How we conduct our business is as important as our business itself. At QD-SBG Construction, corporate sustainability means our commitment to creating long-term value for our shareholders, for our environment and for our society through innovative business solutions.
To do that we must act purposefully and proactively to conduct business in a way that protects, preserves and respects the environment, embraces, supports and encourages our employees, and gives back to our local communities. Our commitment is ambitious yet an attainable strategy to generate maximum value.
Our business is construction. The very nature of our work means we consume natural resources, we produce waste and we disturb the natural environment. But we do it in a way that has social, environmental and economic benefits. We believe that working closely with the owners and design consultants gives us the greatest opportunity to ensure an environmentally responsible construction process.
We are committed to the ongoing identification of carbon emission reduction strategies across our jobs and in our offices. Carbon emission reductions are currently achieved through the use of alternate-fuel corporate vehicles and construction equipment, fleet reduction, local material procurement, on-site renewable energy production, on-site material manufacturing such as concrete batch plants and the re-use of waste products such as flyash in our concrete mixes.
All offices have active waste recycling programs. Job-site recycling is initiated where required by the owner or the jurisdiction or when cost savings are available. Waste management creates jobs in new markets, extends the life of our landfills by reducing the amount of waste, may reduce the cost of new materials made with recycled content and in some cases contributes to significant reductions in carbon emissions from the extraction of raw materials. We are committed to recycling efforts, which leads to significant saving in:
Our ability to impact the sustainability of the upstream material suppliers and the downstream users is often limited by our clients’ choices. When possible we procure local materials. This reduces the carbon emission for transport and supports the local economy. Building materials with recycled content are used to reduce waste, reuse existing materials, reduce the use of virgin raw materials, and save the expense and emissions from extracting or harvesting raw materials.
In our offices and on our jobs we are protecting the indoor air from pollutants and contaminants that may cause immediate and future problems. On our green construction projects we use construction materials that meet standardized testing limits for volatile organic compounds and urea-formaldehyde content. Tobacco smoking is prohibited indoors. Our Safety Policy outlines the use of temporary ventilation and restrictions for air-polluting work during normal work hours.
We are committed to building and operating sustainably.