Why we're involved?
Being a relatively small construction company, Woolcock has endeavoured to undertake projects that have a point of difference in order to differentiate ourselves from similar providers. Sustainable and forward-thinking design aligns with this philosophy and provides further opportunity to adapt our construction processes and become specialists in our field.
Resilient design is something that we have sought to achieve through this differentiation. This provides us opportunities to undertake interesting, bespoke designs and advance our construction methods, which is rewarding to achieve and provides us continual professional development. By stepping outside of our comfort zone, we learn new ways to refine our processes for cleaner, more resilient design and construction outcomes. This also supports our decision to adopt KESAB clean site practices on this project; to illustrate the importance of industry relationships and education, and also the pride and respect we have for our construction sites and neighbouring properties.
How we're assisting in resilient built environments.
We have actively engaged with innovative projects that allow us to deliver quality, at varying scales of affordability. Due to our willingness to be active in the design process, we can save our clients’ money, and increase performance of their buildings by including energy systems that add value to the design.
We also take ownership of on-site waste, keeping sites clean, and working to reduce materials; within our buildings we look at ways to minimise detailing that and find improved efficiencies for our clients. We feel that our actions promote our integrity and the pride we have in our buildings/sites.
Although educating about the importance of residential and commercial building performance is a slow process, we feel we are making a difference to our clients and providing healthier environments. Through being upfront in reviews, making simultaneous reflections while working with priorities of budgets and value, and by responding to feedback from clients about how the building operates once occupied, we are helping to drive the attitude of sustainability.
Adding health and amenity for the user.
We are continually seeking opportunities to create more comfort within design for the occupants of our developments. The internal environment is important to us and our strategy to work with the performance of the building is vital to this consideration. We are always looking to increase value for the client and these are measures we employ to achieve this.
It goes without saying also that with clean sites and appropriate contractor relationships we are able to achieve a high level of waste management and reduce risks of contamination for the natural environment.
Empowering owners choices.
Our dialogue is open with our clients from the beginning, such that we can present them with sustainable options and measures that can contribute to the performance of their building, enabling them to make informed choices.
We negotiate with the consultants on the behalf of owners to avoid over engineering. This ensures areas that are less efficient in spatial planning can be otherwise utilised to contribute to performance. We aim to educate while we’re working on efficiently building houses with minimal waste of construction materials.