We recognise that the majority of sustainability impacts arising from construction occur during a building’s occupation. We therefore work closely with our customers to understand their aspirations in this area and deliver tailored and innovative solutions.
Low, Zero & Negative Carbon Buildings
In order to minimise carbon emissions during the life of a building Galliford Try take a fabric first approach – reducing the building’s energy demand before looking to offset this with low or zero carbon technologies. The success of this approach is evident in our homes, which overwhelmingly achieve a ‘B’ Energy Performance Certificate rating (average SAP rating of 84 in 2016), indicative of their low heating and water energy demands.
- Innovative materials. Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) material was used at Newport Station to screen out ultraviolet rays (which would have increased the internal temperature of the building) while allowing natural light to enter.
- Free air cooling. To minimise the air cooling requirements at Reading Data Centre, a building with circa 240 racks of IT equipment, an award-winning ‘free air cooling’ solution was developed.
- LED lighting. Working in partnership with Salford City Council and Capita Symonds, Galliford Try retro-fitted 2,000 Salford street lights with LED lights. The success of this project means a further 24,000 lights will be retro-fitted which is expected to save the council £20 million in their 20 year lifespan.
- Design solutions. Homes at Sinclair Meadows were positioned to optimise solar energy and built with shading to avoid overheating, significantly contributing to the development achieving carbon negative status.