Atlantic (a03) carries out a wide range of Fitout and construction work, on a wide range of Buildings. Atlantic recognise that, whilst the “finished product” enhances the quality of the built environment, getting there can have a major detrimental effect on the general Environment unless the process is strictly managed. Atlantic as do all those within the Construction Industry have a responsibility to ensure that the impact of their work process on the Environment is kept to a absolute minimum.
In the UK as a whole the average cost of a standard waste skip can be between £150 and £200 depending on the content, weight etc yet the average cost of the contents of that skip is £1,200!. Around 13% of materials delivered to Site end up in the Skip, obviously an expensive waste both environmentally and Financially to both Client and Contractor.
Atlantic employ a wide range of personnel, Sub Contractors and Suppliers all of which have the potential to effect the Environment, Atlantic will monitor the Environmental awareness and performance of the supply chain on a regular basis, the performance will effect the selection criterior. Atlantic manage the Environmental issues via the following methods –
Around 20 million tonnes of construction, demolition and excavation (CD&E) waste was sent to landfill in 2010. At the end of 2011 CD&E waste was the largest contributing waste type in illegal waste sites.
The Site Waste Management Plan – this ensures compliance with Government guidelines dealing with the tens of millions of tonnes of Construction waste generated each year
Refers to all issues that can effect the occupants of a Building, ie Air quality, acoustics, lighting etc. Many components of the Interior “built environment” can effect the quality of the interior space. By this we mean that the choice of ceiling, wallcovering or floor finishes for example can effect how an interior space reacts when there is a break in Building services or the existing Building services are not operating efficiently – older systems etc.
Some products, ceiling tiles for example have a treatment that inhibits mould and bacterial growth which has been proven to have an effect on the development of asthma in adulthood (Scandanavian survey 2002). A 1984 World Health Organisation report suggested that upto 28% of new and refurbished Buildings were the subject of a series of complaints relating to interior air quality.
Acoustics are often overlooked as an important part of a balanced working environment and can assist levels of concentration throughout the workforce. There are may options available for use within the Interior sector ranging from Ceiling tiles to Rafts / baffles etc and a wide range of wall finishes and enhancements within Partitions etc.
Lighting is where most personnel have issues with the Interior environment and although there are strict regulations for the type of lighting and the relevant levels of light again this can be enhanced by the use of ceiling and wall finishes.