Health and Safety - Environmental Policy
We at WB Construction understand that buildings and the environment are inextricably linked and that the construction of healthy buildings results in an environment that promotes the health of the occupants as well as the health of the planet through sustainable development.
The Company is committed in its policy of considering environmental factors at all stages of the construction process to ensure that an environmentally friendly building is achieved. This commitment is maintained from the inception and throughout design and construction.
- Avoid ozone-depleting chemicals in mechanical equipment and insulation – CFC’s have been phased out but their primary replacements HCFC’s also damage the ozone. HCFC’s are found in foam insulation, the design team will not specify this material
- Use durable products and materials – Manufacturing is very energy intensive, a product that lasts longer or requires less maintenance usually saves energy. Durable products also contribute less to solid waste problems. Where possible low maintenance building materials shall be selected.
- Choose building materials with low embodied energy – Heavily processed or manufactured products are usually more energy intensive. As long as durability and performance are not compromised low embodied energy materials shall be specified.
- Specify locally produced building materials from renewable sources – Transportation is costly in both energy use and pollution generation and, therefore, locally produced materials shall be sourced wherever practicable.
- Seek responsible timber suppliers – Tropical hardwoods should not be specified unless the supplier can document the timber comes from well managed forests.
- Avoid toxic materials that will give off gas pollutants – Many conventional building products such as solvent based finishes, adhesives, sealants, particle board and carpeting release formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) such as xylene, toluene and epoxy into the air. These chemicals can affect workers and occupant’s health as well as contribute to smog and ground level pollution. Non toxic substitutes shall be specified whenever practicable.
The Construction Phase
WB Construction’s commitment to the environment is maintained through the construction phase. The company encourages the following on site practices to support the design team’s efforts:
- Good waste management is enforced by the site manager – Over ordering materials and waste of construction material shall be avoided. Clearly marked bins shall be set up for difference types of reusable waste. Construction debris shall not be buried in backfill materials or during groundworks.
- Minimise packaging waste – Products with excessive packaging shall be avoided and suppliers are informed of the reason.
- Supplies are purchased from suppliers who have a documented and practical commitment to the environment. Recycled products used when feasible.
- The workforce shall be educated via toolbox talks about the importance of being environmentally responsible. Car pool shall be encouraged.
- Transport reduction – Site visits and errands shall be arranged to minimise unnecessary driving.
- Trees and topsoil shall be protected during siteworks. This is done by fencing off the ‘drip line’ and avoiding major changes to surface grade.
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