Resource Efficiency

BAM is committed to using natural resources responsibly to reduce our impact on the environment. We continue to use WRAP’s Resource Management Plan and now all our projects develop a bespoke strategy to ensure they are designed and constructed efficiently, by minimising the quantity of materials used and avoiding waste. By the end of 2015, we've reduced construction waste by 45% since 2006.

Ultimately we want to have a positive impact designing out waste through construction and over the lifecycle of a building. We continue to work with suppliers and the wider industry to develop circular economy approaches which maximise the value of materials and minimise waste.

Reduction in construction
waste since 2006

Collaborative Working

We work hard to engage the whole supply chain, from designers through to subcontractors and materials suppliers, to reduce the production of waste at source through better design, improved packaging and better control of materials on site. We have been rolling out design for resource efficiency workshops, working with clients and design teams to do this at the earliest stage possible on projects.

Where waste is produced, we monitor the quantities and rather than sending it to landfill, we divert it to waste centres that reuse, recycle or recover energy from these waste materials. 

When we are designing buildings we aim to specify materials with recycled content as well as those that will reduce water and energy consumption. 


Continual Waste Reduction

Over a three year rolling period, we continue to reduce waste per £1m turnover. In 2015 the average reduced to 118m³/£1m. This reduction in material waste equates to a direct saving of more than £10m since 2006.

As one of the original signatories to WRAP's ‘Halving Waste to Landfill by 2012’ commitment, we were proud to achieve this goal two years ahead of schedule. Subsequently we have pursued our own target to achieve zero non-hazardous waste to landfill. The proportion of all our waste diverted away from landfill now stands at 91%, compared to 80% in 2010.

Construction waste production-
normalised m3/£1 million

Managing Water Use

Our normalised water consumption in 2015 was 104m³/£1m. This is a reduction in consumption of more than 20% since 2010 when we consumed 132m³/£1m.

Reduction in water use since 2010

Thought Leadership

As an industry leader in resource efficiency, we see our sustainability responsibilities extending beyond our own business. We are currently advising on the proposed British Standard BS 8895: Designing Out Waste, and we sit on the Green Construction Board and London Waste and Recycling Board's circular economy working groups. 

We are working with our supply chain to encourage a greater focus on resource efficiency. For instance, we have partnered with the Supply Chain Sustainability School to run workshops on circular economy principles and their application to buildings and infrastructure. 

Construction waste production -
absolute m3 (including diversion from landfill)

Our Commitment

Our past corporate targets have well and truly focused on reducing the construction waste that we have the most influence over, and we are proud to have collected several years of robust construction waste data to measure the performance of projects. This shows construction waste is reaching a plateau. While there is more work to be done to reduce waste on site, we recognise the whole lifecycle impact of buildings is where we need to focus in the future. Therefore we are working with clients, suppliers and peers to facilitate the step change we need to drive resource efficiency. For instance, we are one of 16 partners working on the 'Buildings as Material Banks' EU Horizon 2020 project, which hopes to catalyse a move to circular buildings. Find out more and get involved here.

BAM Construction waste breakdown

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