Driving sustainability in construction, with ISG

19 March 2018

Driving sustainability in construction, with ISG

ISG’s innovative approach to reducing the production of onsite waste has featured in an in-depth article published by Construction Manager magazine.

The feature explores what the construction industry can do to reduce plastic waste, and pursue a more sustainable model for reuse and recycling.

Head of sustainability for fit out and engineering services, Peter Kelly, highlighted the techniques ISG is using to drive innovation, and reduce waste throughout its supply chains and projects. 

One such innovation involves the trial of a returnable plastic crate, developed in collaboration with metal ceiling tile manufacturer, SAS, to transport a variety of tiles on a project in London, a switch which removed the need for 4,200 wooden crates with plastic sheet wrapping. 

“We had to carefully work out the logistics to ensure the crates are palletised and returned,” Peter says.

“SAS invested time and energy into creating the crates, working with the subcontractor installing the tiles and with our construction teams to ensure they understand the importance of what we trying to achieve and how to manage it.”

Following a successful trial, ISG is now looking to roll out the crate more widely across the business, a feature which Peter hopes could inspire similar sustainability innovations from other areas of the industry.

“We really feel this could drive other manufacturers to change when they see the innovation that’s come from one of their rivals,” he says.

The article, which dovetails perfectly with ISG’s positive sustainability performance last year, as outlined in its Sustainability Report 2017, also highlights that ISG is set to sign up to the UK Green Building Council’s Circular Economy programme, a new two-year programme of research and testing set up to clarify the application of circular economic principles on real estate and construction projects.

Peter commented: “It’s really cutting edge and all about challenging traditional contractual solutions and procurement routes, and finding practical solutions.”

Follow the link to read the full article, How can construction kick its plastics habit?, which can be found at constructionmanagermagazine.com. Please note the article may only be available for registered users.