KJ Tait

Sustainability Champion

At KJ Tait, we take a holistic approach to delivering sustainability on our new build projects. This considers all aspects of a development including environmental, social, and economic factors. Our approach recognises that these three dimensions are interconnected and interdependent, and achieving true sustainability involves addressing them in a balanced and integrated manner.

Holistic sustainability seeks to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, as articulated in the Brundtland Commission's definition of sustainability.

We offer a market leading Sustainability Champion service where we create a bespoke schedule of metrics and targets for a development to achieve.  These follow seven key criteria and using these themes creates sustainability strategies which are truly holistic and encompass best practice across each area.  Our current criteria encompass best practice in the following:

  • Net Zero Carbon
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Social Value
  • Biodiversity
  • Low Carbon Mobility
  • Climate Resilience
  • Circular Economy

During the design stages of developments, we work with the Design Team conducting workshops to ensure that targets can be achieved.  We challenge the Design Team to think differently and incorporate measures that can make a lasting positive contribution.

Our Engineers consider initiatives and metrics which exceed those required by accreditation schemes such as BREEAM   and investigate measures based on localised issues that could be incorporated.  For example, on developments where water scarcity may be an issue, we may advise and investigate with the Design Team methods of reducing water consumption, methods to incorporate rainwater harvesting into the design, or investigate borehole water options. 

We work across the design and in-use stages to ensure that the best practice measures that were conceived at design stage are realised in-use.  Through monthly in-use sustainability reporting, we report on metrics to enable us to close the performance gap between design and operation. 


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