Sustainable ways of working
Building homes and new communities can have a big impact on the environment. Which is why we work hard to minimise waste and reduce energy as much as possible when creating beautifully designed, high quality homes for people to enjoy.
Responsibly sourced materials
- We purchase materials which reduce carbon emissions in our supply chain and make use of recycled content to reduce waste and raw material use.
- 99.9% of our timber procured through central timber agreements is responsibly sourced, minimising deforestation*.
- We always try to minimise our impact on the local and wider environment as much as we can so we use thermal and acoustic insulating materials and other substances that have a Zero Ozone Depletion Potential and low or zero Global Warming Potential. This means that no harmful materials are used in their manufacture**.
- We work with suppliers who have or are working towards ISO14001 - the world’s most established standard for environmental management
As well as this, the kitchen cabinets provided by Symphony, one of our kitchen suppliers, are made from a range of 49% - 100% recycled materials and they have replaced over 4 million plastic corner protectors on our deliveries with sustainable alternatives.
The result of all of this, and many more innovations from us and our suppliers, our new homes are not only comfortable for you but they also minimise the impact on our planet too.
Innovative and comfortable new homes
One of the ways we ensure that we remain environmentally aware is by reducing carbon intensity across many aspects of our business including our offices, travel and building sites.
The way we handle waste on site plays a big part in ensuring high standards of sustainability. The reduction, reusing and recycling of waste largely attributes to us being one of the most responsible developers when handling our on-site waste. In fact, 95% of all our waste is reused or recycled rather than ending up in landfill^.
As a partner and Chair of the Supply Chain Sustainability (Homes) School, and Chair of the School’s Home Group, we encourage all our suppliers and subcontractors to join. Over 150 of our central suppliers are currently registered. This means they can work towards improving the sustainability of their own business. Whether that’s by gaining free access to training and information, or support and encouragement to work together with us to solve challenging sustainability issues. We also support UK businesses, sourcing 90%^ of our materials from the UK alone, reducing the environmental implications of import and shipping.
All our efforts not only contribute towards creating innovative and comfortable new homes but also reduce the impact upon the environment.
*Either Forestry Stewardship Council approved or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification approved. These are certification systems that enables us to identify and purchase wood from sustainable, well-managed forests.
**Zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) refers to the amount of ozone depletion caused by a substance. Global Warming Potential (GWP) refers to the ability of a greenhouse gas to trap extra heat in the atmosphere over time compared to carbon dioxide.
^Barratt Developments PLC 2021 Socio-Economic Footprint