Éasca Charter

By joining Éasca, members are expected to commit, where applicable, to:

  • Build today without compromising the needs of tomorrow
  • Achieve best practice standards in their own field
  • Aspire to provide for products/services/building works to be carbon neutral or zero carbon and zero waste
  • Ensure high levels of energy efficiency are incorporated into all works and in particular: All building, where possible, should follow the principle of low impact and high performance design, improving the efficiency of the whole building and minimising energy loss through high levels of thermal insulation, following bio-climatic principles of solar orientation and compactness in order to gain a useful percentage of passive solar heating contribution, efficient electrical appliances and maximising day lighting and the use of active renewable energy where appropriate.
  • Acknowledge that waste reduction, reuse and recycling are core design principles that all members are absolutely expected to implement
  • Be aware of environmental impact data, such as carbon and other emissions during manufacture/construction/use and miles travelled and aim to ensure these are kept to a minimum or eliminated altogether
  • Address water management: Ensure that potable water consumption is minimised to drinking and washing purposes only, meeting other water needs through harvested rainwater and grey water for toilet flushing and irrigation, etc. Wastewater treatment should be primarily close to source and/or onsite with preference given to biological based systems. Applying the principle of reduction, reuse and recycling to water use is again a core principle for Éasca members.
  • Ensure that the embodied energy of materials will be taken into consideration in the choice/manufacture/construction of all products and building works. Members should, where possible, prioritise locally sourced materials of a low-embodied energy and use intelligent systems to ensure proper planning and dimensioning of materials to reduce on-site wastage.
  • Pay special attention to integrating building works into transport networks and local community facilities so as to ensure that the long term legacy of the works remains sustainable.
  • Consider fully the environmental impact of products, services and building work and strive to do no harm to biodiversity and local ecosystems.
  • Participate as a member in the well-being of the association as a whole where possible, through cooperating with other Éasca members, offering reciprocal benefits, services & discounts and supporting Éasca events.

Éasca also calls on members to review their own personal and business practices and apply the principles of reduction, reuse, recycling and sustainability to all aspects of their activities.

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