The investment in a precast shop is one of the initiatives taken by Atherton-based Ash Integrated Services to reduce its carbon footprint, its director said.
Antony Grace said Initiated that the electrical services company has invested in a prefabrication workshop at its head office.
Grace said this, in addition to improving health and safety, has “dramatically reduced” vehicle travel to and from its sites.
He said the company is also making sure its team avoids rush hour whenever possible and aims to employ people who live locally.
Encouraging office staff to work from home also has a “positive impact” on reducing their carbon footprint.
Ash provides a combined electrical, plumbing and heating solution, reducing customer stress by providing a single point of contact.
He works on programs across the UK in sectors such as education, hospitality, commercial real estate, housing and manufacturing. Its work ranges from new developments to complex grade II listed buildings.
It also offers a variety of renewable technology programs, including photovoltaic panels, electric vehicle charging stations and hydrogen boilers.
The company employs 30 people, including four apprentices, with recruitment plans in place due to the increase in work in renewable energy.
And Grace said a constant consideration among all of her public and private sector clients is the desire to optimize resources while reducing their carbon footprint.
âIt is fair to take this into account, because for example, the heating often works 24 hours a day in hotels and for long periods in most schools, and the implementation of a technology such as a unit Heat recovery, which can recycle waste heat, can dramatically reduce fuel bills while reducing the carbon footprint, âhe added.
âMuch of our work relates to renewable energies, both in mechanical and electrical engineering. Our customers are open to all solutions, including the installation of car charging stations, photovoltaic panels, plasma heaters and underfloor heating.
“We are also noticing a sharp increase in upgrading existing infrastructure to ensure services are running as cost-effectively and environmentally as possible.”
Grace also said Ash always invests in technology and its people to ensure that customers can work towards achieving their carbon goals with a solution that is as “scalable” as possible.
He said this involved working closely with a manufacturer to develop and implement a highly efficient hydrogen heating engine for use in domestic and commercial properties.
Ash is also considering investing in electric vehicles for his mechanical and electrical engineering maintenance work.
Grace said: “We will seek to make our entire fleet electric as soon as the car charging infrastructure in the North West is adapted to ensure that there is a low risk of participating in reactive calls and ’emergency.”
Looking ahead, Grace said government action on charging infrastructure could facilitate the company’s action.
He added: âThe lack of charging infrastructure prevents us from investing in an entire fleet of electric vehicles. A clear roadmap and date for change will really help us in our planning and implementation.