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Environmental Policy

Abp Chartered Architects recognises that its activities could impact upon the environment, locally, regionally and globally, through its routine internal operations, and its influence as an architectural professional services provider on the wider community.  It acknowledges a responsibility for, and a commitment to, the protection of the environment at all levels.  It is sometimes difficult to adopt commercially design and management principles to encourage environmental awareness.  Nevertheless, the practice will endeavour, wherever practicably possible, to:

Comply fully with environmental laws, regulations and codes of practice, and set them as the minimum standards for environmental performance;

Increase awareness of environmental responsibilities among staff, clients and companies they are in contact with;

Promote environmental management policies and practices at every level of the services offered;

Minimise waste and pollution and develop and operate environmentally sound waste management procedures;

Continue to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and to incorporate long term strategies for energy efficiency into management and development of the practice, and services offered;

Address its impact on the environment through the adoption of a sustainable procurement policy, and try to conserve resources through efficient use and careful planning and design;

Monitor progress of this policy on an annual basis, and revise it as applicable.

As part of abp architects’ endeavours to reduce waste, we try to deal with most our communications electronically, via the internet, and prefer to use the Planning Portal for all planning applications, and advise our Clients to use Approved Inspectors who are prepared to receive Building Regulations packages via the internet.  

abp architects prefer to send all tender documentation to contractors via the internet.

abp architects have also minimised its manufacturers library and prefers to only deal with manufacturers that have online websites.  abp architects advises any manufacturer or services company that wishes to make contact, to ensure that it is only done electronically.  abp architects, generally recycles paper copies of all manufacturers and services companies catalogues and literature that are sent by post.

Adopted date: November 2008                                                                                              Review date: November 2018