The contractor’s management of environmental considerations in the project and at the construction site

Groups: 
  • Design-Build Contracts
Category: 
  • Rigging and Operations

Basic

Requirements and Criteria Type: 
  • Contract Terms

Main Objective: 

Activities at the construction site can result in relatively major environmental impact over a short period of time. This could include the emission of e.g. greenhouse gases, produced waste, use of chemicals, impact on the local ecosystem, dust, noise, resource consumption and other emissions to air, land and water. Certain emissions may have greater consequences in urban areas than in more rural areas.

If the project has an ambition to reduce the environmental impact from the construction period, it may be a good idea for contractors to compete on this aspect. This means allowing the contractors to propose solutions of their own. This could result in contractors developing within this field and identifying new products, solutions or methods.

Requirement Specification: 

Within <X> months of entering into the contract, the contractor must submit an overview of measures that must be implemented at the construction site, including descriptions of:

  1. organisation and management of the work to ensure that environmental measures are implemented
  2. reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
  3. minimising waste and facilitating reuse
  4. water purification and storm water management at the construction site

The measures must be implemented and documented for the duration of the project period.

Documentation of the Requirement Specification: 

That must be submitted <X> months after entering into the contract:

An overview of the measures that will be implemented at the construction site

That must be submitted at takeover:

  1. documentation showing how environmental responsibilities have been managed, conducted risk assessments
  2. documentation of measures that have reduced greenhouse gas emissions or emissions accounts for completed works.
  3. completed waste plan showing the sorting ratio, planned and actual waste volumes in the different waste fractions and confirmation from the refuse contractor at the landfill/recycling site. Overview of materials that have been sent for recycling or reuse.
  4. solution specification for water purification and storm water management

In the event of non-fulfilment of the proposed environmental measures, sanctions may be imposed in the form of daily penalties that will accrue until the matter has been rectified.

Information about the Requirement Specification: 

In order to assess the reduction of emissions from a construction site for a contract, it is important for the developer to have investigated, planned and facilitated the optimisation of infrastructure, for example district heating or other planned energy carriers, in advance. In such a case, there is a need to enter into dialogue with the market in advance so that they are prepared and able to plan to obtain access to the available technologies, such as electricity, hydrogen, etc. The outcome of the dialogue must be taken into account in the tender specification, so that contractors are familiar with these assumptions. Read more about zero-emission construction and civil engineering sites at the Norwegian Government Agency for Financial Management’s subject pages.

In order to document waste, guidance must be provided as to how this will be documented in contractual follow-up, what is the current practice in the market? Weekly reporting? Monthly? At milestones? What constitutes proper guidance here? For example waste delivery notes and how these will be reported. To what extent it is possible to connect to district heating, mobile transformer stations, etc. If you are unfamiliar with the practices in your market, you will need to enter into dialogue with the market.

Advanced

Requirements and Criteria Type: 
  • Contract Terms

Main Objective: 

Activities at the construction site can result in relatively major environmental impact over a short period of time. This could include the emission of e.g. greenhouse gases, produced waste, use of chemicals, impact on the local ecosystem, dust, noise, resource consumption and other emissions to air, land and water. Certain emissions may have greater consequences in urban areas than in more rural areas.

If the project has an ambition to reduce the environmental impact from the construction period, it may be a good idea for contractors to compete on this aspect. This means allowing the contractors to propose solutions of their own. This could result in contractors developing within this field and identifying new products, solutions or methods.

Requirement Specification: 

Within <X> months of entering into the contract, the contractor must submit an overview of measures that must be implemented at the construction site, including descriptions of:

  1. organisation and management of the work to ensure that environmental measures are implemented
  2. reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
  3. minimising waste and facilitating reuse
  4. water purification and storm water management
  5. minimising the use of chemicals that are harmful to health and the environment, cf. the Norwegian Environment Agency’s priority list and the Reach candidate list

The measures must be implemented and documented for the duration of the project period.

Documentation of the Requirement Specification: 

That must be submitted <X> months after entering into the contract:

An overview of the measures that will be implemented at the construction site

That must be submitted at takeover:

  1. documentation showing how environmental responsibilities have been managed, conducted risk assessments
  2. documentation of measures that have reduced greenhouse gas emissions or emissions accounts for completed works.
  3. completed waste plan showing the sorting ratio, planned and actual waste volumes in the different waste fractions and confirmation from the refuse contractor at the landfill/recycling site. Overview of materials that have been sent for recycling or reuse.
  4. solution specification for water purification and storm water management
  5. overview of products used at the construction site that contain substances that are harmful to health or the environment, as well as documentation of conducted substitution assessments.

In the event of non-fulfilment of the proposed environmental measures, sanctions may be imposed in the form of daily penalties that will accrue until the matter has been rectified.

Information about the Requirement Specification: 

In order to assess the reduction of emissions from a construction site for a contract, it is important for the developer to have investigated, planned and facilitated the optimisation of infrastructure, for example district heating or other planned energy carriers, in advance. In such a case, there is a need to enter into dialogue with the market in advance so that they are prepared and able to plan to obtain access to the available technologies, such as electricity, hydrogen, etc. The outcome of the dialogue must be taken into account in the tender specification, so that contractors are familiar with these assumptions. Read more about zero-emission construction and civil engineering sites at the Norwegian Government Agency for Financial Management’s subject pages.

In order to document waste, guidance must be provided as to how this will be documented in contractual follow-up, what is the current practice in the market? Weekly reporting? Monthly? At milestones? What constitutes proper guidance here? For example waste delivery notes and how these will be reported. To what extent it is possible to connect to district heating, mobile transformer stations, etc. If you are unfamiliar with the practices in your market, you will need to enter into dialogue with the market.

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Published: 25. Nov 2020, Last modified: 28. Dec 2020