UMC Architects is an Architectural Practice.
The Practice is committed to providing a quality service in a manner that ensures a safe and healthy workplace for our employees and visitors which minimises our potential impact on the environment. We will operate in compliance with all relevant environmental legislation ensuring we fulfill our compliance obligations, and we will strive to use pollution prevention and environmental best practices in all we do.
The Practice is committed to:
- Integrate the consideration of environmental concerns and impacts into all of our decision making and activities.
- Promote environmental awareness among our employees and encourage them to work in an environmentally responsible manner, e.g. working electronically wherever it is safe and secure to do so while ensuring that all key information is fully and securely backed up.
- Reduce waste through re-use and recycling and by purchasing recycled, recyclable or refurbished equipment, products and materials where these alternatives are available, economical and suitable.
- Ensure responsible disposal of remaining unavoidable waste.
- Promote efficient use of space heating / lighting, equipment, materials and resources including water, electricity, raw materials and other resources, particularly those that are non-renewable.
- Purchase and use environmentally responsible products accordingly.
- Include energy efficiency as one of the selection criteria when purchasing new equipment.
- Avoid unnecessary use of hazardous materials and products, seek substitutions when feasible, and take all reasonable steps to protect human health and the environment when such materials must be used, stored and disposed of.
- Where required by legislation or where significant health, safety or environmental hazards exist, develop and maintain appropriate emergency response procedures.
- Communicate our environmental commitment to Clients and interested parties and encourage them to support it.
- Continually improve our environmental performance and minimise the social impact and damage of activities by periodically reviewing our environmental policy, objectives and management system.
- Use public transport in preference to travel by car wherever it is possible and effective to do so.
UMC recognises that the products of our designs will have far more environmental impact than our own operation therefore we are further committed to exercising our professional skills in such a way as to minimise environmental impact in so far as this is possible within the instructions received from our Clients.
The Practice is committed to:
- Raise the awareness of Clients about sustainability and environmental protection, and help the members of the design team to develop a shared vision of environmental aspirations.
- Encourage the Client to undertake a sustainability and building standard assessment for the project such as BREEAM, Net Zero Carbon or WELL.
- Strive to attain the highest achievable accreditation for any assessment method selected.
- Consider the potential for renewable energy sources locally or on site.
- Ensure as far as possible that building projects are supported by a travel plan that promotes sustainable travel choices through public transport and cycling provision.
- Consider Building Information Modelling (BIM) and off-site construction strategies to promote efficiency.
- Encourage where possible, the protection and enhancement of existing biodiversity on site.
- Make best use of orientation and shape to reduce the need for artificial forms of conditioning.
- Operate a ‘right-first-time’ culture (through our management system) for our production information in order to avoid wasteful site reworking.
- Minimise the use of construction materials, and specify materials and components with the optimum balance between environmental impact, performance and value in use.
- Encourage and improve the material selection and specification by promoting the use of sustainably sourced materials or those which carry Environmental Product Declarations (EPD’s).
- Encourage the use of building services that are inherently efficient and controllable, and are metered to encourage monitoring and management of resource use.
- Ensure that buildings are commissioned fully before handover, and that full operating manuals are provided.