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Riding the green wave

22 Nov 2011
Riding the green wave

"We have a very strong ‘green’ business ethic and this is of utmost importance to us when sourcing our materials," Nichola Smith, Collinson

Energy efficiency has moved off the desirable list and on to the essential list for terminals looking for temporary structures - and manufacturers have been quick to respond.

The Collinson design encompasses a heavy duty architectural membrane cover which, when uninsulated, allows natural daylight to permeate the building. This cuts down on the need for additional lighting, with concomitant lower running costs, resulting in an appreciably reduced carbon footprint. In addition, the buildings can be insulated where required and also made fully airtight, enabling efficient temperature and humidity control.

“We have a very strong 'green' business ethic and this is of utmost importance to us when sourcing our materials,” says marketing manager Nichola Smith. “The unique structural nature of our buildings, combined with the natural daylight system, means that not only is construction very fast, but fewer materials are needed. Post-completion, the building is therefore more cost-effective to run than a traditional building. When taken together, these factors significantly reduce the overall environmental impact. It’s paramount to us that we act responsibly as a business.”

Mahaffey tents were environmentally sustainable long before there was a "green" movement, says marketing manager Beth Wilson. The company's structures are also 100% recyclable and can be “re-purposed” after their initial use.

“Our rental products, in effect, are inherently good for the environment, as they are the ultimate form of reuse and recycle. The fabric, for example, is washed and cleaned using the company's water-conserving washing machine and is then immediately ready for the next application,” she says.

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