4 Ways A Building Company Can Show Commitment To Sustainable Practices
Published 1 Aug 2014 in News From Urbanline
It is quite common for building and architectural companies to state they’re eco-friendly but what does that actually mean? How exactly are they implementing sustainable practices?
Sustainable businesses do have a big role to play in today’s world, but how can you make sure you are making the right eco-friendly choice with your building company?
Here are four key things your building company should be doing to demonstrate its sustainable commitment – and how the team at Urbanline approaches each one:
1. Using recycled materials
The use of recycled materials is the most obvious way to reduce a business’s ’footprint’ and ensure waste is minimised.
At Urbanline our recycled product list includes: composite cladding, panelling, decking and screening products that use recycled wood fibres and other reclaimed materials, like recycled plastics. Some composites feature no timber fibre and use a mix of natural minerals and polymer resins entirely.
2. Careful sourcing of eco-friendly products
Paying close attention to where building products originate is also important. This involves checking where your supplier gets their products from, of course.
We use Western Red Cedar, which produces fewer greenhouse gases, generates less water and air pollution, and requires less energy to produce than alternatives. It also comes from a renewable and sustainable resource. All of our hardwood is sourced from approved suppliers.
3. Possessing the right certification
In the case of some products, especially timber ones, it is doubly important to check origins and you should seek certification that products have come from sustainable sources.
All of our Western Red Cedar has PEFC™ Certification. This is the world’s largest forest certification system, working throughout the entire forest supply chain to promote good practice. All certified products are guaranteed to originate in sustainably managed forests.
4. Securing a green building rating
Does your building materials or architectural supplier have a green building rating from an independent rating body?If so, this means that all the research has already been done and you can be confident the products are what they say they are.
Urbanlinehas a GreenTag Certified Platinum Rating. This provides an advanced certification methodology that makes selecting eco-friendly products easy. Simply look for the GreenTag to know these products contain no toxic or health-impacting chemicals and are eco-friendly at all stages of production, use and end of life.
If you are looking for a building and architectural company that backs up its commitment to sustainability with the right actions, then Urbanline can help you select the right products for any residential or commercial job.
We believe in running a sustainable business using eco-friendly products and methods that are respectful of nature.