Offsite construction specialist, Caledonian, has been named ‘Developer of the Year’ in the annual New Energy Awards, which recognise the highest levels of commitment to alternative sources of energy across the industry spectrum. Caledonian picked up the prestigious prize for its innovation and contribution to sustainability and reduced carbon emissions in the modular building sector.
The 2012 New Energy Awards were presented on the 29th March at the Science Museum in London. This was a fitting venue for an event that rewards innovators and adopters of ‘new’ energy solutions, from Smartphone technology developers and major retailers such as Marks and Spencer to companies like Caledonian, which puts sustainable manufacturing and construction at the heart of its business operations.
Mal Culverwell, Caledonian’s Environmental Manager, comments: “We are very proud to have won this Award which reflects our hard work and commitment to maintaining good environmental practice in everything we do. It marks an important step in the right direction as the construction industry strives towards its ultimate goal of zero carbon building.” As a result of winning the ‘Developer of the Year’ category Caledonian was also nominated for ‘Company of the Year’ – a significant achievement in these national Awards.
Offsite modular construction is widely recognised as a highly sustainable method of building, utilising carbon-efficient design and manufacturing methods that minimise waste and involve fewer site deliveries. At Caledonian, 25% of module components are from recycled sources, and 96% of factory waste is diverted from landfill by recycling through a MRF (Material Recycling Facility), re-using or converting to energy through a RDF (Refuse Derived Fuels) plant. The company has achieved ISO14001 status and has previously been a finalist in both the WRAP awards and Building Magazine’s ‘Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year’.
In addition to achieving excellent environmental standards in its own operations, Caledonian buildings are designed to deliver high energy efficiency in ongoing use, from schools and hospitals to hotels and residential apartments. Typically, buildings achieve air tightness results below 3m³/m²/hr and modules are designed and built to meet enhanced insulation requirements. Even after their useful life, modular design also enables maximum re-use and recycling of materials at deconstruction stage. Modules can be lifted out of position and returned to the factory to be deconstructed into constituent parts or to be refitted for re-use.