Embracing Sustainability

Over the past 18 months we have seen an increased focus on sustainability in the education sector as organisations are starting the realise the importance and benefits of looking at the overall lifespan of a building. 

In some cases, we have seen Capital Commercial departments combining budgets for design, build and maintenance for the first time as they place an emphasis on long term value. Sustainable design is key to this as organisations increasingly want assurances that buildings will be fit for purpose in 60 years’ time.

For both design and build projects and refurbishments there are increasing environmental drivers and our tenders now regularly include requirements for renewable energy solutions and the sustainable sourcing of materials. Drainage is now a key consideration particularly in cities where the infrastructure is often at capacity and the ability to monitor energy and water consumption is now a standard requirement.

Around 70% of the work we do involves modular construction which meets a number of sustainability targets. Its tightly controlled design and manufacturing process means physical waste can be reduced by up to 90 per cent, and energy usage by up to 67 per cent compared to a traditional build, according to research from WRAP. In general, prefabrication techniques offer a low energy approach and fast track construction processes provide low energy consumption, both equating to minimised carbon emissions. Further environmental benefits can be realised on site through energy efficient construction, noise limitation and dramatically reduced vehicle movements. Pre-assembly techniques minimise transportation whilst modular foundations reduce excavation works alongside the use of less construction related contaminants or wasteful materials.

For some of our projects, modules are designed to be dismantled, relocated or recycled at any point. This approach is integral to the design process and enables buildings to have a light touch on the environment both during the construction phase and throughout their entire life cycle. Finally, modular construction provides sustainable and secure work for local employees in the construction industry, which is inherently transient, helping to support the local community.

In conclusion, the education sector is embracing sustainability and our solutions are well placed to support and help drive this moving forward.


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