HOUSEBUILDERS HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT UPON THE ENVIRONMENT, BOTH ON THE COMMUNITIES IN WHICH WE OPERATE AND ON THOSE FURTHER AFIELD >>
Housebuilders have a significant impact upon the environment, both on the communities in which we operate and those further afield that are affected by the sourcing and manufacture of the materials we use.We have a responsibility to minimise adverse impacts on these communities and we take steps to protect and enhance the natural environment in ways that are consistent with upholding shareholder value.
Climate change poses a massive threat to the world's environment and its inhabitants. We can and must play our part to minimise emissions and maximise energy efficiency.We take regulatory requirements extremely seriously. In addition,we undertake environmental initiatives that go beyond legislation.The vast majority of these initiatives make business sense in terms of cost savings, efficiency, customer benefits and ultimately increased site value.
GEORGE WIMPEY UKIn the UK, we have a comprehensive and detailed approach to managing environmental issues, as follows:
OF OUR HOMES WERE BUILT TO ECOHOMES STANDARDS DURING 2004
NEW DEVELOPMENTSDuring 2004, we developed and undertook a pilot sustainability survey of our major suppliers. We adapted the survey with the help of supplier feedback and will send the final version to all of our remaining suppliers in 2005.
Also in 2004, we undertook a full gap and cost benefit analysis of gaining ISO14001 accreditation. We found that the main differences between our EMS and the ISO requirements related to the structure and extent of our documentation.We concluded that ISO14001 would provide increased assurance and we are therefore working towards certification.
We conducted a waste management audit of our UK operations.We addressed issues relating to design, procurement,waste contractors, site operations and office waste. We introduced a waste minimisation working group and set objectives for 2005.We will continue to work with Wastefile and other partners on innovative waste solutions.These include Eco-bond, an initiative to turn waste materials into new building products.
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENTWe seek to use environmentally preferable materials from sustainable sources wherever practicable. Our ongoing sustainability survey of suppliers will help us to improve our sourcing practices.
The vast majority of our timber comes from FSC accredited sources or is PEFC certified softwood from Scandinavia or the Baltic states.We are aiming for all of our timber to come from sustainable sources and will continue to explore this issue. For practical reasons we also use a large quantity of MDF and chipboard, which is made from timber residues or off-cuts. Our MDF suppliers are FSC certified and our chipboard suppliers have ISO14001 accreditation.
MORRISON HOMESThe predominant focus for Morrison Homes is compliance with all federal, state and local laws that relate to the environment.We also encourage environmental initiatives at a Divisional level, particularly where these provide customer, community or commercial benefits. The Morrison Homes approach is as follows:
EXAMPLES OF CURRENT PROJECTSThe location of our Divisions and their operations varies from desert to wetlands, which means that we are experienced in tackling a wide range of environmental issues and constraints.
Morrison Homes' Divisions in Dallas and Sacramento take part in the government's Energy Star programme.This evaluates new homes in terms of insulation and energy efficiency.
To receive Energy Star certification, energy efficiency must be at least 30% higher than that of a comparable, conventionally built home.
Our Tampa Division is helping homeowners save money and protect the environment by using grey water for irrigation in their Florida gardens. Instead of using groundwater, 60 homes in the Waterchase community receive safely treated, recycled waste water.
We are currently fitting the same system in 80 plots in our Arista community, so that residents will be able to use grey water if and when the local authority makes it available in the future.In Denver, we build communities near existing or abandoned oil and gas wells.We need to take a range of health, safety and environmental precautions before and during construction. Existing wells involve a no-build zone in case of explosions and other hazards. If the well is abandoned,we follow specific procedures to cap it and produce a detailed environmental report on dealing with contamination.
FUTURE TARGETSIn the UK we have started work towards ISO14001 accreditation and hope to be certified by the end of 2005. Having undertaken a pilot survey in 2004, we will conduct a sustainability survey of the rest of our suppliers in 2005.
Morrison Homes is continuing to work with two major suppliers to introduce environmentally preferable, Freon-free heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems into all our new homes over the next couple of years.^ return to top