Regarding our waste, volumetric construction delivers:



up to 80% reduction in onsite construction waste



of onsite waste diverted from landfill



of factory waste recycled or used for energy recovery

Tackling embodied carbon

Independent research has demonstrated significant embodied carbon savings for some of our recent projects. The savings are largely associated with the efficient use of materials, the use of lower carbon materials, our streamlined factory and on-site processes.

Academics from the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh Napier and Herriot-Watt have conducted post-construction, streamlined whole life carbon assessments using actual quantitative data from the development sites. These compare favourably to industry-wide embodied carbon targets published by LETI (the Low Energy Transformation Initiative) and RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects).

Embodied Carbon

As buildings become more energy efficient in operation, reducing the carbon associated with construction — including the production and transportation of materials and site activities – and their end of life is becoming increasingly significant. This study underscores the fundamental importance of quantifying carbon in construction and across a building’s life cycle.

Dr Tim Forman
Senior Research Associate - an academic from the University of Cambridge.
BREEAM and beyond

Our projects typically receive Excellent ratings under the BREEAM scheme – the UK’s leading science-based framework for verifying the sustainability credentials of new buildings. BREEAM addresses sustainability in a holistic sense, with projects scored on categories including energy, health & wellbeing, innovation, land use, materials, management, pollution and transport.

Design and development

Through sustainable design, digital technology and precision engineering, our volumetric construction system is proven to improve the sustainability, air tightness, thermal efficiency and acoustic performance of our developments.

Consequently, such efficiencies stop heat escaping in the colder months and, when combined with effective ventilation strategies, ensure our buildings remain cooler in the warmer months – directly translating into significant energy and carbon savings.

Although each project is different, we utilise a variety of methods to reduce environmental impact.

Sustainable considerations embedded in early-stage design governance
Brownfield regeneration
Fabric-first approach to optimise size of heating systems
Solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems
LED lighting, with presence detection and daylight dimming
Low GWP refrigerants for cooling systems
Smart metering and sub-metering of HVAC systems
District heating network connections
Sustainable drainage systems
Green roofs and ecological enhancements to encourage biodiversity
Improved pedestrian and cycle routes
Circular economy

Our volumetric delivery model follows the key principles of the circular economy. As well as exercising greater control over the raw materials selection, reducing the relative volumes of virgin materials and recycling nearly all site and factory waste, we can consider ‘end of life’ factors during the design process. In adopting a ‘design for disassembly’ mindset, theoretically we are able to pre-empt future changes and facilitate the deconstruction and more efficient recovery of increasingly valuable systems, components and materials.