At Bereco we are continually pushing both our business and the products we make to the leading edge in being more sustainable.
We have identified 6 core areas key to our business based around the guiding principles of sustainability that we aim to deliver ongoing improvement in.
We commit to continue to use only 100% renewable electricity and carbon neutral gas to power our offices in the UK from 2018 onwards.
We continue to use only 100% renewable energy to power our offices. This commitment means we are lowering our carbon impact by around 3,500 tonnes of CO² which is equivalent to the work of around 1,770 trees capturing and storing the carbon from our atmosphere annually.
We are constantly seeking to improve the energy saving potential of our timber windows and doors over and above the requirements of the building regulations in the UK.
Double glazing has been key to improving the thermal efficiency of windows and doors in our homes in the UK over the last 30 years. Bereco wood windows and doors offer soft coat low ‘e’ argon filled double glazed units as standard. Compared to standard double glazing with air filling just 20m² (the amount in an average 3 bedroom semi home) of Bereco’s soft coat low ‘e’ argon filled double glazing with warm edge spacers can save the equivalent of 1522kW/h or £212 per year on your electricity bills.
We commit to providing transparency on the carbon footprint of both our business operations and of our product.
We are pleased to say that we completed our first Cradle to Gate analysis of our timber sliding sash window and our first Environmental Product Declaration that has given us an insight into the environmental impact and life cycle of our sash window product in the following areas;
- Global warming potential (CO2e)
- Non-renewable resource consumption
- Energy consumption
- Water consumption
- Waste reduction
We continue to develop our plans in this area and aim to declare the Carbon Footprint of our products and our business by 2021.
Healthier Happier Homes
We endeavour to use only natural materials in the manufacture of our windows and doors; and that they seek to reduce the risk of health issues associated with noise and sleep deprivation.
We continue to look to reduce the amount of ‘other materials’ that make up our windows and doors such as vents, weather strips; hinges and ironmongery the objective that we use only materials that can be recycled or reused. In 2018 we set up an environmental working group focussed on the task of eliminating plastic from our products and our supply chain and joined the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP) and The Good Homes Alliance (GHA) in an effort to find solutions to this problem.
We continue to be committed to this cause and will review our supply chain annually for any innovation from our supply chain. It is estimated that 54% of the UK population is exposed to day time noise pollution greater than recommended levels, which given the potential health impacts, is concerning. Research is available linking traffic noise to health issues such as cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke and dementia, with people living near airports having an ever-greater increased risk of such conditions.
Bereco’s Ambient Range of Timber Windows and Doors launched in October 2018 offers the solution to reducing the health risks associated with noise pollution offering windows and doors with third party certified overall dB ratings of 33dB, 38dB, 41dB and 42dB.
Packaging & Waste
We aim to reduce our non-recyclable waste by 50% through both business and product development by the year 2022.
Our products are delivered on fully recyclable timber pallets made by our very own sawmill from offcuts of our FSC timber. We will endeavour to collect our pallets on which we deliver where possible in an effort to reuse them for future customer deliveries extending their service life before recycling is necessary.
We continue to seek alternative solutions to our packaging and are pleased to be part of the ASBP’s Plastics Working Group who are looking to identify sustainable, cost-effective alternatives to this problem. This year we have eliminated the single use plastic pots that our touch up paint is supplied in eliminating around 2500 plastic pots from going to landfill each year.
Transport & Vehicles
We commit to ensuring our chosen haulage company, Truswell Haulage complies with all current legislation and seeks to reduce carbon emissions through everyday practices.
The average truck travelling at a motorway speed of 50 m.p.h. burns 50% of its fuel just pushing air out of the way. It is believed that by further improving vehicle “streamlining” or “air management” a reduction in fuel burn and therefore carbon emissions is achievable. Truswell Haulage operate a Truswell “Traffic Planning and Routing Policy” and a Truswell “Fuel and Tyre management Policy” and continually monitor driver performance and driver training in an effort to reduce fuel burn. The government office for Low Emissions Vehicles and Innovate U.K. has sponsored a major research project which sets the challenge to further improve fuel efficiency by various engineering solutions.
A working group of the best and most knowledgeable companies in this field has been formed, Truswell Haulage are extremely proud to have been chosen to provide the critical driving and vehicle specification data that will be used to explore ways to further reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions. The rigid vehicles we deliver our windows and doors are to be used as part of this challenge.
Supply Chain Ethics
We commit to only supply FSC 100% certified timber in our timber windows and doors and to maintain our ongoing FSC chain of custody certification of both our softwood and hardwood, reviewing our supply chain annually.
FSC accredited since 2004 our wooden windows and doors are made from FSC 100% timber. In 2014 we discontinued the supply of European Oak after a review of the supply chain left a question mark over the chain of custody that could not be immediately verified without confidence, we chose to remove Oak from our timber offering. We continue to pioneer and champion the use of only 100% FSC certified timber in the manufacture of our wooden windows and doors.