The CLAD initiative concluded on Monday 7th November. A day designed to bring many more members on board the Carbon Literacy Trust’s (CLT) education drive to mobilise more action in high carbon contributing industries with a global community of almost 44,000 graduates.
The construction companies committing to the CLT movement with Hattrick included sustainable timber panel manufacturer, Medite SmartPly; world energy leader, GE Capital; and Passivhaus architectural firm, Architype.
Hattrick’s one-time offer to take shortlisted ASPB members through the training for free, in support of CLAD, attracted a number of sustainable SMEs including Smet Building Products, Cleveland recycled steel solutions, Sisaltech green fibre insulation and Edward Bulmer natural paint.
As ASPB members these firms are already clearly invested in bringing environmentally better solutions to market and the discussion throughout made clear that impressive in-roads are already being made.
Sisaltech, for example, is embracing true circular economy thinking by adapting its business model to use waste rather than virgin materials. The company now uses post-production wool waste from the Harris Tweed and wool carpet making industries. As well as sisal fibre obtained from shredding coffee sacks that otherwise would have gone to landfill.
It was also interesting to hear of the challenges faced along the way and, more so, the opportunities, the group felt, that could be pursued through collaboration.
A call for greater transparency was a common theme across the two half day sessions. The small team behind Northern Ireland’s Smet Building Products has invested heavily in EPD certification for its new flooring product baseTherm®.