The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlights the urgency of today’s environmental issues. It confirms we are in a climate emergency, with human activity the unequivocal cause. And the built environment is a key contributor to the increase in greenhouse gases contributing to the rise in temperatures globally.
As part of our ongoing efforts to operate more sustainably, we’ve broken our strategy into three categories:
Look within first
It starts with getting our house in order by focusing on our internal processes and practises. First is measuring and reviewing our current emissions and limiting our waste production both in offices and on our sites. We’re upskilling our entire team about how we can integrate sustainable practices throughout our organisation and build a culture more in touch with our environment and it’s needs.
A great example is the principles behind a circular economy – reduce, reuse, recycle. Our 2023-2025 company wide initiative has all our projects focussed on all three aspects and we are measuring the impact to track progress.
Support our clients
Our construction solutions team focuses on helping our clients hit their own sustainability targets. This starts at the beginning, with our Pre-Construction team offering realistic, quantified sustainable design options during design development phases. The greatest impact occurs when we capture the opportunities and design them in upfront.
Mainbrace built the first 6-Star Green Star shopping centre. We’re proud of our record in achieving Green Star and NABERS environmental ratings on dozens of projects, including Woolworths Prestons Shopping Centre, Bunnings Leppington and the Home Co Development at Rouse Hill, NSW.
However, our outlook extends beyond ratings. We’ll work alongside our clients to find feasible sustainable options, including building dematerialisation and careful material choice.
Given the uncertainty and cost of acquiring materials in current conditions, our emphasis on limiting material consumption will have dual benefits in affordability and sustainability. Our collaborative processes will see subcontractors and suppliers working together to make sustainable options viable. Together, we will make a bigger impact.
Innovation encourages fresh thinking, with the goal of developing ideas that benefit the industry. We look to partner and collaborate with professionals who align with our vision. Our teams embrace change and seek out opportunities every day.
We hold bi-annual workshops in each of our offices seeking new pitches and ideas focused on innovation, change and sustainability. We search for viable ideas we can bring to life.
Two examples include:
Recyclable Hoardings – with options for internal hoardings that can be reused and are totally recyclable.
Skip the Bin – a practical application of the circular economy in which surplus on-site material can be made available to local businesses instead of sent straight to landfill.