Health & Safety
Health and safety are at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of everything we do. Sapphire Balconies have always, do always and will always put the health, safety and welfare of our staff and those affected by our operation first.
The health, safety and welfare of ourselves and of others is not something we ever take for granted. A genuinely proactive health, safety and welfare culture must be worked at, well communicated and nurtured to make it effective and still allow us to be the successful company we are.
Sapphire Balconies believe that injuries in the workplace are avoidable and as such we have a Zero Harm target. This target of zero harm to our staff and those affected by our works requires significant input from us, but we firmly believe this is achievable.
Environment & Sustainability
Environmental consciousness and sustainability have never been more important, and we take this responsibility to heart. There are several ways we are tackling this issue by providing innovative solutions to reduce our environmental impact.
Our prefinished balconies dramatically reduce the time spent in construction on-site and cut down on crane time with our Glide-On technology. Prefinished balconies are far more energy-efficient and dramatically reduces the risk of errors leading to a reduction in waste. Controlled manufacturing conditions and specialised infrastructure make the assembly process more efficient and accurate, allowing them to be finished and delivered Rigid, Ready, Right.
Delivery to Site
Once the project is ready for installation, our Cassette balconies are delivered safely to the site on one of our own trailers either stacked or nested to cut emissions. Each project is given a custom lorry plan to transport as many balconies as possible safely and efficiently. Balconies are either nested together, double or triple stacked on one of our specialised platforms to reduce fuel emissions in transport and limit the number of vehicles travelling to the site.
Reduced Weight, Reduced Emissions
Our aluminium Cassette balcony decks are approximately half the weight of steel making them far more efficient to transport and install. Not only does this cut emissions during transport, but it also means our balconies need fewer brackets to secure them in place. Fewer brackets and connections between the balcony and the buildings reduce the risk of cold bridging and damp, making the building more energy efficient for occupants as well as giving significant cost savings.
With the government pledge to reduce the energy consumption of buildings by half by 2030, clever innovations will be at the forefront of this change.
We’re proud to say that our balconies are almost entirely recyclable! Thanks to the Glide-On technology balconies can be just as easily removed at the end of their lifespan as they were installed at the beginning. From there, the balconies can be easily disassembled, and the components sent for recycling. Aluminium is one of the easiest metals to recycle and is 92% more energy efficient than producing new aluminium. According to The Aluminium Association, a 10% increase in aluminium end-of-life recycling decreases industry greenhouse gas emissions by 15%.
Our commitment to sustainability is underlined by our attainment of the ISO 14001 certification and adherence to the 2015 standards.
Meeting the environmental and construction needs of tomorrow require adaptable, innovative solutions and systems like COACHand our prefinished, Glide-On Cassette balconies will be instrumental in meeting the demands of an evolving landscape.