It is clear from the past few years that extreme weather events are rapidly becoming the norm. Maintaining and improving resilience to both flooding and drought – of our own operations, and of the buildings we construct and maintain – remains a priority.
There are a number of ways in which we can address the challenge of water resilience in what we do. We can reduce the amount of water we use during the construction process. We can influence the market by choosing materials manufactured using less water. We can design our buildings so that they need to use less water when occupied.
Recognising that as our business grows we will inevitably consume more water, we aim to reduce water consumption by 5% year on year over 2012 baseline.
All water usage associated with our operations is measured as an Environmental Key Performance Indicator (m3 / £100k).
Here are some of the ways we are reducing water consumption on our projects:
- we install water meters as soon as we arrive on site,
- we utilise early opportunity to install and connect environmental infrastructure on the site for later applications e.g. dust suppression and wheel wash,
- we maximise water efficiency within site offices by using aerated taps, flow control and waterless urinals,
- we display environmental performance figures in prominent places on site.
- We challenge our site teams to consider what potable water is actually needed in construction processes, seeking alternatives wherever practicable.
Where we are responsible for fitting out buildings, water efficient appliances, fittings and fixtures come as standard. Our target is to design and build homes that consume fewer than 105 litres of water internally per person per day. We engage our clients early in the project design process, to understand their project sustainability aspirations and requirements. Then we propose a range of cost-effective measures which meet both the clients’ and our 10 Point Plan requirements.
We have experience and expertise in planning and constructing all forms of sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDSs). These ensure that the buildings and developments we construct are more resilient to extreme weather. They mitigate risk to the built and natural environment from surface water and flood, by slowing and holding back water.