Good practice

Early engagement at design stage generates material savings

Early engagement at design stage generates material savings
© Jérôme SALORT, #2373812, 2017, source:
Materials, Waste
Low cost
Annual saving:
Payback time:
0 Year(s)
Resource savings: Raw material:
Avoid 170 tonnes per year
Resource savings: Waste:
Reduced by 25 tonnes per year
Associated cost savings: Raw material:
Payback time:
No investment as such, as payback potential is immediate
Total cost savings:
Raw materials and waste management costs
Co2 emission reduction:
500 tonnes CO2 equivalent per year
Premises and operation areas:
Product and design, Waste and recycling
Size of company:
Medium (less than 250)
Advancement in applying resource efficiency measures:
One off investment:

Get the specs right from the outset... and save!

  • Assumptions about materials and processes can lead to over-specification and end up costing more
  • Matching real requirements to specifications can save significant raw materials and associated costs

Bradagh Interiors knew that tailoring the type of wall framing stud used to suit the needs of a specific job could result in significant savings through reduced waste tonnages and material costs.

A review by Resource Efficient Scotland confirmed that certain stud types recommended by design teams for vertical support were over-specified on some projects. Even the smallest over-specification can potentially generate excess waste and increase material and labour costs associated with measuring and cutting processes, as well as waste-material handling costs.

Early engagement with design teams to determine actual requirements relating to the walls being built would enable bespoke stud specifications to be created. 

Key benefits

Changes to stud specifications and ordering processes offer Bradagh Interiors various benefits:

  • Savings of over € 570 000 per year
  • Reduced raw materials used by 170 tonnes per year
  • Reduced waste by 25 tonnes per year
  • Emissions reduction of around 500 tonnes of CO2 equivalents each year

"We were impressed by the savings potential available by ordering tailored materials for specific jobs. We’ll certainly make sure we increase our input at the design stage to fully realise these savings in the future .” - Kevin Gallagher, Director at Bradagh Interiors

Want to know if relevant support is offered in your country?