Environment and Energy

Through its strategic focus on energy and the environment, Kruse Smith has ambitions to develop ever better methods and models for environmentally friendly buildings and construction.

  

Energy-efficient buildings

Energy-efficient buildings

Reducing energy consumption is vital to limiting emissions of greenhouse gases. There is great potential for savings in Norway, both in terms of ensuring that new buildings are as energy efficient as possible and, not least, improving the existing building stock.

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Norwegian Green Building Council

Norwegian Green Building Council

Kruse Smith is a member of the Norwegian Green Building Council. NGBC works to ensure that Norwegian buildings achieve high environmental standards through use of the BREEAM environmental certification programme.

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Climate platform

Climate platform

Kruse Smith is in the process of developing a dedicated climate platform. Among other things, this work involves drawing up climate accounts linked to our own operations and energy consumption.

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Handling waste and chemicals

Handling waste and chemicals

The construction industry produces large quantities of waste. We sort at least 60% of the waste at our building sites by source, so as to make best possible use of material and energy resources. Waste plans and final reports from our projects are collated so that we can draw up overviews of waste volumes and results for sorting waste by source. This enables us to monitor trends in this area.

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Chemicals that are hazardous to health and the environment

Chemicals that are hazardous to health and the environment

Kruse Smith carries out risk and substitution assessments with a view to replacing products that contain substances hazardous to health and the environment. We make use of tools such as BASS, the building and construction industry's substance index, to fulfil the requirements associated with use of chemicals at building sites.

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