Contractor of the Year at the CIBSE Low Carbon Performance Awards 2010


Leading national contractor, Wates Construction, continues to be recognised for its environmental performance after being named Contractor of the Year at the CIBSE Low Carbon Performance Awards 2010.

The Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) awards aim to recognise and reward proven achievements in delivering carbon savings and Wates is one such company that has continually demonstrated a commitment to producing aspirational and sustainable buildings.

The Awards judges commended Wates’ continual efforts to benchmark its sustainability and highlighted the company’s waste reduction programme Target: Zero as one of the many innovative initiatives that have been implemented in order to improve environmental performance. Wates’ carbon programme was also noted by the judges, particularly the ambitious target of achieving a 10% year on year reduction to carbon emissions from fleet and energy production.

Wates also works closely with its clients to deliver low carbon buildings and the company’s principles of sustainability were integral to its approach to the new £23m Langley Academy which is set to be one of the most ambitious environmentally designed academies in the UK. It is expected to deliver a 20% reduction in water consumption and a 150 tonnes saving of CO2 per year compare to a traditional academy. Wates worked closely with the design team and supply chain to ensure that all aspects, from orientation and natural ventilation to solar panels and rainwater harvesting, were driven by the commitment to sustainability.

Wates surpassed Laing O’Rourke and NG Bailey to secure the accolade, which was presented at a high profile ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel in London last week. In 2009 Wates was named Sustainable Contractor of the Year by Inside Housing, Major Contractor of the Year by Building Magazine and won a RoSPA Gold Medal for health and safety for the sixth year in succession.

Dave Smith, Wates Group’s Chief Operating Officer commented: “Across the company our employees work tirelessly to reduce the impact of carbon emissions from our activities, to continually assess the carbon footprint of the buildings we deliver and we are also striving to eliminate all non-hazardous waste to landfill by the end of this year. This is fantastic recognition of that work and I can say with complete confidence that all of us at Wates are absolutely thrilled to receive this latest award.”

For more information about the CIBSE Low Carbon Performance Awards click here 


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