Innovation is really important to us at Cruden Building. We make it our place to know about cutting edge technology and designs for the markets we operate in. We work closely with industry leading designers and sub-contractors to keep ahead of the game across the industry, both in terms of product and design, as well as methodology and process. And, we’ll keep going, as it’s what allows us to deliver unrivalled results for our clients.
All of our clients’ needs are different. That’s why we don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach to projects. We engage external designers on a project-by-project basis to ensure the appropriate range of experience and skills for the job, as well as to retain a design freshness and currency.
Cruden C4S Design Solution
The most significant design innovation we’ve led recently has been the development of the Cruden C4S design solution. This allows us to meet the most demanding performance specifications for thermal efficiency, air quality management, energy management and efficiency, low running and maintenance costs for the home users.
We were proud to be involved in the 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes Village as part of the City Legacy Consortium. From the beginning, we recognised that the ever-increasing demands for CO2 reduction in construction, development and usage of homes had a huge variety of potential solutions, all of which were driven by each manufacturer’s specific agenda. As we had deliberately chosen to be a constructor not a manufacturer, this allowed us to look at all of the market solutions and develop Cruden C4S, which is in effect, a ‘Fabric First’ solution. In essence, we embed all of the required performance elements into the design and construction, eliminating the need to incorporate complex technical solutions that impact the home users.
This ease of use and low maintenance cost, matched with the drive to reduce energy demand and lower energy bills by the properties, was a key driver in this approach. We wanted to help address the diminishing utility resources heading into the future, whilst reducing carbon emissions ahead of targets. We’re proud that thanks to our innovations, we were certified Environmental OHSAS18001 and Energy Management BS50001 Accreditations, and this was recognised nationally by CBRL being awarded THE Most Innovative Contractor in the UK 2016.
The good news is – we future-proofed our C4S design. As targets for improvement increase, we have the dynamic flexibility built in to C4S to increase insulation performance, retain air quality management, whilst adding sustainable energy generation. We achieve this through a number of appropriate solutions such as Photovoltaic Solar Panels, Solar Thermal water heating, Air Source Heat Pumps, District Heating, Combined Communal Heat and Power solutions utilising environmental fuel sources. All of these sustainable Low and Zero Carbon Generating Technologies (LZCGT) are covered through our PAS2030 MCS Accreditation and the ‘science’ involved in all of these incorporated into the overall specification.
CBRL & BRE Retrofit Lab Investment & App
Our Innovation and product development is not limited to new build, we have also invested in looking at how Fuel Poverty can be tackled effectively to meet Government Targets in CO2 emissions, but more importantly to help reduce fuel bills for the most financially vulnerable members of our communities.
In partnership with BRE Scotland we invetsed in and built a new traditional 1940’s 4-in-a-block home and designed and developed incorporation of a range of technologies which could be installed to improve efficiency but with two distinct differences to most other approaches. Our experience has been brought to this project by understanding that there are properties which will remain occupied during any works and also that not all residents or owners would wish or be able to take part in any property upgrades.
The solution was to develop a range of alternative ways to significantly improve the energy efficiency performance tailored to deal with each of these varying circumstances and construct these to act as a living working model at the BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig.
The second challenge was to develop a tool as a ready reckoner showing how the knowledge gained could be applied to all tenures, accupation status and existing condition of homes, the solution was to create a downloadable App for use on smart devices to facilitate making this available toa ll and through this investment and European Investment through BRE Scotland we have been able to make this absolutely free to all.
The rationale behind this is to maximise the access to information to help all property owners from individuals to Public Landlords make more informed beneficial cost effective choices when improving property.
The joint project was awarded a Special Commendation by The Saltire Society in 2015
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Innovating with waste
Waste management isn’t always a very visible innovation within construction. However, with Zero Waste Scotland, our main construction waste recycling partner and our supply chain, we created a three-tiered approach to waste management.
We reduce waste at source through efficient design, packaging reduction and uplift for recycling by our supply chain.
Treatment of any surplus excavation by designing to reduce this. Then re-using elsewhere or treating to remediate, all to prevent depositing waste at landfill sites.
Segregation of any waste generated through construction for removal and recycling. All of the construction by-product is now 100% recycled from Cruden Building sites with any non-recyclables processed into RDF (Refuse Derived Fuel) pellets for energy production.
We’re proud that we were ahead of the curve environmentally and undertook many of these innovations including introduction of Site Waste Management Plans well before any legislative implementations. This is recognised through our BS 14001 Environmental Accreditation.