How addressing your construction carbons will reduce your costs immediately

Using ConstructCO2 identifies immediate savings of £46,000

FHM have introduced the construction carbon tool,  ConstructCo2 across a number of our key partnerships in the North East.  As more and more of our clients were beginning to ask us about our carbon footprint we realised that, coupled with a lean efficiency drive, we could use the programme to our advantage.

The initial set up was not as onerous as we first thought as our IT infrastructure was already in place so it meant just data gathering and input.

The plotting tool helped us visually recognise the geographic misalignment of our work force – for example, employees from Teesside and Darlington travelling to Newcastle and beyond and vice versa.  Just by identifying and re-aligning our workforce to their geographical area we have identified an immediate £46,000 saving and are now in the process of rectifying this.

In the current climate of efficiency savings, spending reviews and climate control, ConstructCo2 is not the answer to all problems but it certainly helps in all three areas, making everyone so much more aware of actually how much carbon we use per construction scheme and therefore able to identify and implement savings in carbon and cash.

by Mark Connor, Operations Manager, Frank Haslam Milan

Green Homes 2010 report finds 2016 zero carbon homes targets unrealistic

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‘Green Homes 2010’, a research report recently released by Knight Frank is an in-depth response from housebuilders to the proposed 2016 zero carbon directive. 

One of the key findings is that the building industry is willing to engage with the government’s requirements, but lacks a final definition of zero carbon to help it fully prepare.

I am not so sure about that though. I have definitely seen a head in the sands approach from builders across all sectors in preparation for a low carbon construction industry, with real belief that the targets will not be imposed in the near future.