Stothers (M&E) has successfully operated a third party accredited environmental ISO 14001 policy since 2001, in this time we have implemented a number of objectives across all of our construction sites and office facilities.
We are currently managing and recycling our major sources of waste, including paper, cartridges, cardboard, swarf, steel, metals, lamps, batteries, electronic equipment, packaging, fuels, plastic and glass.
We have arrangements with local waste collectors and recycling firms to provide a recycling service. Materials collected from our sites are then segregated, with a full breakdown of all materials removed is provided and recycled materials identified.
In order to reduce waste on site we have implemented just in time deliveries to reduce packaging for large plant items and the reuse of ‘off cut’ and ‘waste’ materials where possible. Our approach to sustainability is built upon the firm foundation of our formal environmental management system and recognises the positive contribution that our company’s business can make to minimise our impact on the environment. Initiatives include;
- Where possible, incorporating sustainable materials, technologies and practices into the mechanical & electrical services installations we deliver for our clients.
- Effective management of waste, including the provision of collection points for electrical cable cuttings, cardboard and packaging waste and PVC/plastic waste to reduce the amount of landfill waste produced during construction.
- The use of public transport where possible and vehicle sharing initiatives to reduce traffic to and from site.
- Use of Video Conferencing Facilities within both our Belfast and Glasgow offices, in order to reduce the need for travel between the two locations.
Generally over a wide variety of projects we have successfully incorporated sustainable practices which include:
- Carbon Emission levels of equipment and plant items being considered during the design development process in order to minimise carbon emissions over the life cycle of the buildings delivered.
- Installation of renewables, including biomass, photovoltaic and solar technologies.
- CHP generators with G59 synchronised controls.
- Automatically operated natural ventilation systems for both night purge and daytime ventilation.
- Intelligent controls for internal lighting schemes.