Sustainability Focus

At Aston Group, we are implementing a sustainability focus across all our operations, to support the government pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the UK by 68% by the end of 2030 – and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

As a leading building services and facilities management company, we, like others in our industry, have an important role to play in achieving the net zero target. At Aston Group, we are TrustMark and MCS certified, and aim to work to the highest sustainability standards, including ensuring our partners work within the PAS 2030:2019 framework where possible.

We understand that our sustainability focus helps our partners meet their goals. We have several retrofit sustainability projects underway, including solar PV installations at Longfield House Sheltered Accommodation, and an external wall insulation programme across the Borough of Waltham Forest. Our recent flagship sustainability project ‘47 Greenleaf Road’, showcases how our partnership with Waltham Forest Council supported their response to the climate emergency.

47 Greenleaf Road

We worked with Waltham Forest Council to manage the whole house retrofit of 47 Greenleaf Road, an empty traditional Victorian terrace, that is now the Council’s first-ever eco show home.

As part of a borough-wide plan to reduce older buildings’ emissions by introducing new materials and modern, fuel-efficient technologies, we improved the energy rating of the property from band ‘E’ to band ‘A’.

By introducing a range of sustainability measures throughout the interior and exterior, the annual heat demand in the property is estimated to fall from 17,219kWh to 7,995kWh per year, with carbon emissions falling by 81%.

Retrofit measures:

Thermal upgrades: external wall insulation, roof insulation, underfloor insulation, glazing
Service upgrades: mechanical ventilation, heating system replacement, air source heat pump, photovoltaic array and battery storage, waste water heat recovery system and a sustainable planting plan.

Sustainable heating

The government energy white paper outlines a vision for how to deliver on the net zero emissions plan. Part of this vision includes a plan for all newly installed heating systems being low carbon by the mid-2030s, which will likely require the use of heat pumps and a ban on the new installation of condensing gas boilers.

At Aston Group, we work with several low carbon alternatives as part of our sustainable heating programme. When upgrading social housing properties, we have used air source heat pumps, heat networks, solar thermal, solar PV, and electric heating, amongst other measures.

We anticipate that solar PV and battery ‘storage’ technology will play an important part in how we run heat pumps, as large individual fuel savings can be made if multiple technologies are correctly used together, which helps to reduce fuel poverty.

We also have a commitment to use hydrogen-ready boilers when they have passed the current governmentdevelopment and testing programme, and are ready to go into production, which we anticipate will be around 2025.

Our sustainable heating focus is supported by our renewable energy programme, which includes our new EPC service, the installation of energy efficient lighting/smart controls, internal and external insulation, electric car charging points and more.

How we can help sustainability work for you

Whether you are seeking to implement your own organisational sustainability goals, or meet the requirements of the government net zero 2050 plan, at Aston Group, we are continually training our team to ensure we are up-to-date with the latest knowledge of low carbon technologies.

Contact us today to find out more.