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22 June 2012

Foremans Publishes New White Paper - How to Implement an Environmental Policy


Foremans Relocatable Building Systems, the UK's largest supplier of recycled and refurbished modular buildings, has published a new white paper - a practical guide to implementing an environmental policy.

The new industry report provides organisations in both the public and private sectors with a comprehensive guide to delivering an environmental policy which can bring real and immediate benefits. 

Commenting on the new report, Mike Williams, Managing Director of Foremans, said, "Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of modern times.  Many organisations have already taken practical steps to reduce their impact on the environment but there is still work to do." 

"As well as increasing value among customers, shareholders and employees, a robust commitment to reducing carbon emissions can make a significant difference to an organisation's efficiency and reputation, and should be embraced by staff at every level."

The new paper, which can be downloaded from the Foremans website, www.foremansbuildings.info/reports, offers nine practical steps to help more organisations and their employees reduce their carbon footprint.  These include:

  • How to conduct a carbon emissions audit
  • Developing an emissions reduction plan
  • Creating a senior implementation team
  • Drafting the environmental policy
  • Identifying areas of financial assistance
  • Communicating and raising awareness of the policy
  • Implementing good office practices
  • Establishing key environmental performance indicators
  • Useful resources.

The recycling and refurbishment of relocatable buildings is one of the most sustainable methods of construction - helping to further reduce an organisation's carbon emissions, waste sent to landfill, and improving a building's carbon footprint. 

Every Foremans recycled building is fully refurbished off site with new windows, composite cladding, wall linings, partitions, M&E services, doors and flooring, creating high quality, attractive accommodation for a range of permanent and interim uses, including offices, classrooms, and wards.

To download a copy of the new guide, visit www.foremansbuildings.info/reports.

Editor's Notes

1.     The advantages of refurbished and recycled modular buildings include:

  • Programme times which are up to 70 per cent faster than new build, for earlier occupation
  • Less disruption to existing operations during construction
  • Foremans buildings can easily be expanded, reconfigured or removed to meet an organisation's changing needs
  • High quality steel-framed modular buildings, which are built to last and require fewer ground works than site-based construction - further reducing cost, disruption and programme times
  • The approach generates less than 10 per cent of the carbon emissions and uses less than 3 per cent of the energy during construction, compared to a newly manufactured building of equivalent size (source: MPBA/Arup). 
  • This is a highly thermally efficient solution.  All recycled and refurbished modular buildings supplied by Foremans meet the requirements of the revised Building Regulations Part L2A 2010 (England and Wales) and Section 6 2010 (Scotland).

2.     Foremans offers the UK's largest selection of refurbished Portakabin buildings available from stock.  It provides a nationwide service from its 30,000sqm production centre in East Yorkshire, and its southern operational centre in Hemel Hempstead.

Foremans has a full range of construction services, including planning advice and submissions, Building Regulations approvals, funding options, and all aspects of the building design, space planning, project management, ground works, fitting out, delivery, site installation, testing and commissioning.