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    EAL Consult’s Environmental Policy and Commitment

    EAL Consult champions energy efficiency and sustainability in buildings. It is committed to minimising its own environmental impacts and those of its clients’ projects in a responsible way.

    EAL Consult’s Mission

    To help develop lifetime comfort and security, encourage natural, affordable, energy efficiency and to nurture the establishment of sustainable legacies. Resources are finite and if we all participate we can make our world a more sustainable one. It makes economic sense to reduce energy consumption and use renewable technologies that are carbon friendly. Property becomes more marketable and buildings become a more comfortable place to live and work.

    EAL Consult’s Core Values

    • Follow best sustainable practices in our working environment and travel
    • Inspire our clients to engage with new sustainable technologies and practices
    • Inform our clients of their options in a clear, concise, and transparent way
    • Enable our clients to find the most sustainable, as well as the most cost-effective, model for their projects
    • Provide a high level of service and customer satisfaction

    We are also an accredited organisation of the Good Business Charter – recognising our commitment to responsible business practices.

    This environmental policy reflects our business and culture. We aim to manage the environmental impacts of on-site and remote practices by monitoring our carbon footprint and cutting carbon emissions, pollution and waste using effective energy efficiency measures.

    Travel

    • The entire team works remotely
    • The use electric cars for assessment visits
    • Minimising site visits
    • EAL Consult is a paperless organisation – all processes are digital
    • All external meetings and CPD training sessions are virtual
    • All team meetings are virtual
    • Clients and suppliers are encouraged to follow our lead on remote and paperless working
    • Buying from local suppliers to reduce fuel costs

    Waste Reduction

    • We aim to reduce the waste we produce
    • We recycle, and use recycled materials where possible
    • We do not use single-use plastic
    • We operate on-site composting
    • We encourage sustainable workwear for our team

    Water and Energy

    • We champion the efficient use of water and energy
    • The team is mindful of occupancy habits – switching off computers, lights and electrical equipment when not in use
    • We reduce heating temperatures by a minimum of 1 degree Celsius
    • We actively reduce our use of water and minimise waste water

    Biodiversity

    • We maintain an on-site garden with micro wild-flower meadows, a pond, fruit trees, pollinator plants, vegetables, bird boxes, bee and insect hotels and a rainwater tank

    Our Projects

    • We work to reduce our carbon footprint by creating a network of property and building professionals that are local to any given project
    • We provide education and training to our clients, addressing environmental issues and the environmental effects of their activities
    • We promote community engagement, for example providing complimentary environmental guidance and policies for local places of worship

    Our People

    • We prioritise the health and wellbeing of our team, including providing a one-hour lunch break for staff members, birthday day off and flexible working hours.
    • We give our team one day a month of time volunteering for environmental projects and initiatives with charities and other not-for profit groups.
    • We are committed to diversity and inclusion, recruiting and support every member of our team in a way that is supportive and fair.

    Client Engagement

    We encourage our clients to implement sustainable building practices by meeting Future Homes Standard 2025 targets. These include:

    • Using biodegradable chemicals
    • Minimising the use of solvents and lead-based paints
    • Using timber or wood products from sustainable (managed) forests
    • Procedures to minimise noise disturbance to neighbours
    • Maximising the access to daylight and sunlight in buildings
    • Phasing out chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other ozone-depleting substances
    • Efficient use of water and energy
    • Embracing biodiversity
    • Minimising the carbon footprints of projects, staff, and suppliers
    • Considering the life cycle of products and services, and designing them to be as sustainable as possible
    • Buying materials and resources that come from renewable sources
    • Reusing or recycling waste, or passing it on to other businesses to use as a resource
    • Going beyond current legal obligations and anticipating changes to local environmental legislation
    • Making adjustments to project plans to increase sustainability in advance of new legislation
    • Involving employees and other stakeholders in sustainable development
    • Providing training and incentives to employees and other stakeholders to encourage buy-in to an energy and sustainability strategy

    We actively encourage client feedback to help us develop and grow and to support them better.

    Management and Monitoring

    EAL Consult is committed to minimising our impact on the environment. We continually manage and improve our environmental performance through monitoring our progress and reviewing our environmental performance on an annual basis.

    Signed by Mark and Monique Simons, co-founders of EAL Consult

    Last updated October 2023