Placing Environmental Concerns at the Heart of Everything We Do
21 July 2017
Here at David Salisbury, whilst we have invested heavily over the years in the very latest, cutting-edge manufacturing techniques and machinery, we have never lost sight of the importance of the natural environment.
Starting with the most important material we use in the construction of our solid wood extensions: timber. Our painted range is made from Siberian Larch or Sapele, timbers chosen specifically for their durability and suitability as a building material. Whilst our Oak buildings are constructed from premium quality oak, the longevity of which goes without saying. We are able to supply a range of FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) certified products sourced from responsibly managed forests. In addition we can supply a range of PEFC (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) certified products sourced from sustainably managed forests.
Everything we produce in our factory, whether it be a single window or a substantial orangery, produces some degree of wood waste as a by-product. The great news is that every single piece of waste timber is used within our biomass boiler and heating system. This not only provides heating for our entire manufacturing site, it also assists in our paint drying process. Biomass heating is completely carbon neutral and there is now none of this type of waste going to landfill (a further environmental gain).
Reusing our waste timber is not the only form of recycling we undertake. Our business philosophy is guided by the principle of recycling wherever we can. Examples of this include everything from product packaging from materials we buy in through to used printer cartridges and waste paper.
Producing heat is not the only form of renewable energy that we have invested in. Whilst solar panels on residential properties might not be to everyone’s taste, we think they make a lot of sense in an industrial context. The solar installation on the roof of our production area now produces at least 20% of our annual electricity – whilst the offset from this renewable generation is a substantial 88,000kg reduction in our carbon footprint.
As our factory operates for 18 hours a day, lighting is clearly another area to focus our environmental policies and processes on. We are currently working our way through a wholesale switch to LED lighting. Not only does this form of lighting typically use 85% less electricity than traditional/conventional forms of lighting, the bulbs also require replacing far less frequently (a further reduction in cost and waste).
So whilst we continue to develop our business and market leading quality of our products, we will maintain the importance we place on environmental issues at the heart of everything we do.