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Construction News Awards finalists: Sustainable Company of the Year

These companies have all placed sustainability high on their agendas and this category recognises the steps they have taken to build a sustainable business.

Hanson Concrete

Hanson has developed Hanson Regen: a by-product of iron-making that can be used instead of cement to make concrete, producing one-tenth of the emissions of Portland cement and preventing thousands of tonnes of waste from going to landfill in the process.

The firm’s EcoPlus range of low-embodied-carbon concretes has also found success, with specifiers able to see how much CO2 they would save with each different product.

Mace

Mace has introduced company-wide sustainability ratings and league tables, summarising performance with a rating from A to G and using notional monetary values to demonstrate how well a project has done.

Consistent measurement has led to increased performance, as well as highlighting areas of inefficiency and waste to be rectified.

Overall sustainability performance increased against KPIs in 2013, with waste diverted from landfill rising to 96 per cent and carbon footprint reduced by 9 per cent.

Martek

As well as completing work on one of the UK’s greenest public buildings, Brent Civic Centre, Martek has continued to invest in lowering its carbon footprint and improving its sustainability record over the past 12 months.

It has installed a biomass generator at its production facility to dispose of waste timber and regularly audits its operations to increase energy-efficiency where possible.

Martek also works closely with clients on fit-out contracts to specify the most sustainable solutions possible.

Skanska

Skanska’s drive to place sustainability at the heart of its brand is shown by the refurbishment of its own offices in Woking, delivering a 45 per cent energy and 55 per cent carbon saving.

This will soon be followed by a ‘Deep Green’ zero-carbon redevelopment of the firm’s plant yard and offices at Bentley, which is expected to save 80 per cent in energy costs.

In all, 46 per cent of Skanska’s construction projects last year exceeded Building Regulations by 25 per cent.

Speedy Services

Speedy Services has launched a range of programmes and initiatives aimed at engaging its supply chain, customers and staff with sustainability issues.

These include training and awareness programmes; independently assessed ‘Green Option’ products; the ePod, an unmanned cabin which can be installed on a site to reduce deliveries dramatically; and fuel management services to ensure fuel is delivered as efficiently as possible.

Carbon emissions have dropped to a record low for the firm (6.95 tonnes per capita), while vehicle telematics have resulted in safer driving, reduced fuel usage and a cost saving of £1.18m.

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