A former cattle market gets a sustainable overhaul with Selectaglaze secondary glazing

William Julian Courtauld paid the princely sum of £50,000 to give Braintree its own Town Hall. The first stone was laid in 1926 and it has been in constant use since its construction.

Braintree Town Hall, Grade II Listed, was faced with the task of making its building more energy efficient. Selectaglaze was approached to address issues with the windows, which allowed cold air in and heat to escape.

A meeting was arranged with Braintree Town Hall and the local Conservation Officer, where an aluminium sample from Selectaglaze was set up next to one of the windows. Those in attendance were surprised at how well the timber grain effect blended in with the wood panelling of the room.

After a successful demonstration, Selectaglaze installed 20 vertical sliding units. All products were finished with a timber grain effect that matched perfectly with the interior.

The installation of secondary glazing radically reduces heat loss and all units are bespoke to achieve airtightness which virtually eradicates draughts. An additional benefit of installing secondary glazing was the reduction of outside noise.

“The Council researched a modern secondary glazing system that would complement the oak panelled interior of the Town Hall. A colour matched oak print with raised wood grain has been applied to the visible parts of the aluminium frame achieving an exact match to the existing oak surround.

“The estimated savings from installing secondary glazing in the Town Hall is at least 12% of the combined heating bill, over £400pa at current prices, which are predicted to increase annually.” Said Councillor Robert Mitchell, Deputy Cabinet Member for Environment and Place.

Royal Warrant Holder since 2004; Selectaglaze has 50 years’ experience designing, manufacturing and installing secondary glazing for all building types from new buildings to Listed town halls. Selectaglaze offers a free technical advisory service along with RIBA approved CPDs.

Contact Selectaglaze on 01727 837271 Email: enquiries@selectaglaze.co.uk or visit: www.selectaglaze.co.uk


How to spot the greenwashers from the genuine article

Sustainability and green cleaning are too often used as buzzwords in this industry, so how can facilities managers be sure that their cleaning contractor isn’t just paying lip service to their environmental concerns? Chris Parkes, operations director at Julius Rutherfoord & Co considers what sustainability means when it comes to contract cleaning & soft FM.

Unfortunately, there are cleaning and soft FM outsourcing companies out there that simply use sustainability as a slogan as part of their branding. They don’t take initiatives seriously enough to make any impact beyond their own marketing materials. This can not only hamper their clients in reaching sustainability goals, but could also damage the reputations of everyone involved.

It is crucial that companies which say they are working sustainably can prove that they are doing this in a clear and accurate way. Otherwise it undermines the sustainable agenda that truly green-thinking companies are working so hard to implement. So, what should facilities managers look out for when it comes to checking the green credentials of outsourced service providers?

Verification is key

Firstly, there are a wealth of standards and accreditations to check – and independent verification is key. The best cleaning contractors will have earned internationally-recognised environmental accreditations, such as ISO 14001, Carbon Smart certification, or be a registered upper tier waste carrier, among other credentials. Recent national or local award wins recognising sustainable business achievements are also desirable in a contractor – they signify an on-going and continuous-improvement based approach to sustainability.
An intelligent and flexible approach to transparency is also required, and the best outsourced contractors will act as a reliable partner for their clients, providing reporting on sustainability that helps them reach and document their own sustainability goals too. Accreditations like ISO 14001 mean that the company in question must produce assessments and ratings of its environmental impact, for instance. Other schemes to look out for include carbon reduction programmes – ask your contractor if they monitor their fleet emissions, for instance. And if not, why not? It is easy to achieve and can quickly identify inefficiencies, as well as help pinpoint any irresponsible driver behaviour.

Reputable contractors will not only hold regular management meetings on their environmental impacts, but will also make their environmental reporting available to their clients, providing immediate access to the data in the most transparent way. Clear long-term sustainability targets are also a measure of how seriously a contractor is taking these projects, with regular updates on progress towards meeting these targets also made available to clients.

And the best outsourcers will also seek to shape their own supply chain into a more sustainable mould. Companies should audit their sub-contractors using sustainability as a measure of their performance, and provide a feedback loop through regular reviews and audits.

What does green look like

First and foremost, the use of modern and efficient cleaning equipment is far more environmentally friendly than sluggish, outdated models. Ask your commercial cleaner if they are using Eco models, for instance. Facilities managers might also want to delve deeper – is the cleaning company opting for self-dosing, reusable bottles? These not only reduce wastage, but result in far more efficient ordering of consumables to minimize waste.

When it comes to contract cleaning, most facilities managers are aware that some chemical ingredients in cleaning agents can cause skin allergies and asthma, and that others are corrosive and could cause burns, if they come into contact with skin. At the same time, cleaning chemicals can damage the surfaces they are meant to clean, not to mention the wider environment, if used inappropriately (in too high concentration, or if spilled or wasted and washed into the water system).

However, the misnomer persists in some quarters that harsh cleaning chemicals are required to get the best results. Innovations in the cleaning sector mean that the negative environmental and health impacts of cleaning products and equipment are being reduced all the time. A new family of cleaning chemicals that use biotechnology are increasingly entering the mainstream, for instance, and they are often more effective than their traditional counterparts, as well as being safer to handle and dispose of.

Alternative chemicals

Cleaning chemicals based on biotechnology use enzymes and other biological molecules to break down substances to provide the cleaning action. These processes tend to require lower temperatures and pressures than more aggressive acid or alkali-based chemical cleaners. In addition, because enzyme-based cleaners are developed using the fungi or bacteria that are most effective at tackling a specific material, such as fat or oil, the clean is more thorough as the substrate is broken down, rather than being washed away.

The resulting clean surface is also more hygienic as there is no organic material for future growth of unwanted bacteria. And because they are non-toxic, biological cleaning products can be used in a wider range of applications than chemical-based products, such as food preparation areas and work surfaces.

As well as alternatives to traditional cleaning chemicals, the best commercial cleaners will have a repertoire of green tools in their tool kit, including pure water systems that use ionised water for highly effective window cleaning results, microfibre cloths and diamond encrusted cleaning pads. The latter pads, for instance, use millions of microscopic diamonds to clean and polish the floor mechanically without the use of any chemicals. The result is a sparkling clean, non-slippery floor which requires no polish – perfect for high traffic hard floors, or historic floors that could be damaged by chemical treatment.

Limiting or even eliminating cleaning chemicals not only benefits the environment while producing a high standard of cleaning, but also brings health and safety advantages to both cleaning operatives and users of a facility.

Sustainability isn’t limited to indoor cleaning and maintenance though – grounds maintenance teams can also contain their impact on the environment as far as possible by using natural solutions, for example. These include organic pest control options, such as companion planting to discourage harmful pests, and encouraging wildlife that will control garden pests naturally and boost the ecosystem.

Sustainability as a business model

A true sustainable outsourcing partner would not only offer green products and services to its clients, but will have made sustainability part of its business model. Simple measures like energy-saving office design – from LED lights, low-flow toilets and segregated recycling bins to a roof covered with solar panels – should give a hint as to the true nature of a company’s sustainability commitment.

Training and education are also very important, not just at the start of a cleaning operative’s career but as an ongoing process. The best contractors will take training very seriously, with training facilities on-site offering courses to staff that ideally are accredited by independent reputable organisations like the British Institute of Cleaning Science. The idea is to promote simpler and more sustainable cleaning processes, and to stay up-to-date with new environmentally-friendly procedures and best practice in health and safety.

Outsourcing contractors should also work with their clients to implement environmental initiatives, including recycling/waste management solutions and introducing the latest innovative chemical-free cleaning methods in their facility. This type of partnership approach can help both parties reach sustainability goals, and boosts the reputational status of the facility being serviced as a true champion of best practice. Outsourcing companies that take the initiative in this authentic, open and measurable way will become the partner of choice for discerning facilities management clients.

About Julius Rutherfoord & Co
Established in 1994, Julius Rutherfoord & Co has grown organically into a significant, high quality cleaning services organisation. From its home in Battersea it focuses on the London market. Premium services are delivered, based upon an in-house training academy, mandatory staff security vetting, investment in innovation and high levels of site supervision. The team provides a full range of cleaning services to some of the most iconic offices and buildings in London. With over 2,200 fully trained staff located in London, the organisation is fully equipped to service the most demanding clients whilst still delivering the personal touch.

For more information on Julius Rutherfoord & Co’s services call 020 7819 6700, email sales@julius-r.co.uk or visit www.julius-r.co.uk


Willerby gets busy to save the UK’s bumblebees


Offsite modular solutions manufacturer, Willerby Innovations, is ready to create a buzz with its new WillerBee Campaign, designed to champion the humble bumblebee.

The UK’s native bumblebee population is rapidly declining as a result of changing agricultural practices and a lack of wildflowers to feed on, something which has worrying implications for our wider countryside ecosystem.

In order to redress the balance, Willerby, which has recently become a corporate member of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, has created its own year-long campaign to raise awareness and support the conservation of the bumblebee. Armed with more than 20,000 packets of special bee-friendly wild flower seeds to rebuild the bumblebee’s disappearing habitat, Willerby is enlisting the help of schoolchildren as well as its staff, suppliers, customers and members of the Willerby Owners’ Club to ensure they reach every corner of the UK this year.

The team have already handed out thousands of packets of the special bee-friendly seeds to members of the public at three major trade shows in Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham since the start of the year, getting the project off to a flying start.

Willerby has teamed up with a network of primary schools in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire, where it is based, to encourage children to create their own bee-friendly gardens at school. The company is also working closely with HM Prison Hull, where prisoners learning joinery skills as part of their rehabilitation process are creating 100 handcrafted wooden bee-houses for Willerby to distribute to local schools and hospitals later this year.

Bernard Murphy, managing director at Willerby said: “The bumblebee has always held a special place in our hearts here at Willerby as one of our founders, Walter Allen, was originally a beehive maker. So we felt it was only right, knowing the danger our bumblebees are facing, that we do our bit to raise awareness and hopefully reverse this worrying trend.

“We’re excited to get this campaign off the ground and we’ve got plenty of activities planned throughout the year so watch out for more updates. Don’t forget, there’s still time for you to get involved and help us create a buzz this year!”

For more information about Willerby Innovations please visit www.willerbyinnovations.com. More information about Willerby can be found at www.willerby.com


Winners announced in competition to drive innovation and sustainability in construction sector

Construction Industry Solutions (COINS), a market leader in enterprise software for the construction industry, has revealed the winners of the 2017 Grand Challenge.

The six winners battled stiff competition to win the acclaimed annual contest, which challenges entrants to share new ideas that could positively impact the build environment and in turn, our society.  The competition aims to attract new people and encourage the wider construction industry to focus on innovation to create a more efficient and sustainable sector.

The winners of this year’s competition were announced on Wednesday 8 February at the Grand Challenge Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony hosted in London. The winning entries focused on sustainability, new and emerging technology and leadership.

Robert Brown, CEO of COINS, said: “On behalf of everyone at COINS and our partners and judges in the Grand Challenge, I would like to congratulate all of the finalists and winners in this year’s event.  We have been very impressed with the creativity and innovation in every entry, all of which have highlighted a new and improved way to do things across the sector.

“At COINS, we take our responsibility to society and the future of the industry very seriously, and it’s that belief that is the driving force behind the Grand Challenge. We hope to see many of the students, start-ups and innovators we have been working with bring transformational products and services to the industry over the coming years, and wish them the best of luck in their new ventures.”

The winners of this year’s Grand Challenge are awarded a series of prizes such as R & D Funding, paid internships with leading industry players and education grants which have been sponsored by a series of partners including Barratt Developments, Laing O’Rourke and Bouygues UK.

For further information about the Grand Challenge, a full list of this year’s winners, sponsors and partners, please visit http://coins-grandchallenge.com/winners2017

With offices in six countries, COINS is the market leader in enterprise software for the construction industry, offering cloud and mobile based solutions that help customers manage projects across each stage of the project lifecycle.


Sodexo earns highest marks in RobecoSAM’s ‘Sustainability Yearbook’ for tenth straight year

Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life services, reinforces its position as one of the most sustainable companies in the world by earning Gold Class distinction in RobecoSAM’s annual ‘Sustainability Yearbook 2017’. For the tenth consecutive year, Sodexo has been ranked as the top-scoring company in its sector for its excellent sustainability performance.

This recognition reflects Sodexo’s long-term mission of contributing to the economic, social and environmental development of the communities, regions and countries where it operates. Sodexo is a global company delivering its services locally in the 80 countries where the Group is present.

Commitment to local communities is a major pillar of its Corporate Responsibility strategy. For instance, Sodexo fosters local development through its relationships with local employees, clients and suppliers by developing employability and sustaining the economic development of its partners.

Sodexo notably works in many countries throughout the world to integrate small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) into its supply chain. This year, the Group will once again purchase products and services totaling more than $1 billion from SMEs. This action aims to benefit as many as 5,000 small businesses in 40 countries, with 1,500 of those businesses being women owned and operated.

Sodexo also works hand-in-hand with local authorities, clients, NGOs and associations to contribute to the development of local communities. For example, via Stop Hunger, an international non-profit organization created in 1996 by Sodexo employees, Sodexo supports networks of solidarity grocery stores and funds the creation of community gardens in France and Latin America, enabling people to grow healthy food for their families.

The two organizations also help women, who account for 43% of agricultural production and grow 60-80% of the food resources derived from family farming in developing countries, become more autonomous and contribute more to sustainable development while making it a source of empowerment.

More about RobecoSAM’s Sustainability Yearbook

Each year, RobecoSAM, a leading asset management company focusing on sustainability investing, publishes “The Sustainability Yearbook”, the world’s most comprehensive publication on corporate sustainability performance. In 2017, a record number of more than 3,400 companies were considered for inclusion in the yearbook. As many as 867 companies from 42 different countries participated in this year’s assessment.

View RobecoSAM’s Sustainability Yearbook for more information.


Popular National Trust garden demonstrates its green credentials with Mitsubishi Electric Jet Towel

One of the National Trust’s most eco-friendly properties aims to inspire its visitors to a more sustainable way of living and has chosen Mitsubishi Electric Jet Towels in preference to other types of hand dryer.

Nymans Gardens in the High Weald of Sussex was laid out over 120 years ago with plants collected from around the world. The grand house at its centre was ravaged by fire in 1947 and for many years the National Trust presented it as a romantic ruin. More recently, a small number of rooms were refurbished and opened to the public. Today, it is still a garden lovers’ delight and often booked for weddings and other outdoor receptions.

The ethos of the site’s management is very much focused on sustainability, so it is little wonder that they chose one of the most energy-efficient hand dryers for its several sets of bathrooms.

The National Trust runs properties and open spaces all over the country, to which its two million plus members and non-members are welcome. The energy saving of a single Mitsubishi Electric Jet Towel compared to a conventional blower dryer is multiplied over and over again across the many properties in which they have been installed.

Mitsubishi Electric Jet Towel works on a completely different principle to the evaporative technique of hot air blowers. You place your hands into a slot in the top of the unit, which activates a high-speed jet of air. This flows over the hands pushing the water downward to the finger tips, from which it falls into the integral drain of the Jet Towel dryer.

Typically, this takes from only 9 seconds, a fraction of the time taken by old style blowers. This, coupled with the fact that the motor within the Mitsubishi Electric Jet Towel is very efficient, leads to an energy saving of around 90% each time the unit is used.

In fact, blowers are so slow that most people give up and walk away with still-wet hands, which can compromises hygiene, as people may be left with bacteria on their hands, which they then transfer to door handles etc.

Mitsubishi Electric’s Jet Towel Business Development Manager, Fawn Terry, explains: “Jet Towel is completely non-contact in use, so bacterial transfer is virtually impossible and as a safeguard all of its surfaces have an anti-microbial coating.”

Other advantages of the Jet Towel include its low-noise operation (58-61dB), ease of maintenance and the enhanced user-experience. Running costs are lower than a hot air dryer, paper towels, or roller towels.

Mitsubishi Electric Jet Towel is also proving popular at The National Trust’s world famous Stourhead Estate, where they were initially installed alongside traditional blowers. An automatic counter was used to determine which option visitors preferred, with the Jet Towel winning hands down. www.jettowel.co.uk


Collaborative partnership improves sustainability of data centres

A collaborative partnership between a major construction company and a critical infrastructures specialist is opening the door for clients to access sector-specific expertise at the earliest stages of projects, and in turn support the improved sustainability of these power-hungry facilities. These key benefits are the direct result of the combined skill sets of Interserve, the international support services and construction group, and Sudlows, the UK’s leading experts in the design, installation and commissioning of innovative data centre environments. Tabu Chanda, Strategic Account Director of Interserve and Andy Hirst, Technical Director of Sudlows, explain more.

The carbon emitted per square metre within data centres is huge compared to that of other types of corporate space such as offices and depots. Given that companies above a certain size are now encouraged to reduce carbon emissions to gain the benefits available from the Carbon Reduction Commitment Scheme, improvements in the environmental performance of data centres can have an enormous effect on the overall carbon footprint of a company, while also generating significant cost savings.

Many companies do not realise the extent to which they can improve the carbon footprint of their data centres: supporting not only their Corporate Social Responsibility goals but also lowering their running costs. This is true of both existing data centres and of those at the planning stage. Clients are experts in their own fields, but not necessarily experts in data centres. Other clients are aware that they can improve the carbon footprint of their data centre, but are not necessarily familiar with the best ways in which this can be achieved.

In order to optimise the environmental performance of data centres (whether upgraded or new build) the bringing together of a team at the earliest stage of design that offers the requisite level of specialist expertise is a key driver to success. This means that the skills of the architects and M&E consultants can be supplemented at this very early stage with data centre experts who are regularly exposed to the latest innovations and construction techniques specifically in this market.

Before new data centres are built or existing ones further developed, Sudlows and Interserve work collaboratively with a client’s architects and M&E consultants to improve data centres’ environmental credentials when compared to the more traditional way of bringing in this niche expertise after the design is more developed.

There are three distinct areas in which the Interserve/Sudlows collaboration is bringing benefits for data centre owners in environmental and cost-saving terms: critical power; control and monitoring; and cooling.

Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) is a key measure of data centre efficiency. Often the ‘holy grail’ of data centre ownership is increasing the number of servers without using more power or indeed without having to build a whole new data centre. This again is a key area in which the Interserve/Sudlows collaborative partnership is able to help through clever reconfiguration. Sudlows has a unique perspective on this as it is currently acting as Ambassador for the European Union Code of Conduct for Data Centre Energy Efficiency.

The current landscape of the data centre market often sees the client, architect, M&E consultant, provider and contractor working in silos with the full bandwidth of skills required only coming together later in the process. The Interserve/Sudlows collaborative partnership seeks to improve this situation with niche expertise being available at the earliest stages of project development. Construction and data centre expertise combined to develop optimised solutions, with client’s and their professional teams all backed by the financial firepower of a FTSE250 company.

Further assurance is provided given the fact that the partnership is governed by the BS11000 (Collaborative Business Relationships) standard, to which Interserve is accredited.

The data centre sector is highly specialised, and the impact of these facilities failing can be catastrophic for businesses. The Interserve/Sudlows collaborative partnership has been borne out of a recognition that the sector should be treated as fundamental to clients’ ‘business as usual’ activities, and that with this in mind the partnership’s depth and breadth of skills provide assurance for clients, particularly at the feasibility and design stages of projects as well as during the delivery phase.

There is opportunity through the partnership’s combined skills to help clients engage with it at the earliest stage of project development, drawing upon Interserve’s knowledge of complex project delivery and Sudlows’ expertise across data centres, specialist technologies and innovation in this field.




Five Tips: Cutting Energy Spend, Efficiently

JVR-(1)By Joan Vidal, Energy Solutions Development Leader at Honeywell Building Solutions

When it comes to improving your building’s efficiency, knowing where to start and how to maintain a successful, long-term programme can prove challenging given the array of systems and processes that impact energy use. Robust energy management is about striking a balance between business needs and operational effectiveness. This entails taking a holistic view at how energy is both consumed and purchased, and the resulting gains can be significant.

Here are five things to keep in mind as you look for savings beyond the lights:

  1. View your building as an interconnected ecosystem that should run in sync
    Ballasts, bulbs and thermostats are just the tip of the spear. The building is an extensive collection of equipment that should all be working in concert. By viewing it as a living ecosystem, you’ll be better equipped to gather, analyse and act on data. You can then uncover connections between the building’s performance, comfort, safety and energy costs to make more informed adjustments in the future.

  1. Understand your utility’s pricing structures and available incentives
    Utility pricing, tariff mechanisms and incentives for participating in programmes, such as the UK National Energy Efficiency Action Plan,that help solve transmission and distribution issues all present opportunities to trim your spend. Understanding how you pay for energy gives you the ability to develop and implement strategies for things like peak pricing, points in time that can make or break an energy management programme. Even if you’re using an outside consultant, stay informed and engaged.

  1. Establish your base and peak load benchmarks
    To better respond to external factors like utility pricing, take an inventory of your building equipment and establish a baseline of performance at all times of the day. Improving efficiency is all about determining how to manage a building’s base load and making adjustments when grid-wide energy use and costs peak. It’s not one or the other.
    With this insight, you can ensure your building is only using the amount of power necessary at specific times, helping to squeeze out as much energy savings as possible.

  1. Don’t ignore the obvious when looking for improvements
    In your busy day-to-day life of managing a building, it’s easy to fall into a mode of responding to the most urgent needs and overlooking seemingly minor tweaks. However, what initially looks insignificant can potentially be a gold mine for energy savings. Take HVAC system alarms for example which are so routine they’re often ignored. These alarms, however, not only highlight a concern that needs near-term attention, but analysed in aggregate they can show patterns that indicate much larger issues and opportunities.
    Using technology to your advantage can ensure you don’t overlook the obvious. And now, cloud-based software like Honeywell Attune can help ease the burden of synthesising data generated by your building and accelerate the discovery process to provide smart, targeted recommendations for efficiency improvements.

  1. Assume energy efficiency opportunities are always available
    While it’s true that a newer building may not have as many savings opportunities as an older building — or one that’s been poorly managed — all buildings will display some level of degradation, and steps can be taken to mitigate or slow that process. It’s important to adopt the mindset that there are energy-efficiency opportunities in all buildings. For example, we’ve seen new buildings that weren’t properly commissioned from the outset. As a result, we uncovered significant efficiency opportunities, catching what was initially missed.

Whether you’re managing a school campus or in charge of a hospital site, improving energy efficiency is likely an ongoing theme in your daily operations. Use these pieces of advice as a starting framework to give these efforts the necessary, holistic attention they deserve.

However, also keep in mind that improving efficiency is more than just following a series of steps. It takes establishing a culture that believes there’s always a better way to do things — and a culture that is committed to uncovering the insights necessary to make those improvements.


Portakabin announces more sustainability initiatives

The Portakabin Group, the UK’s leading modular building specialist, has announced more sustainability commitments and initiatives to help its customers further reduce their carbon footprint.

Waste streams from the manufacture of its modular buildings at its international production centre in York have been increased from 18 to 26 and now include:

  • Used vinyl flooring recycled for traffic cones and other plastic products
  • Take-back schemes for batteries, fluorescent bulbs, printer cartridges and new vinyl flooring offcuts
  • Waste streams for plastics increased from 3 to 5 and mastic tubes are now recycled
  • 5 metal waste streams for recycling different grades of steel, aluminium and copper
  • Waste from solvents is re-used as furnace fuel.

The Group has invested £100,000 in a new high-tech saw machine which uses advanced technology to optimise material usage, further reducing waste.

Derek Carter, Chief Executive of the Portakabin Group said, “Our objective of zero waste to landfill at our York factory was successfully achieved in 2013 – and since then we have won a number of awards for environmental excellence. However, we are firmly committed to continually raising the bar and achieving even more improvements to our waste management processes and sustainability performance.”

“Our teams across the business are constantly looking at new ways to increase recycling, reduce waste, further improve the recycled content of our products and the re-use of our buildings when they reach end of life. This is all outstanding work which gives our customers even greater confidence in the sustainability of our approach and in the reduced carbon footprint of all of our buildings.”

Other new waste minimisation initiatives:

  • The Group’s 50 UK Hire and Visitor Centres now separate out paper and cardboard for recycling, and plasterboard on the larger sites
  • Investment in specially-designed containers to hold and protect components for the modular manufacturing process. These ‘stillages’ are then sent back to suppliers for re-filling, removing the need for packaging
  • The introduction of a new reporting structure to achieve further reductions in energy consumption and waste, and demonstrating the importance Portakabin places on leadership in this area
  • Increased use of internal education programmes to continually raise awareness of waste management best practice among staff at every level
  • An active Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme which instigates and promotes community recycling initiatives across the Group – such as collections for local clothes banks and for the distribution of spectacles to developing countries; the donation of carpet tiles and furniture to local schools and libraries following an office refurbishment, and timber offcuts to help Portakabin volunteers transform an area of wasteland into an allotment for local children
  • The extension of a programme to segregate and recycle six streams of office waste. This is now being rolled out across the whole of the York headquarters site, following successful trials
  • Portakabin now has compactors for general waste and bailers at its York manufacturing centre to put cardboard, soft plastics, plastic bottles and plastic strapping into bails. This reduces transportation and carbon emissions by achieving higher tonnage with each truck movement.

These latest initiatives follow a host of existing commitments, which include Portakabin sourcing its steel supplies locally. 79 per cent of the steel used in its modular manufacturing process continues to be supplied from within the UK, which is more sustainable, strongly supports British manufacturing, procures steel of the highest quality, and minimises the carbon footprint of Portakabin buildings.




Sustainability simplified – cutting the complexity

The sustainability management role is a complex one and individual needs and priorities are different depending on organisation type, business focus and sometimes even the day of the week. So, to cut through the complexity, we are bringing the edie experience to life.

You start at edie Live a free, two-day programme of content, learning, insight, networking and support, specifically tailored to your needs. Covering best practice, behaviour change and engagement, leadership, sustainability skills, targets and reporting, innovation and technology (both established and emerging) and a raft of support and advice services and experts, edie Live brings together a free, two-day programme of content, learning, insight, networking and support, specifically tailored to you and your needs.

Our dedicated content theatres will cut through the complexity and provide you with the business critical understanding you need to formulate and implement effective strategies, engage with different stakeholders to drive real behaviour change and create real brand value through sustainability.
Showcasing real life business case studies and sharing learning, understanding and different approaches to driving sustainability, the theatres examine everything from smashing your targets and driving activities beyond compliance; engaging with employees to drive real behaviour change, to speaking the right language to influence key stakeholders.

The Energy Efficiency theatre examines the most successful strategies and initiatives in driving down energy consumption and costs. From getting boardroom buy-in to communicating success; onsite generation vs efficiency vs procurement to maximising results using data analysis, this two-day programme has energy management covered.

The Resource Efficiency theatre examines effective management across water, waste, materials and the supply chain, including disruptive partnerships and collaboration, new business approaches and how to get the consumer on board.

Learn about onsite installations in the Onsite Solutions theatre. From demand response to micro generation, water management to greening your fleet, we’ve got it covered.

Designed for sustainable business leaders of today and tomorrow, the edie Leaders Conference takes a strategic look at sustainability. The programme includes dedicated content packages around policy, regulation and drivers; the economics and profitability of sustainability, the bigger picture and ensuring the right skills mix for success, including leadership and positive change and embedding sustainability thinking throughout all levels of the business.

For the first time at edie Live, we’re introducing free Advice Clinics where experts will provide visitors with a 20-minute, one-to-one consultation on the subject they want help with. Find the answers to your questions about ISO 140001, sustainability training, energy management, education, supply chain management and more.

EdieLIVE_logoStay ahead of the sustainability curve with the newest and most exciting entrants in the sustainability space in the Innovation Zone. Chosen by a panel of expert judges, the selected technology and solutions on display will be showcased in a special area of the show. Don’t miss the winner being announced at the end of the first day of the show!

And of course, help in navigating the technology maze. We bring together the leading technology and service providers in sustainability management in one place. Meet the suppliers who can ensure you deliver on your targets and objectives.
Exhibitors include; Building energy management systems, Energy efficiency products/services, HVAC, Lighting, Metering/monitoring, Consultancy services, Demand response, Carbon Management, Reuse networks/waste exchange, Supply chain management, Waste management, Standards and accreditation, Rainwater harvesting, SUDS/stormwater management, Data collection/management, Electric vehicles, Anaerobic digestion/biogas, Refuse derived fuels/biomass fuels, Biomass boilers, Solar PV, Wind power and much more.

Find out what else is on offer and get your free two-day pass here.