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Sustainable Healthcare Construction

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Sustainable Healthcare Facilities

We understand that Hospitals and NHS Trusts have a mandate to consider socially responsible routes for the construction of new facilities.

Our no-compromise attitude to quality and our ‘Factory-first’ approach to construction provides a number of sustainability benefits; not least in terms of operational performance and the manufacturing process itself.

A modular healthcare facility from ModuleCo will provide real sustainability benefits, both during its construction and its operation, assisting in the drive towards the NHS achieving a net zero carbon footprint.

Net Zero Healthcare Construction

We are able to offer Net Zero Healthcare Facility Construction to the NHS and Private Healthcare sector.

In addition to our minimum statutory requirements, we have completed a Carbon Footprint report in accordance with ISO 14064, verified by British Standards Institute.

The calculations within the report included all significant scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions for the financial year ending 31st March 2021, and used the applicable DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) conversion factors. 

This enables us to provide our clients with the carbon footprint associated with their state-of-the-art healthcare facility in tCO2e (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) for the materials consumed in the manufacturing process.

Our verified methodology gives our client confidence that the figures produced are a true reflection of the carbon generated in the process of their healthcare facilities’ construction.

The carbon footprint report also highlights how efficient and sustainable our operations already are but also the areas we can continue to improve and reduce our impact on the environment. This report has also led to internal change allowing us to challenge practices, generate ideas and develop reporting processes to ensure sustainability continues to drive our innovation.

‘Net Zero Healthcare Facility Construction’ is only made possible through our unique approach to off-site construction – ‘Factory-first’. We have pioneered a product-based assembly process, manufacturing up to 90% of each our healthcare facilities in our factory. ‘Factory-first’ gives us complete control over the construction process where materials consumed, waste produced and, therefore, emissions produced are tightly manged in a controlled manufacturing environment.

Operationally Efficient Healthcare Facilities

Our modular facilities offer industry-leading thermal transmittance and air permeability performance. This allows for a comfortable healthcare environment, whilst, importantly, significantly improving the efficiency and sustainability of the building by reducing heating and cooling requirements.

Our drive to build sustainable facilities goes beyond floors, walls and ceilings. We ensure all of our architectural features provides the same benefits and are of a specification appropriate for the particular project requirement (e.g. PV panels).

The design of our facilities seeks to reduce solar gains to avoid excessive cooling in summer months through façade and glazing design and specification. We aim make use of natural ventilation wherever possible, whilst achieving the clinical functionality in areas where this is required.

Our sustainable buildings use natural daylighting as much as possible, especially in high occupancy areas. The specification of energy efficient lighting fixtures and LEDs where possible is also something that we promote.

To encourage responsible water usage, we consistently specify water efficient fixtures that use less water whilst still satisfying performance requirements.

In line with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, SBEM energy modelling is carried out on the facilities we provide to assess at the design stage the energy performance and to ensure we implement changes as necessary.

BREEAM and LEED Accreditation

Although not a requirement on every project that we deliver, we are experienced in achieving both BREEAM and LEED Accreditation. 

We recently delivered the first LEED Gold accredited Laboratory in Ireland using the latest version (V4).

We have worked with Trusts in the past to achieve BREEAM ratings. Our four-theatre operating suite provided to the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust achieved a ‘very good’ BREEAM rating.

Socially Responsible Construction

Having the vast majority of assembly activities completed in our controlled factory environment offers greater control over construction, reducing waste and constructing sustainable modular buildings.

Our detailed QA process is completed at all stages of manufacture, assembly, delivery and installation, helping to highlight where we can further reduce errors and waste.

We operate with an established supply chain of delivery partners who we carefully monitor and manage so as to minimise waste with repeat orders carefully scheduled for known elements and standard components. Design and procurement are carefully considered to avoid the waste of materials that can be associated with traditional on-site construction or site fit-out of empty modules.

We target procurement of materials which have a high proportion of recycled material content and are themselves recyclable. Any new materials we introduce are assessed against the Greenspec to understand the resource demand, embodied energy, recyclability, and toxicity against the functional demands of in-life use.

The steel we use for our sustainable modular buildings contains at least 25% recycled content and we use steel fabricators local to our assembly facility in the Forest of Dean which reduces transport of components further down the supply chain. Our insulation and flooring also contain recycled materials, which along with our steel structures are recyclable themselves.

Professional waste management companies are employed to dispose of our waste in the most sustainable and efficient way possible.

As a group, we currently recycle over 90% of our waste and continue to drive innovations to improve further on this; Healthcare construction projects typically achieve 90-95% recycling of project waste. We are committed to further reduce any manual handling of waste, compact the waste streams and minimise the waste we send to landfill.

We are also proud to hold current ISO14001 certification and we continue to work towards further improvements and accreditations.

Corporate Environmental Responsibility

As a Group, our aim is to minimise the environmental implications of all of our business activities. We are committed to doing this through:

  • Ensure employees, workers and contractors act in accordance with this policy and the Group’s Environmental Management System
  • Ensure all employees and workers have the relevant competences to fulfil their environmental responsibilities
  • Consider environmental opportunities in our products and services
  • Ensure that pollution through accidental emissions or effluent discharges are prevented
  • Reduce waste and material usage ensuring unavoidable waste is reused or recycled, wherever possible and in all other cases disposed of responsibly according to legislative requirements
  • Monitor and seek to reduce resources usage
  • Ensure the environment performance of our suppliers is assessed and that buying decisions take into consideration environmental impacts
  • Ensure compliance with relevant legislation, directives and regulations
  • Set and monitor environmental objectives and targets and continually strive to improve our environmental performance
  • Foster a sense of responsibility for the environment amongst our employees and workers
  • Use recycled and recyclable materials wherever feasible