“Sustainability – that is, reducing our environmental impact – has always been important,” says Brendan Glen, Engineering Manager at GH Commercial. "But it’s gone from being something that’s seen as necessary, to a key focus point of every stakeholder; something which requires innovation, continued investment in new technology and demands progression.”
Brendan is right. At GH Commercial, as across the architecture and construction industry as a whole, properly understanding the environmental impact and taking concrete steps to reduce it across products, operations, and supply chains is no longer a nice-to-have – it's an essential.
Sustainability has always been part of the decision-making process at GH Commercial. The company’s major Australian manufacturing plant is located next to the Barwon River, and that - amongst other material and supply considerations - has necessitated a keen awareness and respect for the environment since day one. “These days sustainability has a significant presence all throughout the organisation,” says Brendan. “It’s very much a key consideration in everything we do. Internally, we’ve developed a Sustainability Steering Committee to determine and communicate our sustainability goals and actions, ensuring that we are all aware and aligned with our sustainability targets and initiatives.” In addition, the business is heavily focused on reducing waste, using resources more efficiently, and improving the lifecycle of their products. “We’re also validating our efforts through certification schemes like Declare Red List Free and the Australian Climate Active Carbon Neutral Organisation Certification,” adds Brendan1.
The innate ambition to improve the company’s energy efficiency is another crucial point of focus for GH Commercial, and the entire Mohawk Industries group. “It’s a key aspect of our sustainability journey,” says Lachlan Howell, Strategic Account Manager – Corporate. “Particularly over the last three to five years we have gained a much better understanding of our energy consumption and have considered and implemented an increasingly broad range of initiatives to improve our energy efficiency, and reduce our carbon footprint.”