Safeguarding the planet and supporting community
Our Sustainability Policy sets out our commitment to continually improve the sustainability of the homes we build, reduce our carbon footprint, protect our planet and tackle poverty and disadvantage in the areas where we operate.
8 ways we’re contributing to global sustainable development efforts
Our sustainable activities at a local level add up to a bigger picture globally. That’s why we have aligned our focus and objectives to 8 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals where we can make a material contribution. SDG 11 in particular (Sustainable Cities and Communities) is a key focus for our business.
Prioritising environmental protection, health and safety and quality
To reduce our everyday impact and continually improve our environmental performance, Keepmoat’s regional teams work to our triple certified ISO9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 & ISO45001:2018 management system. This ensures high construction standards for environmental protection, health and safety and quality homes.
Our approach includes:
- Enhancing environmental controls in construction management systems and contractor trade specifications, to ensure our environmental standards are consistently implemented across all operations.
- Communicating with site teams via online environmental training, briefings for management teams, toolbox talks and e-learning.
- Refining our Health, Safety and Sustainability assurance regime to ensure safety hazards and environmental aspects receive the appropriate focus.
Creating low carbon homes
To drive down the carbon footprint of our developments and bring more customers the benefits of affordable, environmentally-friendly living, we have introduced low carbon technology and materials into our homes, e.g. using over two million low cement Edenhall bricks from Marshalls, which generate 50% less carbon during the production process.
In 2020, 97% of our homes were designed to achieve an EPC B rating or above. As we progress towards designing homes that can meet the proposed 2025 Future Homes Standard, modern methods of construction will play an increasingly important role. In a pioneering trial in West Gorton, Manchester, we have used smart technology combined with fabric improvements, renewable energy generation and battery storage to achieve an initial reduction in electricity bills of 88%.
Managing waste and promoting recycling
The best way to deal with waste is to avoid producing it in the first place and designing out waste is key to our approach. Ultimately, we aim to make Keepmoat a zero-net waste business by 2024, effectively closing the loop. To achieve this, we are prioritising sustainable materials and products, and minimising and responsibly managing the waste that arises from the construction process.
We are adopting Materials Management Plans, which enable excavation material and soil to be treated as a resource to be re-used rather than a waste product, on all new developments.
Driving energy and carbon efficiency in our operations
Our primary focus is on reducing energy use. To minimise diesel use on site, we provide our construction employees with training to reduce idling of site machinery. In addition, all our electricity tariffs – for energy use in construction, sales offices, unsold plots and in our offices - are 100% zero carbon and renewable.