Steel is recyclable and is being promoted to designers because it is sustainable and an environmentally friendly form of construction compared to concrete. The BCSA promotes sustainability through its Steel Construction Sustainability Charter.
As part of our BCSA & RQSC membership we were audited by the BCSA on sustainability we received Gold Membership Standard for their Steel Construction Sustainability Charter. The criteria required for Gold Membership are as follows:
- A published sustainability policy
- Monitoring of progress towards sustainability using specific management targets
- A programme of involvement with their local community on social issues and with the steel construction community generally
- An accredited H&SMS to OHSAS 18001 or H&S management as an integral part of a QMS accredited to BS EN ISO 9001
- IIP accreditation or a structured programme for personnel training, development and communication
- A published equal opportunities policy
- A published ethical trading policy
- An accredited EMS to BS EN ISO 14001
- Use of environmental impact assessment for process improvement
- A policy to manage energy and vehicle fuel usage in the business
- A policy to question whether suppliers have published sustainability policies
- An accredited QMS to BS EN ISO 9001
In recent times, the larger construction projects are now coming from clients who are looking for sustainable forms of construction and for contractors which operate in a “sustainable” manner.
We have completed projects that have scored highly on BREEAM standards such as Pallas Foods, Kerry Foods GTIC and Guinness Brewhouse at St James’ Gate, Dublin for Diageo.