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Performance and Design
We design dwellings from an energy performance perspective. From conception, the technical aspects of design, heat loss, thermal performance, dwelling orientation, air-tightness and renewable technologies are repeatedly fed into our energy performance calculations in house until the optimised results are obtained. The architectural and practical design elements are considered in tandem to ensure these advanced homes are both easy to manage and a pleasure to live in.
Specific design and rigorous on-site construction strategies have been created to ensure build-ability and performance criteria are achieved. Materials are selected on the performance criteria for environmental management and green guide ratings, whilst achieving practicality in use and cost.
This, alongside our stringent KPI monitoring updated for 2014, has enabled us to deliver zero-carbon and ‘carbon-negativity’ in the built form. We have surpassed the Governments 2016 legislation and we are committed now to our long term carbon reduction plan until 2018.
Planning for a sustainable future of the business is based on the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) of sustainability and finding the perfect balance between economic, social and environmental aspects will help to achieve this.
In-House Expertise and Carbon Footprint
Galliford Try Partnerships assists its clients using this extensive in-house expertise, which offers the client a diverse range of resources to draw on which are inextricably linked to the success of the development. We join the client and design team as early as possible to enable the vital early decisions to be made in an integrated way. Using a collaborative approach our experts can create and discuss models that can reflect different energy saving scenarios as the design develops in real time. Post occupancy monitoring assessing the impacts of smart metering and resident education are services we offer to help clients and their customers to take full benefit from their new home.
Galliford Try has over 400 offices and sites across the UK that undertake regular energy assessments. The reviewed data is monitored and actions implemented to maintain low levels of consumption. We have published a Carbon Reduction Plan and put targets in place which go beyond the government’s 15% target. We achieved, ahead of schedule, our reduction in our carbon footprint target as a result of our activities by the end of 2013 by 15%. This has resulted in our updated target of 10% reduction per annum until 2018.
This year, there have been numerous workshops around the business to ensure sustainability is recognised across the business, and how sites can be more carbon and cost efficient. Along with this, we hold monthly UKCG power planning meetings with our 3 main competitors to join together to promote and better regulate power usage on site. This aims at enhancing the supply chain and better regulate energy usage and carbon emissions for site activity.
Reduction in waste and improved recycling strategies are part of our environmental impact standards. Assessing and reducing waste from demolition, design and monitoring via construction metrics or KPI’s is essential. From the outset, our design teams commit to reduce, reuse and recycle as much material waste as possible. Onsite pre-sort and offsite recycling has enabled us to achieve an astonishing 98% diversion from landfill. This exceeds our target KPI and contributes towards our Group commitment to halve our waste to landfill.
Environmental and Social Enhancement
We consider the protection and enhancement of biodiversity and the natural habitants on all our schemes. We will often restore natural habitats to support protected and endangered species and create spaces where nature can thrive. With nature considered and built into the design process along with ecological surveys, we prepare and deliver a focused environmental best practice plan. In-house biodiversity champions, bug hotels and rainwater harvesting are just three examples of our approach, and we now monitor biodiversity as one of our new KPI’s.
In an effort to reduce the impact of our staff travelling to work, we have a Green Fleet policy that opts for progressively lower carbon emission vehicles. We actively promote ‘No Parking’ theme, encouraging the use of public transport, car share, and we have a Green Cycling Plan, which provides a financial contribution to the purchase of bicycles to our staff.
Every member of staff has an individual training plan to ensure that they can make the most of their careers at Galliford Try. Twice yearly reviews are provided to enable a 360 degree approach to staff support and engagement. An annual staff survey is carried out and the results published to all. We actively encourage charity and voluntary activity participation, giving staff time to volunteer in the local community during working hours.
We are associate members of the CCS and UKCG groups, and actively seek to have a positive impact within the communities we work. Over the last few years we have achieved progressively high scores on CCS and continue to further our progress. We seek to do this by procuring local labour and materials wherever possible, and enhancing the local economy. We promote apprenticeships, work experience and liaise with local schools and colleges, providing site visits, safety briefings and curriculum assistance, as well as being environmentally aware on site.
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