What we do to care for our Environment..
Trace can truly claim that its Sustainability and Environmental objectives are fully aligned with the services it offers in designing and installing solutions that:
• Extends the usable life of buildings by converting unusable properties or areas within properties into habitable environments.
• Provide these solutions for all types of buildings and uses, from domestic to office, retail to hotel, car park to sports hall, etc and for all sizes of properties.
• Increases the volume of the current national housing stock without the need for new build properties.
• Frees land capacity for more starter homes and social housing.
• Uses the most environmentally friendly materials to achieve these objectives, with Trace working with its suppliers to develop even better materials.
Trace Basement Systems will continue to develop our business, ever mindful of the impact it could make on the environment and society.
We will continually monitor our activities to ensure that the most environmentally safe chemicals are used in the pursuit of our business as far as is reasonably practicable. We will do this in consultation with our suppliers and operatives.
Managers will constantly monitor our ecological impact, set reasonable targets to protect the environment and monitor their success. We will do this by examining waste disposal systems, methods of using chemicals, and will always be aware of the effects on wildlife. Management will always endeavour to ensure that every survey considers the effect of the environment before the work starts and that employees are briefed on the hazards to the environment before they commence work.
For example, where hazardous water based products are employed, the containers are washed out with water, which is then stored and employed in a future mix for use within a property. Where such methods are not viable (i.e. non-water based hazardous products), we treat all containers as controlled waste, which is safely stored at our office and passed to a licenced third party company specialising in the safe and correct disposal of controlled waste. We would be interested to know whether this is common practice for others within our industry.
We will endeavour to purchase environmentally friendly substances wherever possible and will welcome suppliers whose activities are compatible with our policy for protecting the environment. Those responsible for purchasing will be briefed on our policies and will be expected to make purchases biased on environmental impact rather than price, wherever possible.
We will adhere to environmental legislation and guidance whilst continually improving our contribution to the protection of society. Employees will be regularly reminded of their responsibilities to the environment through toolbox talks.
A Note on Waste & Waterproofing Failure:
Much of what we do involves remedying failed waterproofing systems, where they were either incorrectly designed or installed in the first instance. Consider the cost in materials and energy associated with manufacturing and installing a waterproofing system, then finishing the basement, only for water penetration to occur then.
In many cases localised repair is not viable to provide a robust fix and so often the remedial work involves fully stripping out a basement, installing a second waterprooing system then refitting out the basement.
This is a massive cost in many ways and not just financially. It it far better to ensure that such problems do not occur in the first place, but this will continue until it is the norm that specialists undertake structural waterproofing.