Building and maintaining green properties

Protecting our environment and reducing our carbon footprint

 

Rising to the challenge of becoming net zero by 2050

We are committed to minimising the impact of our operations on the environment, reducing our carbon footprint, procuring sustainably, and reducing waste.

To reach our goals, we have a clear Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategy to guide us. We will explore new technologies, collaborate with the wider industry, drive efficiencies, and empower our staff to bring their ideas to the table.

 

Reducing our carbon footprint

Reducing our carbon footprint

We aim to reduce our carbon footprint by 10%.

We have improved our working practices and vehicle fleet, with a view to becoming carbon neutral.

Our first electric vehicles arrived in 2022; 25% of our fleet will be electric by the end of 2023. 

40% of our vehicles now have AD Blue solution added to the exhaust emissions, which reduces harmful nitrous oxide by breaking it down into other gases that occur naturally in the atmosphere. By the end of 2022, we will have upgraded a further 128 (80%) of our vehicles to be compatible with AD Blue, with the latest Euro 6 engines to reduce carbon emissions as well. 

Our new hybrid working approach reduced our staff mileage by 90,882 miles between March 2021-22, creating a £31,000 saving for the business and producing 60302 kg less Co2. We have a system for tracking the environmental impact of our fleet which will help us make more improvements going forward.

Reducing Waste

Reducing Waste

We aim to recycle 95% of waste.

In 2022, we streamlined our waste management process, with operatives now having access to an app which directs them to their nearest disposal sites, reducing mileage, journey times, and environmental impacts. Through an online platform we can now monitor our waste production, including spend, tonnage reports, landfill diversion rates and segregation statistics.

For every construction project we undertake, we carefully monitor our waste and set targets to ensure as much as possible is recycled. 

In 2022, we handed over 17 affordable homes in Goose Green, Wigan. During their construction, less than 1% of waste was sent to landfill.  89.2% was recycled, and 10% was converted into energy.

Making properties that are fit for the future

Making properties that are fit for the future

The cost of living continues to rise, but we are currently undertaking our largest home improvement project to date. Since 2018, we have improved 420 homes in Fleetwood, replacing doors and windows, completing roof works and installing external wall installation (EWI), making homes more energy efficient, and reducing bills for residents.

A further 117 homes will be upgraded this year.

All our new developments have electric charging points as standard. We have recently been approved as an Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles (OZEV) residential and commercial grant scheme installer of electric vehicle charging points (read more here).

Empowering our people to drive change

Empowering our people to drive change

All our site staff are provided with environmental awareness training in compliance with IS0 14001. This training is refreshed regularly.

Through our environmental working group, people across the business with experience in environmental management or a passion for sustainability can share ideas and start company initiatives. Previously, this group has established our workwear recycling scheme which recycles workwear that is no longer fit for purpose.