We’re proud to have gained a gold award in the British Constructional Steelwork Association’s (BCSA) Steel Construction Sustainability Charter.
The charter is about advancing steel as a sustainable form of construction, regarding social progress, environmental responsibility and carbon reduction.
Gaining the new gold accreditation involved a great deal of work, including the creation of new policies, record-keeping of carbon data and consideration of our overall environmental performance.
We also looked at future milestones to work towards for electricity, water, waste and travel.
Being aware of, and finding ways of reducing, our carbon footprint is not only good for the environment but will also become an important part of some client requirements when bidding for jobs.
Plans for our new cutting-edge manufacturing facility, staff welfare centre and offices at our headquarters in Christchurch, Dorset, also have sustainability built into them to help hit our net zero targets.
The manufacturing facility will feature rooftop solar PV panels which will be able to generate enough electricity at peak times to power the entire factory.
Other key features include switching to electric-powered forklifts, investment in energy-efficient technology and machinery, high-specification buildings allowing an end to gas and oil as a source for heat, reduction of HGV traffic and an enhanced travel plan.
We will also be able to fabricate more steelwork rather than subcontract at peak times, reducing road miles and saving energy.
We have also signed the UN’s Race to Zero pledge.