A joint initiative from the Carbon Trust and the Strategic Forum for Construction has urged builders across Britain to take measures to reduce CO2 emissions by 200.000 tonnes per year. A spokesman for the initiative claims that site cabins are a major source of CO2 and waste energy because of poor insulation and lack of heating controls.
Overall the savings to the industry would be £45 million in electricity and water bills. David Vincent, the Carbon Trust’s director of projects, said: “As much as 25 per cent of the carbon reduction target can be achieved – and tens of millions of pounds saved – by putting an end to the wasted heat and lighting from thousands of site offices across the country.”
Although a trend is growing for building contractors to use modular buildings rather than the traditional site cabins, these too can be insultaed to prevent the loss of heat and needless waste of fuel.