We're delighted to demonstrate our commitment to zero carbon by utilising the services of KLH Sustainability.
Max Diessner, who started the company in 1979 said, ‘‘Like many companies we have traditional values and traditional ways of working. That doesn’t, however, stop us continually looking for better ways of building while sourcing better, more sustainable products.’’ He continued, ‘‘Zero Carbon is still four years away but we wanted to ensure we had the expertise necessary to be able to offer clients sustainable solutions now.’’
KLH Sustainability is a Consultancy firm headed up by Kirsten Henson (pictured) who was the Senior Sustainability Consultant for the CLM Delivery Partner on the London Olympics.
Kirsten commented, ‘‘It’s great to see local contractors who are not just adhering to new legislation but are actually passionate about sustainable building, design and products. I’m looking forward to working with them to offer their clients and supply chain a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly approach.’’
Kirsten added, ‘‘New building regulations mean that SME’s will need to know about things like Code 5, Code 6 and zero carbon to help minimise CO2 emissions which contribute to the increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. A lot of companies focus on additional upfront cost and rarely appreciate that a sustainable approach to construction can deliver short term value gains, improved quality and reduce health and safety risks on the construction site. At the core of sustainable construction is efficient project delivery. Of course some sustainable technologies such as photovoltaics do require a longer term investment view.’’
An open attitude to sustainable building doesn’t stop with the Senior Management as it also permeates through the thinking of their tradesman and sub-contractors, including plasterer, Dan Whitehead, who commented, ‘‘I’ve always been passionate about using leading edge technologies that are in keeping with the ‘green’ ethos. This includes air source heat pumps, mechanical ventilated heat recovery (MVHR) systems, under floor heating, rainwater harvesting and various forms of air tight insulation.’’
In addition, we're partnering with with well-known Kent-based Building Inspector, Geoff Wilkinson of Wilkinson Construction Consultants, and a local architectural practice, Building Design Studios, whose architect, Les Hutchinson (an accredited code assessor), provides advice to ensure all projects are compliant with necessary code regulations whilst ensuring a smooth build process from inception to completion.
Max concluded, ‘‘We didn’t have all the necessary expertise in-house and so, by working with Kirsten and her team, we’re confident we can do right by both our clients and the environment.’’
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