PREMIUM MEMBERS CASE STUDY: John McAslan and Partners. Realising sustainability objectives.

Case studies and blog posts – Friday, July 20th, 2018

A capital contribution from the Camden Climate Fund will save John McAslan and Partners an estimated £500 and 2305 kg in carbon emissions a year.

John McAslan and Partners (JMP) is an architectural and design firm based in Euston, with a further small studio in Edinburgh and overseas project offices in Sydney. With expertise in master-planning, design, development, implementation and post-completion, they serve projects nationally and internationally. They are assembled around particular markets such as education, culture, commercial, residential and urban infrastructure with a focus on landscape, heritage and conservation.

Sustainability path

JMP recognises that concern for the environment should be an integral and fundamental part of the business. They are aware of the impact of their day-to-day operations on the environment hence; they aim to balance the need to achieve their business goals with an effort towards sustainable environmental improvement.

They have been ISO14001 accredited for many years. Their environmental objectives for 2017 included: energy efficiency, for which they upgraded old boilers; improve recycling and reduce paper waste through awareness raising amongst staff and technology support such as setting default double-sided print on most office IT programs. At the same time, their architects include sustainability at the heart of their designs.

JMP and the Camden Climate Fund (CCF)

As part of their environmental improvement plan for 2017, JMP identified the need for replacing old boilers as an opportunity for reducing their business’s carbon emissions as well as local air pollution. In the search for support to do this, they heard about the Camden Climate Fund through the CCCA. They successfully applied for a grant and replaced the boilers at the beginning of 2018.

The Camden Climate Fund has encouraged our business to invest in replacing our old boilers. This easy to apply for match-funding initiative played a key role in our decision, and capacity, to implement this long due upgrade, that not only will reduce our carbon emissions and contribute to reducing local air pollution, as the boilers are much more efficient, but will have an impact on our bottom line. We are very impressed with the communications and support received from colleagues dealing with the fund.

John McAslan
McAslan and Partners’ CEO

Key achievements

New boiler models are more efficient and therefore better for the environment. They use less energy to heat the water, meaning less use of natural resources such as gas and oil, and fewer CO2 emissions. The Energy Saving Trust estimates that replacing a G-rated boiler with an A-rated boiler and a full set of heating controls equate to a reduction of carbon dioxide of 1,500kg per year

Installation of the new boilers has also prompted conversations around the need of identifying further opportunities to reduce CO2. To achieve this, JMP joint the CCCA as premium members and have recently started to monitor their carbon footprint with the support of the Alliance’s colleagues.

John continues:

The CCCA has been a good source of information for us. The networking events and presentations we attended have increased our confidence and gave us new ideas to inform our sustainability objectives and maintain the ISO14001 accreditation (which is business critical for us).

What is next
  • Get started and really get to grips with their carbon footprint monitoring
  • Continue developing their sustainability objectives for the practice
  • Achieve transition to the new version of ISO14001 and recertification in 2018
  • Continue working with the CCCA to identify further opportunities to realise our sustainability commitments.

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