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Corporate Responsibility

Case Study - Laing Homes

Clients can play a vital role in driving sustainability. It is often their desire to build an exemplar development in terms of sustainability that drives resource efficiency through all the stages that follow.

Clients can have a major influence in areas such as:

  • setting targets and benchmarking
  • contracts and partnerships

Langley Park in Beckenham is one of Laing Homes’ largest housing developments.

Key features

  • Contractual controls - the project environmental plan incorporated waste minimisation and sub-contractors’ obligations
  • Waste amounts recorded and different waste streams kept separate for easier re-use and recovery
  • Re-use of materials from demolition
  • Efficient storage of re-usable products, e.g. timber pallets returned for re-use
  • Staff training and awareness
  • Use of standard dimensions to reduce potential for waste

Facts and figures

  • Recovery of 500 000 roofing tiles from demolished buildings for re-use
  • Re-use of 40,000 tonnes of demolition spoil as sub-base
  • Total cost savings of £525,000 (3.5% of project costs)
  • £480,000 saved from re-use of roofing tiles and demolition concrete
  • Waste disposal costs reduced by £600/housing unit - mainly from rigorous segregation of different wastes rather than waste reduction

A large range of case studies can be found at www.envirowise.gov.uk