We look to reduce raw material use, increase our use of secondary materials, reduce waste to landfill and allow for pile reuse.
Reducing material use
We recognise the large volumes of materials used and produced on our sites, so have started a number of projects to improve these impacts.
We routinely promote ground improvement solutions as a way to reduce raw material use on site. Ground improvement uses natural or recycled materials to improve ground load carrying capacity. This reduces or completely removes the need for heavy foundations. In turn, this reduces the volume of cement and steel used on site, saving primary resource use, and potentially offering a financial saving to our clients. The reduced need for heavy foundations also reduces the carbon intensity of the overall project.
As well as addressing our use of raw materials, we are also keen to reduce waste. Of all the geotechnical solutions we offer, our jet grouting solutions have traditionally used the most water and created the most waste spoil. Our research and development teams have, therefore, been trialling ways to monitor and reduce these impacts. Using a combination of filter chamber presses, centrifuges and shale shakers, we are now able to reduce the volumes of waste water and spoil produced on jet grouting sites.
As well as reducing the cost of waste disposal, this has the added benefit of reducing the number of trucks required to transport materials off site. This reduces congestion around our sites, improving air quality and reducing our impact on the local community.
We also have a number of ongoing research projects looking to use alternative materials for jet grouting. Building on the success of our Halocrete® and Neutrogel® innovations, we are developing other, non-toxic, low-carbon grouts for other geotechnical purposes.