Redrow homes in on green issues

Redrow Homes has rallied ‘green teams’, which have been tasked with identifying and implementing environmental improvements across the business.

While the company has long had a dedicated sustainability department, the green teams will comprise people from all departments with varied experience and an enthusiasm for making a difference.

A team will be based at each of Redrow’s 11 divisional head offices across England and Wales and its national headquarters, in Ewloe, Flintshire.

Nigel Smith, Group research and sustainability director for Redrow Homes, said:

“The aims of the teams are to measure the environmental impacts of our activities, implement projects to reduce them, report on progress and raise awareness of eco issues to all staff.

“Reducing our impact on the environment whenever possible has been a major focus for Redrow for a number of years, but we’re still keen to implement any new ideas that can help us to make meaningful changes. Some of the things the teams will be tackling are energy consumption, the use and purchasing of materials, plus travel and transport, ecology and green spaces, water and waste.”

The formation of the green teams is part of an action plan Redrow is working towards, named Aspirations 2018, which aims to create a significantly more sustainable business over the course of the next four years. As well as environment and financial targets, it also includes an increased focus on creating sustainable new communities, supporting local groups and charities in the areas where Redrow builds and nurturing young talent through apprenticeships and other trainee schemes.

The housebuilder published its first ever full sustainability report last year and its second will be released in the autumn. Group-wide training on sustainability issues is planned for every member of staff later this year.

Nigel added:

“This is an exciting time for Redrow and every employee has a part to play. Working as a team, we can all help to make a difference and drive change both at work and at home to reduce our impact on the environment and positively contribute to the lifestyles of our customers and the communities which we create.”

In 2013, the company sourced 99.5% of its timber products from verified and credibly certified sources and 93% of waste was diverted from landfill.

Of the homes Redrow built in 2013, 82% were fitted with SMART electricity metres, 100% featured energy efficient lighting, 986 included water butts for rainwater harvesting, 720 included domestic recycling facilities and 1,460 homes were built with access to a cycle path.

In addition, the company spent £1.3 million on ecology projects and provided more than 60 hectares of green open space as part of its developments. Over the last four years, 71% of the land Redrow built on was ‘brownfield’ or previously used land.

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