impartiality, ISO 14001 is currently in use in 140 countries by a variety of businesses to design and implement an effective Environmental Management System (EMS).
The set of ISO 14001 standards provides a framework for businesses to build an environmental policy, plan measurable objectives and targets whilst clearly specifying the requirements for implementing, checking and reviewing those objectives and targets.
Like most companies we are very conscious of reducing our environmental impact but we are also aware that any actions should not negatively impact the bottom line. We believe that our experience of going through the rigorous ISO 14001 certification coupled with the fact that we are a cost and ‘bottom line’ driven business will help to inform our clients of their environmental choices.
To enable us to do this, we have adopted the BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) Standard which measures the sustainability of new non-domestic buildings in the UK and is recognised as the standard for best practice in sustainable building design and the best way of measuring a building’s environmental performance.
This standard is used by designers, developers and contractors to prove the environmental credentials to clients and planners. Our in-house BREEAM Assessor works with our clients throughout the design process and can, if required arrange independent assessment for certification.
As a business we are proud to have developed an inbred culture in which a ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ mentality has been adopted by all employees and staff, from contractors to board members. With everyone involved, we recycle as many waste materials as possible in both conventional and innovative ways.
We work with experts Dove Recycling for all our waste paper, plastic, IT equipment and fluorescent tubes etc., which is collected from our offices and sites on a regular basis and recycled on our behalf. Alongside this, all our sites, no matter what the contract value, are run in line with Site Waste Management Plans (SWMP), a legal requirement only for projects over £300,000 and all our on-site canteen equipment and office furniture is transferred and reused on other sites.
One of our more innovative initiatives has resulted in us donating used samples and finishes to local primary schools and nurseries for use in art projects, helping to encourage and develop, we hope, the architects and designers of tomorrow.
SKA comprises more than a hundred ‘good practice’ measures covering energy and CO2 emissions, waste, water, materials, pollution, wellbeing and transport.
At all times our responsibility is to help our client design their own environmental aims within their projects, to implement the work so as to maximize material re-use, recycling and sustainable sourcing and to conserve energy and resources at every opportunity.
As an environmentally responsible contractor we encourage clients to explore their environmental options and assess our design and build under the SKA rating system.