Environmental Policy
Environmental Policy 1. Statement Our mission is to approach every design project with a collaborative and responsible working ethos that encourages staff, clients and end users to adopt an environmental mindset which strives towards a more positive and sustainable way of life. As Architects we recognise that through our operations and services there are both adverse impacts and positive opportunities within the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainable development. Hobart & Heron endeavour to minimise its negative impact and continuously improve our internal operations to positively reduce our operations environmental impact. We are committed to working collaboratively with our clients and end users to encourage them to engage in sustainable design and reduce the adverse impacts of their activities. 2. Aims Hobart & Heron encompass the following as their main aims and objectives in fulfilling their environmental policy. In addition to these aims Hobart & Heron seek to utilise ‘A-Rated’ and environmentally friendly products within each and every project. Hobart & Heron also seek to improve cost effectiveness, productivity and working conditions. (a) Comply with environmental legislation. (b) To minimise any adverse impact on the environment, through the: (i) Reduction of pollutants/CO2 emissions. (ii) Conservation of energy and water. (iii) Use of sustainable resources. (iv) Adopt methods to ensure the efficient use of fuels. (v) Recycling. (c) To seek to identify ways in which the environment can be enhanced through each and every project. (d) To explore measures to enhance employee environmental awareness. (e) To encourage our clients to adopt sustainable building design and construction methods. (f) Publish our environmental policy on our website for public information. 3. Principals Hobart & Heron recognise that the products of our designs will have far more environmental impact than our own operations therefore we are further committed to exercising our professional skills in such a way as to minimise environmental impact in so far as this is possible within the instruction received from our clients. We are committed: • To raise the awareness of clients about sustainability and environmental protection, and help the members of the design team to develop a shared vision of environmental aspirations. • To ensure as far as possible that building projects are supported by a travel plan that promotes sustainable travel choices through public transport and cycling provision. • To assess sites for their ecological value and microclimate, and ensure buildings make best use of the natural features of the site including sun, wind and landscape. • To ascertain the potential for local power generation from renewable energy sources locally or on site. • To ensure that biodiversity is protected or enhanced. • To make best use of orientation and shape to reduce the need for artificial forms of conditioning. • To operate a ‘right-first-time’ culture (through our QM system) for our production information in order to avoid wasteful site reworking. • To minimise the use of construction materials, and specify materials and components with the optimum balance between environmental impact and performance in use. • To ensure that building services are inherently efficient and controllable, and that metering encourages monitoring and management of resource use. • To ensure that buildings are commissioned fully before handover, and that full operating manuals are provided. • To support clients in the first few months of operation by providing on-site training and advice to ensure that systems are fine-tuned and operate in accordance with the design intent.

  
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