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Reducing Our Environmental Impact

Investors in the Environment is a national accreditation scheme designed to help organisations reduce their Carbon Footprint and therefore their impact on the wider community. As a result, businesses are also able to reduce their own risk through lowering their reliance on key raw materials such as oil and gas. Businesses also save money on costs and can attract customers with a strong sense of social impact. To achieve the Green Award, businesses must have an environmental policy that commits to legal compliance and has identified the areas of environmental impact. Alongside this they assign responsibility for environmental action to a key member of staff – known as the Green Champion. They then have to measure at least 6 resources on a monthly basis, including Gas, Electricity, Water and then other resources such as paper, waste, and business travel. Once this is established, they complete a carbon footprint analysis and are expected to set annual reduction targets of at least 2% along with SMART action plans to help them meet their targets. Employee engagement is a key part of the accreditation as it is far easier to achieve the goals set if everyone is working towards them. We ask our members to take part in activities such as zero waste week, green week, and committing to a paperless office. There is also the opportunity to get involved with external activities such as litter picks and volunteering at local nature reserves. They are expected to keep them informed of the impact the joint efforts are having on the overall carbon footprint. Award Night Around 30 people came along to share the success of local businesses who are working to reduce their environmental impact each year. [...]

By | July 26th, 2018|Accreditations|0 Comments

WF Glazing Protection’s Green Award Renewed For 2018

We are delighted to have been awarded the Investors in the Environment Green Award for the fourth year running for our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and for continuous ongoing improvements. Who Are iiE? Investors in the Environment (iiE) are a nationwide environmental accreditation scheme which has been designed to help businesses save money and positively impact the environment by improving their energy efficiency and reducing their negative environmental footprint. They provide all the help, support, promotion and networking needed to make your business greener whilst ensuring that you receive recognition for their green initiatives. Accreditations Available The iiE accreditation scheme has been created to help offer proof that a business has implemented an effective environmental management plan with the goal of reducing their environmental impact. The step-by-step approach within each accreditation level allows businesses to set achievable targets and establish a pathway of continual improvement. To help recognise and reward businesses for their efforts towards becoming more environmentally friendly, the iiE have created 3 different awards: Green Silver Bronze The ‘Green Award’ is the highest achievable level within the iiE and we are absolutely delighted to have achieved this standard for the third consecutive year. As part of our Investors in the Environment accreditation process we have worked with the Woodland Trust to create 250m2 of new native woodland. In time this will absorb at least 10 tonnes of carbon dioxide, helping with our strategy to reduce our business carbon footprint. The Accreditation Process As part of the accreditation process, the iiE completed an onsite audit whilst requiring us to demonstrate an energy efficiency increase of 2% (minimum) over an agreed baseline. How Did We Achieve This? [...]

By | July 18th, 2018|Accreditations|0 Comments

WF Glazing Protection’s Green Award Renewed For 2017

We are delighted to have been awarded the Investors in the Environment Green Award for the third year running for our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and for continuous ongoing improvements. Who Are iiE? Investors in the Environment (iiE) are a nationwide environmental accreditation scheme which has been designed to help businesses save money and positively impact the environment by improving their energy efficiency and reducing their negative environmental footprint. They provide all the help, support, promotion and networking needed to make your business greener whilst ensuring that you receive recognition for their green initiatives. Accreditations Available The iiE accreditation scheme has been created to help offer proof that a business has implemented an effective environmental management plan with the goal of reducing their environmental impact. The step-by-step approach within each accreditation level allows businesses to set achievable targets and establish a pathway of continual improvement. To help recognise and reward businesses for their efforts towards becoming more environmentally friendly, the iiE have created 3 different awards: Green Silver Bronze The ‘Green Award’ is the highest achievable level within the iiE and we are absolutely delighted to have achieved this standard for the third consecutive year. As part of our Investors in the Environment accreditation process we have worked with the Woodland Trust to create 250m2 of new native woodland. In time this will absorb at least 10 tonnes of carbon dioxide, helping with our strategy to reduce our business carbon footprint. The Accreditation Process As part of the accreditation process, the iiE completed an onsite audit whilst requiring us to demonstrate an energy efficiency increase of 2% (minimum) over an agreed baseline. How Did We Achieve This? We worked tirelessly towards our green credentials for a number of [...]

By | August 21st, 2017|Accreditations|0 Comments

5 Reasons To Use a GGF Member Company

We understand the importance of using businesses with a proven record for delivering quality workmanship and we hope that you do as well. Our friends over at My Glazing recently published a blog focusing on the 5 reasons to use a GGF Member company for your home glazing needs and we would like to share this with you. GGF Member companies offer unmatched service, workmanship and peace of mind through unrivalled consumer protection.   If you need new windows, doors, a conservatory or any kind of glazing work done at your home, you’ll most likely need to engage a glazing professional. The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is the leading trade authority representing glazing companies in the UK. Its Member companies work to the highest professional standards and offer excellent consumer protection. Here’s why you should consider using a GGF Member company for your next glazing home improvement. 1. Glazing professionals you can trust All GGF Member companies have successfully passed through a strict vetting process as a condition of attaining Membership status. As part of this criteria, companies must be financially secure, have been trading for a minimum of three years, and their premises, products and employees must be fit for purpose. See more: Why use a GGF Member company? 2. Committed to quality customer service All GGF Member companies comply with the GGF Consumer Code of Practice. This sets out strict requirements regarding their conduct when dealing with homeowners and ensures they comply with all relevant consumer legislation. Covering everything from advertising practices and selling techniques through to contracts and complaints, the GGF Consumer Code of Practice sets the standard for GGF Member companies and guarantees unrivalled consumer protection for homeowners. See more: The GGF Consumer [...]

By | September 6th, 2016|Accreditations|0 Comments

WF Glazing Protection’s Green Award Renewed

We are delighted to have been awarded the Investors in the Environment Green Award for the second year running for our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and for continuous ongoing improvements. As part of our Investors in the Environment accreditation process we have worked with the Woodland Trust to create 200m2 of new native woodland. In time this will absorb at least 8 tonnes of carbon dioxide, helping with our strategy to reduce our business carbon footprint. Who Are iiE? Investors in the Environment (iiE) are a nationwide environmental accreditation scheme which has been designed to help businesses save money and positively impact the environment by improving their energy efficiency and reducing their negative environmental footprint. They provide all the help, support, promotion and networking needed to make your business greener whilst ensuring that you receive recognition for their green initiatives. Accreditations Available The iiE accreditation scheme has been created to help offer proof that a business has implemented an effective environmental management plan with the goal of reducing their environmental impact. The step-by-step approach within each accreditation level allows businesses to set achievable targets and establish a pathway of continual improvement. To help recognise and reward businesses for their efforts towards becoming more environmentally friendly, the iiE have created 3 different awards: Green Silver Bronze The ‘Green Award’ is the highest achievable level within the iiE and we are absolutely delighted to have achieved this standard. The Accreditation Process As part of the accreditation process, the iiE completed an onsite audit whilst requiring us to demonstrate an energy efficiency increase of 2% (minimum) over an agreed baseline. How Did We Achieve This? We worked tirelessly towards our green credentials for a number of months with activities [...]

By | August 4th, 2016|Accreditations|0 Comments

SafeContractor Member or Accredited

SafeContractor does a wonderful job taking the required steps to ensure that companies associated with them are ideally positioned to offer the best possible service to their customers. However, is just being recognised as a SafeContractor member enough to ensure the best levels of service or should you choose business who has taken things steps further by becoming accredited? What Is SafeContractor? SafeContractor is an independent third party accreditation for high standards of health and safety. SafeContractor have taken the time to explain the difference between the available status with them. Please read on to find out more in their own words.   Membership Once you’ve registered and paid, you are an official SafeContractor member, with access to a host of benefits including: Trade discounts Training discounts Free Health & Safety advice Free legal guidance While the perks make your membership valuable; it’s taking the next step and becoming accredited that makes you stand out from the crowd. Why does accreditation matter? Being an accredited SafeContractor means your procedures, policies, training and insurances have been rigorously audited. This takes risk away from your client, making you an attractive contractor. After all, there’s nothing more valuable to your reputation than verified good practice… especially if the HSE knock on your door! As well as the kudos of being SafeContractor accredited, your company will appear in our online client database. Clients use the database to search for approved contractors to carry out work on their behalf - being in this database is key to helping you win more work. For more information relating to the benefits offered to both companies and customers by the SafeContractor scheme, please visit their official site by clicking here.

By | May 26th, 2016|Accreditations|0 Comments

The Importance Of Choosing A Contractor Who Is SafeContractor Accredited

Many UK businesses are coming under increased legal pressure, to hire contractors with verifiable health and safety credentials. Therefore, it is crucial to have a dependable process set up, to establish how your external contractors manage health and safety. As part of this process, you also need to evaluate the merits (or otherwise) of their practices. Who is SafeContactor? SafeContractor is a well known health and safety evaluation scheme. Numerous big organizations use this scheme to maintain and grow their lists of accredited service providers and contractors. Over 22,000 contractors and 220 major businesses are enrolled in this scheme nationwide. SafeContractor is acknowledged throughout the UK as the benchmark scheme for health and safety accreditation. After you sign up to the scheme, you provide SafeContractor with a list of your external service providers. Then, SafeContractor will contact the appropriate providers and invite them to register with the scheme. Once the providers are registered, SafeContractor assesses their health and safety competencies and accredits them, when a suitable standard is reached. Most business owners say that the SafeContractor scheme helps to lower the legal risks to their company. It ensures that every contractor on their payroll is health and safety approved. Also, it is more affordable to pay SafeContractor to manage their contractor lists efficiently. Credible Scheme The credibility of the SafeContractor scheme appeals to many businesses too. Some of the organizations who use it are household brands, with nearly thirty-three percent in the FTSE100. All businesses registered with the scheme receive top notch support, via a dedicated support channel. This ensures that the scheme's implementation is professionally managed. SafeContractor is a versatile service, which covers over 120 working practices. Ensuring Legal Compliance As well as eliminating [...]

By | September 17th, 2015|Accreditations|0 Comments

The Importance of Reducing Carbon Emissions

For the majority of people, the term ‘carbon footprint’ is one that is well known to them. However, do you actually know what it means? What is a Carbon Footprint? A carbon footprint is the over-riding term used to describe the overall amount of greenhouse gas emissions, consisting primarily of carbon dioxide, associated with an organization, event or production. It is one of the most common measures of the effect of an individual, community, industry, or country on the environment. An increase in greenhouse gas emissions, and therefore in carbon footprint, is the primary event associated with climate change that has led to global warming. For more on this please click here. What is the Impact of an Increasing Carbon Footprint? The impact of an increasing carbon footprint relates to the negative effect that it has on the environment. Rising temperatures and moving precipitation patterns are changing the growing patterns of plants and result in indigenous vegetation moving to increasingly cooler climates. Sea levels are rising as the temperature of our planet increases--warmer water occupies more space than cooler water. Rising seas will not only erode shorelines and destroy ecosystems, coastal cities and towns could be displaced by rising seas. For more about UK greenhouse gas emission stats - https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/uk-greenhouse-gas-emissions-statistics Carbon Footprint and Human Health Our increased carbon footprint has the capacity to harm our health. Most at risk are women in agricultural work and children. According to the World Health Organization, climate change is projected to increase the percentage of people in Mali suffering from hunger from 34 percent to at least 64 percent 40 years from now. An increase in malnutrition is caused by the result of climate change on food crops, such [...]

By | June 23rd, 2015|Accreditations|0 Comments

WF Glazing Protection Receives The Green Award

Thursday the 14th May represented a very special day in the history of WF Glazing Protection Ltd as Dave Faulconbridge accepted the Investors in the Environment Green Award 2015 at a special presentation evening. Who Are iiE? Investors in the Environment (iiE) are a nationwide environmental accreditation scheme which has been designed to help businesses save money and positively impact the environment by improving their energy efficiency and reducing their negative environmental footprint. They provide all the help, support, promotion and networking needed to make your business greener whilst ensuring that you receive recognition for their green initiatives. Accreditations Available The iiE accreditation scheme has been created to help offer proof that a business has implemented an effective environmental management plan with the goal of reducing their environmental impact. The step-by-step approach within each accreditation level allows businesses to set achievable targets and establish a pathway of continual improvement. To help recognise and reward businesses for their efforts towards becoming more environmentally friendly, the iiE have created 3 different awards: Green Silver Bronze The ‘Green Award’ is the highest achievable level within the iiE and we are absolutely delighted to have achieved this standard. The Accreditation Process As part of the accreditation process, the iiE completed an onsite audit whilst requiring us to demonstrate an energy efficiency increase of 2% (minimum) over an agreed baseline. How Did We Achieve This? We worked tirelessly towards our green credentials for a number of months with activities ranging from implementing a sustainable procurement policy to eco-driver training and travel planning.  Everything that was implemented led to an overall reduction in carbon emissions of 3.08%. After significant work, we were delighted when we were informed that we had reached the required level and [...]

By | May 20th, 2015|Accreditations|0 Comments

The Importance of the UK Glass and Glazing Federation

Who is the UK Glass and Glazing Federation? This organisation is a body that represents a number of companies that are involved in the making, supplying, or fitting of glazing and glass products in the United Kingdom and all over the world. What Does The GGF Do? Because the UK Glass and Glazing Federation, or GGF, is considered an authority in this industry, the organization makes it their business to promote the very highest standards. In fact, the GCF is very proud of the ways that their work has promoted both technical and health/safety standards in this industry. The GGF also serves as a voice in the industry when it comes time to advocate for government regulations and policies. Besides offering a diverse selection of member benefits, the organization also exists to help build customer confidence by ensuring that glass and glazing customers can access information and protection when it comes time to shopping for new products and services. When consumers purchase services or products from a GCF member, the organization helps protect both member companies and consumers. History of the UK Glass & Glazing Federation This exact organization was first founded in 1977, but it evolved directly from the Flat Glass Organization, founded back in 1964. Indeed, the GGF and predecessors have been around for about half of a century protecting consumers and helping members. Even before this, a prior organization was called the Plate Glass Association, and its records date all the way back to the 1880s. There is even some evidence that another prior organization dated back to the 1700s. Each organization evolved from the prior ones, and the names and some ideas changed because of new techniques, technology, and ways of [...]

By | March 23rd, 2015|Accreditations|0 Comments