Environmental Policy

The formulation of an Environmental Policy is fundamental to a greater understanding of sustainable issues.
This policy sets out the company’s standards and objectives working towards certification under ISO14001 which together with ISO9001 forms part of our Integrated Management System.

1.0 - Environmental policy – Aims & objectives

The aims and objectives of the environmental policy for Assael Architecture are as follows:
1.1   To provide a clear statement that identifies the areas of our work that has an impact on the environment, together with objectives and targets for reducing such impacts.
1.2   To provide employees and others with relevant information they can understand and use to maintain an awareness of the environmental impacts of the companies’ operations.
1.3   To demonstrate an awareness of current legal and regulatory demands and a commitment to comply with them.
1.4   To provide ongoing training for employees to ensure an awareness of the environmental issues that concern the business operation.
1.5   To monitor the actions of the company in its business activities and strive to reduce environmental impact through a programme of continuous improvement.

2.0 - Implementation

This environmental policy is one part of Assael Architecture’s Integrated Management System and is demonstrated by:
2.1   A commitment and backing from the Senior Managers throughout the business to run the company in a way that has a high regard for environmental issues and to try to improve the sustainable nature of the work in which we are involved.  Implementation of the PEP Checkpoint Assessment ensures that staff are prompted at each design stage to work with the design team to find the most appropriate sustainable design solutions.
2.2   The formulation of a policy document that sets out Assael Architecture’s commitment to environmental sustainability. A Sustainability Statement has been made available to the public on the company website - www.assael.co.uk.
2.3   Training and education of employees to improve awareness of environmental and sustainable issues through regular CPD’s and seminars and payment of individual training identified at staff reviews.
2.4   To work with our clients to improve the sustainable nature of our project work.
2.5   Monitoring of our operations and a record showing continual improvement through ISO9001 and ISO14001.

3.0 - Understanding the business impact on the environment

The business activities undertaken by Assael Architecture have an impact on the environment in two areas; office based – in the day-to-day running of the business, and project based – in the projects that we design and that are built by others.

3.1   Office Based

The following business activities have been identified as having an impact on the environment:
·       Printing
·       Ordering of materials
·       Paper waste
·       Redundant computers and office equipment
·       Electricity consumption
·       Travel to the office
·       Training
·       Home working
·       Waste stream management
3.1.1  With each of these activities the company has identified areas for improvement, monitored as part of our Integrated Management System.
3.2   Project Based
3.2.1  The business produces designs for buildings, implements the construction of these designs and administers building contracts. With this part of the business operation there exists a much greater scope for environmental impact, though the ultimate control of these impacts may not be within the control of the company.
3.2.2  As part of establishing our clients’ brief Assael recommend an initial environmental appraisal of the design, to help clients to make environmentally aware choices and meet any regulatory objectives.
3.3.3  As environmental issues become more important, Assael work with our clients to ensure that they are offered the most up to date design solutions to meet increasingly stringent standards.

4.0 - Actions

4.1   Producing objectives and targets for environmental improvement and a management programme to achieve them.
4.2   In the design of buildings and site development, Assael aim to assist both designers and clients with their understanding of the wider sustainability issues. The PEP Checkpoint Assessment supports this process at each design stage.
4.3   Our in-house document ‘The Green Primer’ has been written to give staff a route map to follow in order to achieve more sustainable designs.  This intention is to update this document during the course of 2017 with an annual review of the document thereafter.

5.0 - Training

5.1   As part of its continuous improvement regime, Assael Architecture Identify training needs through regular staff reviews and raise awareness of environmental issues through a programme of staff seminars and in-house documents.
5.2   The company ensures that staff are competent to undertake the company business with knowledge of its environmental impact through a series of training courses and seminars.
5.3   Assael ensure that access to relevant environmental legislation and regulations is available and that it is kept up to date.

6.0 - ISO14001

6.1   Assael have identified that certification under ISO 14001 will give the business added credibility in an environment where running a sustainable business and producing an environmentally aware product is becoming the norm rather than a specialist option.
6.2   We constantly monitor the business activity to identify the business impact on the environment and
have identified key performance indicators (KPI’s) in our business plan which aims to reduce this impact.
6.3   The company has started the formal process of obtaining certification under ISO14001 and will integrate this with other standards to form Assael’s Integrated Management System by the end of 2016.

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