Winner: Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe
Waste minimisation is part of Brookfield Multiplex’s innovative waste policy. Programmes are constantly reviewed to ensure that any advances in technology, such as materials or reuse of materials, are captured in its procedure.
This process eliminates unnecessary construction costs, reduces the carbon footprint and the impact of traffic, and helps the company to achieve high scores for the Considerate Constructors Scheme, necessary for a BREEAM Excellent rating, and the Code for Sustainable Homes.
“This was very comprehensive. The company focused on a job-by-job basis and showed a real change in cultural practice. This is the complete package.”
Brookfield’s projects use a bespoke software system called BrookfieldMetrics, within which the site waste management plan (SWMP) is embedded. Waste is recorded, allowing the firm to create a robust set of data and track progress against targets.
The company has recognised that, to minimise waste, it needs to work with its design teams, suppliers and subcontractors. Waste and materials-related sustainability considerations have therefore been embedded in every step of its process. For example, ideas workshops are held, and a waste forecast is included in its SWMP to determine the biggest waste streams and any quick wins. Environmental screening is also carried out along the supply chain and sustainability clauses are agreed. Each project has a waste champion from the outset.
Waste minimisation is achieved through measures such as ensuring reuse and recovery from demolition and construction; creating ‘green rooms’ for all offcuts for reuse on-site; using off-site manufacturing; ensuring wasteefficient procurement, for example with takeback schemes for any surplus materials and using reusable packaging options; optimization of materials to reduce construction errors and consequent rework; ordering materials to reduce offcuts, such as ordering plasterboard to match floor-to-ceiling heights; and designing for de-construction.
Brookfield’s initiative to achieve and maintain a 95% minimum recycling target has involved cultural change, from board level down.
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