Aerial view of the estate


Environmental Policy

Cambo Institute is committed to the protection of the environment.

All Cambo Institute outputs, inputs, actions, policies, products and events address the following:

1. The minimum use of non-renewable resources including fossil fuels.

2. The re-use or re-cycling of materials as far as possible.

3. The protection and enhancement of habitats and species diversity.

4. The consideration of embodied energy when specifying products.

5. A preference for locally supplied materials as a consequence of transportation, energy and pollution costs.

6. A preference for timber from sustainably managed sources.

7. The encouragement of community participation and the carrying out of public consultation.

8. Exclusion of environmentally damaging products including the following:

a) High alumina cement in structural elements;
b) Woodwool slabs as permanent formwork to concrete or in structural elements;
c) Calcium chloride admixtures for use in reinforced concrete;
d) Asbestos and Asbestos-containing products as defined in the Asbestos Regulations 1987 or any statutory modifications or re-enactment thereof;
e) Asbestos substitutes or any naturally occurring or man made mineral fibres, for example rock-wool or slag wood, unless they are appropriately sealed to prevent migration of fibres;
f) Aggregates for use in reinforced concrete which do not comply with British Standard Specification 882: 1992 and/or aggregates for use in concrete which do not comply with the provision of British Standard Specifications 8110:1985;
g) Lead, lead paint or any other materials containing lead which may be ingested, inhaled or absorbed, except where copper alloy fittings containing lead are specifically required in drinking water pipework by any relevant statutory requirements;
h) Urea-formaldehyde foam, isocyanurates and polyisocyanurates or other materials which may release gases in quantities which may be hazardous with reference to any limits set by the Health and Safety Executive.
i) Silicate brick or tiles;
j) Vermiculite, unless it is established as being fibre-free;
k) Any of the products containing cadmium that are referred to in the Environmental Protection (Controls on Injurious Substances) (No. 2) Regulations 1993;
l) Any timber treated with pentachlorophenol;
m) Polytetrafluoroethylene (known as PTFE) except when used as non-stick sealing within valves or as an isolating tape;
n) Materials which emit Radon gas;
o) Insulation which uses CFC’s and HCFC’s;
p) Other substances or combinations of substances or procedures published prior to the time of specification or use as the case may be in the Building Research Establishment (“BRE”) Publications issued as part of the “BRE” Update services as being inadequate, dangerous, combustible, deleterious or otherwise unsuitable for building purposes or for the type of buildings comprised in the Works;
q) Other materials or substances generally known or suspected to be deleterious at the time of specification or use and any materials which do not conform to the current British Standard Institution Specifications and Codes of Practice or good building practice and any materials which are not approved by the British Board of Agreement or other appropriate certifying Authority.

Office Management Policy

All office procedures are continuously monitored to ensure the minimum use of non-renewable resources and the re-cycling of materials where possible.
These include:

Paper waste re-use and recycling. Staff and volunteers are trained to use the photocopier appropriately eg duplex at all times and use of recycled paper.

Use of low energy light bulbs. Staff and volunteers are trained to switch lights and other switches off when not required.

Computers are not to be left on stand-by.

Recycling of ink cartridges where possible.

Composting of food waste where possible.

Recycling of other items such as aluminium cans, glass and furniture.

Energy Provider

The offices and premises used by Cambo Institute should aim to use renewable energy as their source of power. This is currently being investigated.