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									  Environmental Policy


  Environmental                                                                                                  OXFORD ARCHITECTS




  OXFORD ARCHITECTS understand the impacts that the               M
                                                                •		 onitoring	our	works	and	measuring	performance.	We	
  practice could have upon the environment during the            are	committed	to	ensuring	that	controls	set	down	in	our	
  course of our works. We are committed to achieving             working	procedures	are	implemented	at	the	operational	
  good environmental performance at all times,                   interface;
  regardless of the size or type of works that we
                                                                  I
                                                                •		 dentifying	opportunities	for	continually	improving	
  undertake, which means:
                                                                 our	methods	and	materials	in	order	to	reduce	both	
  •		 ssessing	our	environmental	impacts	for	significance	
    A                                                            environmental	impacts	and	to	improve	our	expenditure.	
    and	implementing	an	Environmental	Management	                We	recognise	that	there	is	room	for	improvement	in	all	
    System	to	manage	those	impacts;                              of	our	operations;

  •		 eveloping	objectives	and	targets	annually	to	manage	
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                                                                •		 mplementing	changes	to	our	system	and	applying	new	
    our	environmental	impacts	and	implementing	site	             innovations	to	realise	identified	improvements.	
    practices	based	upon	these	objectives;
                                                                The	Practice	will,	to	support	this	policy,	operate	an	
  •		 omplying	with	all	relevant	legal	requirements	and	
    C                                                           Environmental	Management	System	developed	to	meet	
    other	requirements	such	as	industry	standards.	We	also	     the	requirements	of	International	Standard	BS	EN	ISO	
    look	to	work	in	accordance	with	accepted	best	practice	     14001:2004
    and	implement	solutions	to	improve	the	environments	
                                                                The	Partners	have	made	a	commitment	to	review	and	
    we	operate	in;
                                                                improve	all	practices	within	the	organisation,	in	line	with	
  •		 reventing	pollution	that	arises	from	our	activities	or	
    P                                                           the	requirements	of	ISO	14001:2004.	The	Partnership	will	
    those	we	operate	with.	We	seek	to	minimise	the	impacts	     ensure	that	legislative	compliance	is	maintained	at	all	
    of	our	operations	on	the	environmental	and	local	           times.	Ensuring	good	environmental	practice	is	promoted	
    community,	in	particular	those	impacts	associated	with	     throughout	the	business.	
    noise,	dust,	vibration	and	public	nuisance;

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  •		 aintaining	commitment	from	our	staff	and	partners	
    to	reduce	environmental	impacts.	We	will	provide	
    training	to	those	having	an	influence	or	control	on	
    environmental	control	measures,	and	in	addition	raise	
    awareness	across	our	business,	encouraging	others	to	
                                                                Charles Webster
    come	forward	with	new	ideas;                                Partner/ Designated Member




March 2010 Issue 1
  Sustainability Statement


  Sustainability                                                                                                 OXFORD ARCHITECTS


  Introduction

  Oxford Architects LLP recognises that buildings have an       Objectives	
  enormous impact on the environment. The Partnership
  recognises this impact and accepts its responsibilities to    We	have	developed	Sustainable	Design	Aspirations	based	

  the environment in pursuit of its own business activities     on	the	following	key	sustainable	priorities,	which	are	

  and in the professional advice given to clients.              aligned	with	government	principles.	By	applying	these	

  We recognise our responsibility to promote the                principles	it	helps	us	to	manage	our	environmental,	social	

  sustainable use of the world’s valuable                       and	economic	responsibilities	and	bring	added-value		

  natural resources.                                            to	our	clients.	

                                                                •	 	Sustainable	site	planning	including	reducing	the	
  Statement                                                        impact	on	ecology

  The	Partnership	will	pursue	policies,	practices	and	design	
                                                                •	 Water	efficiency
  solutions	to	help	create	a	more	sustainable	environment.	
  The	contribution	of	all	members	of	the	Practice	is	           •	 Minimising	energy	use
  considered	to	be	essential	to	the	achievement	of	
                                                                •	 Specifying	sustainable	materials	and	reducing	waste.
  improved	sustainability	and	environmental	performance.	
  The	Partnership	is	committed	to	briefing	the	client	on	       •	 	Improving	the	quality	of	the	internal	and	external	
  sustainable	and	environmental	issues	and	working	to	             environments
  enhance	the	quality	of	the	built	environment.
                                                                This	Policy	is	a	working	document,	which	reflects	
                                                                the	current	practice	with	regard	to	sustainability	and	
                                                                environmental	issues;	it	is	reviewed	annually	to	reflect	
                                                                current	initiatives.	All	partners	and	staff	are	expected	
                                                                to	follow	the	guidelines	and	to	contribute	to	their	
                                                                development	and	implementation.	The	Practice	aims		
                                                                to	continuously	improve	its	environmental	performance.




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                                                                David Grundy - Partner/Designated Member




March 2010 Issue 1
  Sustainability Statement Design Aspirations


  Sustainability                                                                                                    OXFORD ARCHITECTS




  Sustainable Site Planning                                      Sustainable Use of Water
  •	 Consider	building	location	and	orientation                  •	 	Water	efficient	soft	landscaping.	Use	low	maintenance	
                                                                     design	and	drought	resistant	species.
  •	 	Consider	the	density	of	the	development	and	
     connections	to	the	local	community                          •	 	Reduce	use	of	water	by	considering	rainwater	
                                                                     harvesting	and	grey	water	systems.
  •	 	Encourage	use	of	sustainable	transport	through	
     provision	of	appropriate	faculties	such	as	good		           •	 	Reduce	the	need	for	water	by	incorporating		
     cycle	storage	and	provision	of	changing	facilities/	            low	water	usage	appliances.
     showering	etc.

  •	 	Protect	existing	trees	and	habitat	and	consider	setting	   Energy Use
     aside	wildlife	areas	for	the	future
                                                                 •	 	Maximise	the	use	of	natural	daylighting	and		
                                                                     positive	solar	gain.
  •	 Considered	design	of	open	space	to	improve	amenity.
  •	 	Encourage	the	use	of	SUDS	where	possible	and	reduce	       •	 	Make	best	use	of	passive	strategies	such	as	thermal	
                                                                     mass	and	solar	shading.
     the	areas	of	hard	impermeable	paving.

  •	 	Consider	light	pollution	from	the	site	when	               •	 Exploit	the	potential	for	natural	ventilation
     considering/affecting	lighting	design.
                                                                 •	 Avoid	air-conditioning	where	possible
  •	 	Minimise	water	run	off	by	limiting	the	extent	of		         •	 	Exceed	insulation	standards	required	by		
     ‘
     	hard’	landscaping                                              Building	Regulations	

  •	 Consider	the	use	of	ponds/	lakes	to	improve	amenity.        •	 Specify	low	energy	lighting	
  •	 	Be	aware	of	the	pollution	likely	to	be	produced	from	      •	 	Encourage	and	support	the	client	in	the	use		
     building	operations.		Find	out	about	local	watercourses	        of	renewable	energy.
     and	make	contractor	aware	of	chemical	pollution		
     i.e.	run	off	from	compound,	etc                             	

  •	 	Limit	extent	of	construction	site;	protect	existing	
     trees	and	areas	of	site	not	used	directly	by	contractor/
     finished	development




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  •	 	Create	external	environments	with	both	visual	and	
     environmental	benefits	e.g.	deciduous	trees	for	
     summer	shading

  •	 	Developments	should	invest	in	landscaping,	
     environmental	amenity	and	respect	neighbouring	sites.

  •	 	Ensure	space	is	available	for	the	collection	and	
     recycling	of	waste



March 2010 Issue 1
  Sustainability Statement Design Aspirations


  Sustainability                                                                                                        OXFORD ARCHITECTS




  Sustainable Materials and                                        Indoor Environmental Quality
  Minimising Waste                                                 •	 	Controllable	and	flexible	natural	ventilation-	a	range	of	
  •	 	Where	possible	exploit	the	potential	of	existing	               window	sizes	and	opening	options	available	to	users.

     buildings	/	structures	on	site
                                                                   •	 	Maximise	the	use	of	low	VOC	emitting	materials	
  •	 	Designers	should	aim	for	‘lean’	construction	by	                –	Areas	where	you	might	look	for	alternatives	are	

     avoiding	over-specification                                      adhesives,	sealants,	paints,	carpets	and	smooth	sheet	
                                                                      flooring	and	composite	wood	products.
  •	 Make	best	use	of	possible	re-cycled	building	materials
                                                                   •	 	Controllability	of	natural	and	artificial	lighting		
  •	 	Consider	using	building	materials/forms	of	                     (eg	blinds	and	switching)
     construction	that	lend	themselves	to	re-use	once	the	
     building	is	obsolete                                          •	 Maximise	both	daylight	and	views	within	the	building.

  •	 	Consider	the	cost/energy	consumption	of	construction,	
     e.g.	excessive	excavation/	removal	of	spoil	from	site,	
     transport	energy,	etc

  •	 	Use	sustainable	materials	with	embodied	energy		
     (See	Green	Building	handbook	in	library	for	material	
     energy	advice).	

  •	 	Avoid	ozone-depleting	chemicals	in	manufacture	and	
     operation	of	the	building

  •	 	Ensure	that	wherever	possible	timber	is	obtained	from	
     sustainable	sources	as	set	out	by	CITES	(Commission	
     on	Independent	Trade	in	Endangered	Species)

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  	 	 he	government	have	confirmed	through	DEFRA	that	
     four	certification	schemes	demonstrate	timber		
     and	wood	products	come	from	legal	and		




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     sustainable	sources.	These	are:

  	 FSC	-	Forest	Stewardship	Council

  	 CSA	-	Canadian	Standards	Association

  	 PEFC-	Programme	for	Endorsement	of	Forest		                	
  	 Certification	schemes

  	 SFI-	North	American	Sustainable	Forest	Initiative




March 2010 Issue 1
  Environmental Management Statement


 Environmental                                                                                                      OXFORD ARCHITECTS

  Introduction

  Oxford Architects LLP recognises that its business             •	 	Use	biodegradable	chemicals
  activities have an impact on the environment. The
  Partnership recognizes this impact and accepts its             •	 Source	sustainable	products	for	office		
                                                                 	 fixtures	and	fittings
  responsibilities to reduce the negative impact of these
  activities on the environment.                                 The	Policy	is	a	working	document,	which	reflects	the	
                                                                 current	practice	with	regard	to	environmental	issues;	
  Process                                                        it	is	reviewed	annually	to	reflect	current	initiatives.		
  The Partnership will pursue policies to reduce its negative    All	partners	and	staff	are	expected	to	follow	the	
  impact on the environment. The contribution of all             guidelines	and	to	contribute	to	their	development	and	
  members of the Practice is considered to be essential to the   implementation.	The	Practice	aims	to	continuously	
  achievement of improved environmental performance.             improve	its	environmental	performance

  The Partnership is committed to:                               This	Policy	is	a	published	document	and	forms	the	basis	
                                                                 for	our	environmental	management	system.
  •	 Continuous	improvement.
  •	 	Education	of	employees	in	environmental	issues		
     and	the	effect	of	our	activities	on	the	environment.	

  •	 	The	monitoring	of	progress	and	the	regular	review		
     of	environmental	performance.

  •	 	Recognition	of	relevant	environmental	legislation	as	a	
     minimum	standard.


  Objectives
  The	Partnership’s	overall	environmental	objectives	can		       Charles Webster - Partner/Designated Member
  be	summarised	as:	-

  •	 Reduce	carbon	emissions	from	transport
  •	 Increase	recycling




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  •	 Minimise	waste
  •	 Minimise	use	of	water
  •	 	Minimise	use	of	energy	for	heating,	lighting		
     and	office	equipment




March 2010 Issue 1
  Environmental Management Statement


 Environmental                                                                                               OXFORD ARCHITECTS

  Specific Actions

  Process                                                   Minimise	use	of	energy	for	heating,	lighting		
                                                            and	office	equipment	
  Continuous	improvement		                                  •		mplement	emerging	efficiency	measures	for	premises	
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  •		 ndertake	to	improve	performance	in		
    U                                                         including	turning	off	equipment	at	night,	improving	
    each	of	the	objective	areas.                              efficiency	of	heating	systems,	increasing	insulation.

  Education	of	employees	                                   Use	biodegradable	chemicals	
  •		 ndertake	environment	training	as	part		
    U                                                       •		 leaning	materials	to	be	sourced	which	have	low	
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    	 f	our	training	policy.			
    o                                                         impact	on	the	environment.

  The	monitoring	of	progress	                               	Source	sustainable	products	for	office	fixtures		
  •		 ndertake	an	annual	review	of	performance		
    U                                                       and	fittings.	
    in	each	of	the	objective	areas.                         •		 onsider	environmental	impact	of	purchases	such	as	
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                                                              paper,	paint,	carpet,	chairs,	desks	etc	and	choose	less	
  Recognition	of	relevant	environmental	legislation	as	a	
                                                              damaging	products.
  minimum	standard		
  •		 onitor	environmental	legislation	and	record		
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    required	performance	to	ensure	it	is	being	met.




  Objectives
  Reduce	carbon	emissions	from	transport		
  •		 ncourage	cycling,	car	sharing	and	use	of	public	
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    transport	for	journeys	to	and	from	work	and	site

  •	Carbon	offsetting	for	business	flights.
  Increase	recycling	
  •		 ecycle	paper,	cardboard,	plastic,	glass,	metal,	
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    batteries,	toner	cartridges.




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  Minimise	waste	
  •		 educe	the	use	of	disposable	commodities		
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    e.g.	paper	plates,	cups,	excessive	paper	copying.

  Minimise	use	of	water	
  •	Offices	to	reduce	WC	cistern	capacities.




March 2010 Issue 1
  Environmental Management Statement Audit


 Audit                                                                                                          OXFORD ARCHITECTS

  Introduction                                      Annual Review Date 16 June 2010


  In line with the requirements of our Environmental           Recognition	of	relevant	environmental	legislation	as		
  Management Policy Oxford Architects LLP monitors             a	minimum	standard		
  performance in realising the objectives stated               •	 	Monitor	environmental	legislation	and	record	required	
  in our policy.                                                 performance	to	ensure	it	is	being	met.

  The audit process makes recommendations for increased        Last Period – Partner in charge to monitor legislation.
  performance in relation the Environmental Management         No systematic approach.
  Policy Specific Actions and monitors the success of the      Future Actions – Create systematic approach to
  past period in meeting those recommendations.                monitoring legislation and implement.


  Specific Actions
                                                               Objectives
                                                               Reduce	carbon	emissions	from	transport		
  Process                                                      •	 	Encourage	cycling,	car	sharing	and	use	of	public	
  Continuous	improvement		                                       transport	for	journeys	to	and	from	work	and	site.	
  •	 	Undertake	to	improve	performance	in	each	of		              Alternatives	to	flying	to	be	given	priority.
     the	objective	areas.
                                                               Last Period –Bike Purchase Scheme implemented.
  Last Period – Carry out audit and publish on website.        Future Actions – Distribute information on car sharing,
  Completed 16 June 2009.                                      bike routes and public transport to partners and staff.
  Future Actions – Next audit 15 June 2010.
                                                               •	 Carbon	offsetting	for	business	flights.
  Education	of	employees	
  •	 	Undertake	environment	training	as	part	of		              Last Period –No action in last period.

     our	training	policy.			                                   Future Actions – Partners to commit to paying offsetting
                                                               supplement if flying cannot be avoided.
  Last Period – Policy explained at induction of new staff.
  Future Actions – Refresh staff knowledge of policy and       Increase	recycling	

  audit. Email to all staff with link to website.              •	 	Recycle	paper,	cardboard,	plastic,	glass,	metal,	
                                                                 batteries,	toner	cartridges.
  The	monitoring	of	progress	
  •	 	Undertake	an	annual	review	of	performance	in		           Last Period – Paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, metal,




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     each	of	the	objective	areas.                              batteries, toner cartridges all recycled amounting to
                                                               approximately 66% of waste.
  Last Period – Carry out audit and publish.                   Future Actions – Room monitors to be responsible for
  Completed 16 June 2009.                                      maintaining high levels of recycling to be nominated.
  Future Actions – Next audit 15 June 2010.                    Investigate feasibility of recycling milk cartons or move
                                                               to glass bottles.




March 2010 Issue 1
  Environmental Management Statement Audit


 Audit                                                                                                             OXFORD ARCHITECTS

                                                       Annual Review Date 16 June 2010


  Minimise	waste	                                                 Source	sustainable	products	for	office	fixtures		
  •	 	Reduce	the	use	of	disposable	commodities	e.g.	paper	        and	fittings.	
     plates,	cups,	excessive	paper	copying.                       •	 	Consider	environmental	impact	of	purchases	such	as	
                                                                     paper,	paint,	carpet,	chairs,	desks	etc	and	choose	less	
  Last Period – No actions taken in last period.
                                                                     damaging	products.
  Future Actions – Reduce use of plastic cups for
  dinking water.                                                  Last Period – No actions taken in last period.
                                                                  Future Actions – Partner in charge to develop schedule of
  Minimise	use	of	water	
                                                                  products with more sustainable options identified.
  •	 Offices	to	reduce	WC	cistern	capacities.
  Last Period – No actions taken in last period.
  Future Actions – Introduce water limiting devices in
  existing wc cisterns.

  Minimise	use	of	energy	for	heating,	lighting	and		
  office	equipment	
  •	 	Implement	emerging	efficiency	measures	for	premises	
     including	turning	off	equipment	at	night,	improving	
     efficiency	of	heating	systems,	increasing	insulation.

  Last Period – New heating boilers fitted.
  Future Actions – New thermostatic valves to radiators.
  Room monitors to ensure electrical equipment is
  not left on standby.

  Use	biodegradable	chemicals

  •	 	Cleaning	materials	to	be	sourced	which	have	low	
     impact	on	the	environment.

  Last Period – No actions taken in last period.
  Future Actions – Partner in charge to discuss with




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  cleaning company.




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