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Sustainability

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As an architectural practice, AEW recognise our unique opportunity and obligation to advance and promote sustainable development, and thereby help to safeguard and enhance the environment for future generations. In 2008, AEW set up a ‘Green Team’ headed by Associate Director Andrew Rainford, to develop and implement an Environmental Management System which aimed at creating a strategy to embed environmental awareness and the sustainable agenda throughout the practice. To date a example of successes include:

Employment

AEW Architects is an equal opportunity employer and is fully committed to a policy of treating all of its employees and job applicants equally. We

  • are Investors in People accredited.
  • have an active work experience programme nurturing the next generation; while in practice sustainability and environmental issues are covered.
  • provide a structured training programme for our employees to develop environmentally responsible behaviour and awareness.

Supply Chain

AEW believe we should treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves, a philosophy which is applied equally to suppliers, sub-consultants and employees alike. We:

  • use a supply chain founded on small local businesses.
  • ensure our Clients, consultants, contractors and supply chain is aware of our EMS.
  • ensure sustainability is high on the agenda when developing an initial brief with a Client.

Recycling

AEW seek to minimize the use of natural resources and improve the efficiency of their use in our business operations, with adoption of the principles of REDUCE, RE-USE AND RECYCLE. Whilst this approach does significantly reduce our waste production, we still endeavour to ensure that any waste which is produced is appropriately sorted and the following waste streams are recycled: paper, cardboard, computers/electrical, plastics, metal, glass, CDs, batteries, mobile phones and  printer consumables.

Corporate Social Responsibility

AEW believe that as a company, we should have a positive effect on our environment, our local community, our clients and business partners, and last but not least our employees. We are committed to ensure we continually review and improve the way we operate to the benefit of all. More information can be found under the Charity page.

Energy Usage

AEW actively look at reducing our energy consumption by improving the efficiency of our office and business activities, but of equal importance, we ensure the architecture we create is sustainable in design with a low carbon footprint and environmental impact in both during construction and in operation. Findings show:

  • Reduced water consumption, when comparing the total water use of the first 9 months of 2011 (790m³) against the same period of 2012 (529m³), this resulted in a net saving water use of 261m³ or 33%.
  • The volume of paper being recycled on a day to day basis has declined through the implementation of AEW’s green paper policy and our move towards a paperless office.
  • Baseline readings taken for the month of January 2010 confirm 100% of refuse was disposed of as general waste. Following the subsequent introduction of our recycling systems, the ratio of refuse to recycling was increased as illustrated in the graph below (2010 – 68:32%, 2011 -57:43%, 2012 – 46:54%), such that by 2012 the volume of recycling exceeds refuse. In the three years since the introduction of our EMS, this equates to 1402 bags of rubbish being diverted from landfill.

Waste Limitation

AEW have identified waste generation and disposal as a significant environmental impact of our business activities, we seek to minimize the use of natural resources and improve the efficiency of their use in our business operations, with the adoption of the principles of REDUCE, RE-USE AND RECYCLE.

A full copy of AEW’s systems and polices are available on request.

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