The Natural Choice for the Environment
Natural daylight is the most abundant, sustainable natural energy resource available to man. Brett Martin Daylight Systems specialise in the provision of daylight solutions to maximise the transmission of natural light into buildings to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings through the use of natural light energy. The company takes it’s environmental responsibility seriously and has attained the environmental standard ISO 14001.
“Natural Daylight is our business. A completely sustainable resource, natural daylight also substantially reduces the carbon footprint of a building by reducing the need for artificial lighting.”
Environmental Standard ISO 14001
Brett Martin Daylight Systems attained ISO 14001 status in 2007 and has been steadily improving operations as part of an ever-increasing commitment to sustaining the environment. Such commitment has seen Brett Martin Daylight Systems reduce its risk level from medium to low with the IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control) permit issued by Coventry City Council.
The company has been proactive in putting in place a number of environmental initiatives on site to reduce waste, improve fuel, energy and water consumption.
Among the environmental initiatives Brett Martin has put into practice at its factory in Coventry are replacing the timber pallet packaging of its factory-assembled insulated rooflights (FAIRs) with recycled ECOpac honeycombed cardboard.
This is not only easier for customers to dispose of but also reduces the amount of timber used every year by 500 tonnes. The company also re-uses inbound cardboard boxes to send out tapes and sealants.
Some 110 tonnes of landfill per year are also being saved by improving quality control procedures to reduce the amount of GRP waste created by the manufacturing process and recycling the film used in it.
Using formed rather than stock lengths of the steel underlap strips in its factory-assembled insulated rooflights (FAIRs) has also reduced the amount of waste steel by 28%, or 13.5 tonnes per year.
The environmental impact of transport has also been significantly improved by reducing waste vehicle movements on site by 33% and by upgrading the delivery truck fleet, which has better fuel consumption levels and less polluting engines. The amount of time spent with engines idling has also been dramatically reduced by 75%.
Energy Action Teams have been involved in mapping energy usage across the site, identifying areas for improvement and drawing up and implementing Energy Action Plans.
In addition, the company has reduced water usage by 30% and is also recycling chemical drums that used to go to landfill.
A comprehensive employee-training programme has raised awareness of environmental issues and the segregation of waste. Teams have also been trained to deal with spills containment.
Brett Martin maps energy usage across the site and has established an ongoing energy saving programme but its green activities don’t stop at Coventry - new insulating films have been introduced that improve the U-values of rooflights, enhancing the green credentials of not just the company but its specifiers and end users too.