Wigan-based Allenbuild has signed up to the Buy Recycled Code set by sustainable building agency Envirolink Northwest.
Allenbuild will receive free training on how to incorporate recycled content products and Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems into projects. Envirolink Northwest is funded by the North West Development Agency and is the body responsible for the development of the energy and environmental technologies and services sector in the region.
Natalie Hill, business development manager for Allenbuild Northwest, said: "Sustainability is becoming increasingly important to clients. As a 'design and build' contractor, we have a responsibility to our clients and the environment to be not only knowledgeable but actually be embracing the use of new technologies and products. We are now interested in the other service areas Envirolink Northwest offers, notably its expertise in energy efficiency and renewable energy technology."
Envirolink Northwest collaborated with Charcon Hard Landscaping, manufacturer and supplier of hard landscaping products, to deliver a series of workshops to Allenbuild Northwest's project staff. The sessions covered the concept of exceeding industry targets of recycled content product by materials value, how to achieve this through contracts and procurement, tools on how to measure recycled content and how to design in SUDS and their long-term benefits.
David Kemp, procurement manager of Envirolink Northwest, said: "Membership of the Buy Recycled Code is more than just a PR exercise. It provides tangible benefits including access to a wide range of industry experts and partners able to advise companies on reducing their impact on the environment.
"The workshops underline that these sustainability initiatives are not expensive processes and do not result in any diminution of quality. The objective is to attain the same high standards and levels of quality but in a more sustainable fashion without having a negative impact on a company's bottom line."
Envirolink Northwest is working with Allenbuild Northwest to identify a suitable scheme on which to trial some of the techniques that will be covered in the workshops on a live project to produce a case study.