Environmental and Quality

Environmental and Quality

Areas of focus

  • NZEB buildings
  • Quality control
  • Carbon reduction initiatives

We will continue to plan, design, build and market high-quality homes at scale across Ireland. As we do so we must constantly be evolving to meet the diverse and changing needs of our customers and stakeholders. We will continue to refine our standards to take advantage of emerging technologies, more efficient production processes and sustainable materials.

NZEB buildings

Glenveagh is continually innovating our design, operations and materials principles to push further beyond current building regulation to ensure our environmental plan is central to all developments in the business. For example, we are now focused on "beyond-NZEB (Nearly Zero Energy Building)" standards in the product we are delivering. The holistic approach we take to our overall development process includes improved insulation measures, airtightness detailing, greater quality of materials used, and the use of renewable technologies in our homes, such as a heat pump. We use heat pumps as standard as a renewable source of energy production in our homes. This is an environmentally sustainable form of energy generation while also offering a convenient system of heating the home for our consumers. All houses and apartments delivered by the Group in H1 2020 had a BER rating of [A3] or better.

Quality control

Quality control is integral to how we procure and run our sites. Some ongoing initiatives include:
  • High-risk materials such as stone, concrete, block, and mortar are certified at source with additional random sampling and testing carried out in the field
  • All materials are sent to design teams for approval prior to use and must carry a DOP or CE mark.
  • As part of our ongoing training and development, we provide Building Control (Amendment) Regulations (BCAR) training for all of our employees involved in this process and quality assurance training in relevant departments.

Carbon reduction initiatives

Greenhouse gas emissions data

2019

2018

Scope 1 GHG emissions - combustion of fuelTonnes CO2e2,6731,917
Scope 2 GHG emissions - market basedTonnes CO2e8078
Total Scopes 1 and 2 - market basedTonnes CO2e2,7531,995
Emissions per €1 million of revenue for the periodTonnes CO2e/€1 million of revenue10.015.5
Glenveagh is continually innovating our design, operations and materials principles to push further beyond current building regulation to ensure our environmental plan is central to all developments in the business. For example, we are now focused on "beyond-NZEB (Nearly Zero Energy Building)" standards in the product we are delivering. We use heat pumps as standard as a renewable source of energy production in our homes. This is an environmentally sustainable form of energy generation while also offering a convenient system of heating the home for our consumers. The holistic approach we take to our overall development process to include our insulation measures, airtightness detailing and quality of materials results in our homes deriving their considerably reduced energy demand solely from a renewable generator, the heat pump. Glenveagh understands that we are uniquely positioned to be a leader in environmental sustainability for the construction industry in Ireland. To achieve this, we embed in the business, greater awareness and training, accountability and responsibility in our actions and measuring and reporting of our progress to ensure sustainable environmental targets are achieved. Environmental initiatives in 2020, included
  • implementation of ISO 14001 that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system
  • engagement with an environmental agency to establish a verified carbon dioxide emission of the business
  • procurement of a software package to assist with energy data management and to support more consistent and accurate carbon data capture
Carbon reduction projects included a strategy to move towards electric vehicle usage within the business, associated mileage reduction and establishing a baseline for the carbon footprint. Also, Glenveagh works with accredited waste recycling services to ensure that our targets for reduction in landfill and increase in recycling targets are achieved.

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