Faithful+Gould has a long track record of providing sustainability consulting services to the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). The combined capital value of the projects undertaken since commencing work under the framework is over £2 billion. We estimate that as a result of this intervention, over 1,000,000 tonnes of waste will be diverted from landfill with further savings beyond that also possible.
We have undertaken over 10 projects for WRAP under a framework. The aim of these projects was to improve resource efficacy in construction using mechanisms that included developing tools for the construction industry and training and engagement with procurers, developers and contractors. The UK construction industry is a major producer of waste, consuming around 420 million tonnes of material per annum, which is around 3 times the volume of waste produced by households. WRAP’s challenge is to engage with the construction industry to reduce this waste burden.
Some of the many WRAP projects we have been involved with include:
Development of the Recycled Content Toolkit. In 2005 we worked with WRAP to create an 'online' toolkit that would allow a design team to quickly estimate the recycled content of a building, an important ‘eKPI’. The toolkit estimates the recycled content from a bill of quantities. The tool is now in the public domain and has been used on several hundred projects. Users include MOD, NOMS, Tesco, and a number of major developers and contractors. Specifying recycled content in the Building Schools for the Future programme: Building Schools for the Future (BSF) is the biggest single government investment in transforming education for over 50 years. Addressing a legacy of underinvestment in the schools estate, the programme aims to rebuild or renew every secondary school in England over a fifteen year period, at an estimated cost of £45 billion. Faithful+Gould has been working on this project which will ensure that recycled content (by value) targets are included in PfS standard form contracts. The inclusion of this environmental KPI in the contract form will make a significant impact on reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfill.
Opportunities for recycled content in supermarket construction: The study calculated the overall level of recycled content across the products and materials used to construct a new supermarket. In addition, the total quantity of additional material diverted from the waste stream, as a result of the adoption of good practices, was estimated.