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Our environmental commitment

In 2000 we implemented our Environmental Policy, which all employees, self-employed personnel, sub-contractors and suppliers are required to comply with.

By minimising waste and emissions, recycling, and creating more sustainable developments, we are reducing the impact our business has on the environment, without compromising the usability, durability and quality of the homes and commercial developments we create for our customers.

Examples of how we achieve this

  • Wherever possible, we source our equipment and materials locally to reduce transport miles and CO2 emissions.
  • We assess all plant and equipment (including those of sub-contractors) for noise levels and emissions prior to purchase and use.
  • Using timber from renewable sources endorsed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
  • Using Solar Gain to maximise natural sunlight and reduce the need for supplementary heating.
  • Reducing waste and recycling materials where possible e.g. at our Oakhill Grange development in Aberdeen we re-used granite from demolished buildings to create landscaping features and garden walls.
  • Using A rated energy efficient gas condensing boilers - which use 15% less gas than standard efficiency gas boilers - and fitting thermostatically controlled radiators. Customers also have the choice of a Solar Thermal Heating system if preferred.
  • Fitting argon-filled double-glazed windows, which are 15% more efficient than standard double-glazed windows.
  • The use of efficient low energy LED lighting where possible, which provides savings of up to 90% over conventional incandescent alternatives.
  • We fit flow reducing taps and dual-flush toilets to reduce water consumption.
  • Where supplied, appliances have a minimum energy efficiency rating of A or A+.
  • Brownfield development – a form of land recycling where former industrial or derelict sites are redeveloped.
  • Planting around 30,000 trees and shrubs and 2 tonnes of spring bulbs on new developments every year, which enhances the environment and creates valuable nesting habitats and wildlife corridors.