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Environmental policy


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Marshalls Chartered Surveyors is committed to a policy of minimising our impact on the environment. This is achieved through minimising waste, where possible, and by seeking to make the most efficient use of our resources.

IMPACTS
Our most significant adverse environmental impacts are: Emissions to atmosphere from the use of carbon based energy in offices and fuel in transport. Consumption of resources by our use of energy, water, raw materials, office supplies and furniture etc. Production of waste materials.

OBJECTIVES
We have identified the following objectives, which combined together make up our overall environmental management policy:
  • Set objectives targets and programmes to continually improve our environmental performance, including the reduction of pollution.
  • Comply with the spirit and the letter of environmental laws, the regulations, and Codes of Practice.
  • Reduce pollution levels and aim to utilise alternative fuel technologies/policies that lead to cleaner air, wherever practicable.
  • Adopt environmentally sound waste management practices, including recycling, and environmentally conscious waste disposal.
  • Marshalls Chartered Surveyors will also seek to adopt the use of energy efficient resources.
  • Review the acquisition of its materials and equipment where practicable. Preference will be given to items, which cause the least amount of harm to the environment, and where during production, the least amount of waste is produced.
  • Provide training for all staff so that they are familiar with our environmental systems and procedures.
  • Strive to achieve continuous improvement in its Environmental Performance. This will include taking corrective action, where necessary.
The Partners at Marshalls Chartered Surveyors have joint overall responsibility for its environmental affairs and will review this policy at periodic intervals.

PRACTICAL STEPS
We will employ the following initiatives in order to achieve our stated objectives:
  • We will obtain stationary from suppliers, produced using re-cycled materials, where possible.
  • We will encourage the use of e-mail to minimize material usage.
  • We will seek to operate vehicles, which have favourable ratings on fuel emissions and continually assess alternative fuels.
  • Where possible, appointments will be grouped to minimize travelling.
  • We will employ the use of energy efficient lighting and, where practicable, heating systems in our office premises.
  • We will seek to occupy office premises, where practicable, that incorporate good levels of thermal insulation, reducing the levels of energy required for heating.
  • We will encourage employees to contribute towards reducing the amounts of electricity used where possible. This will be achieved by switching off computers, monitors and other office equipment, where this is not in use for periods of one hour or more.
  • We will continually seek to identify new ways in which savings and reductions in the use of both water and electricity can be made and encourage input from its employees as to how this might be achieved.
  • Waste paper will be re-used as notepaper, rather than immediately disposed of (sensitive documents must be shredded).
  • We will purchase cleaning materials which are biodegradable and do not cause harm to the environment.
  • The office lighting within our premises will be switched off overnight, unless this is required for security reasons. In which case, low level, energy efficient lighting will be utilized.



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Building surveys

Marshalls offer two types of residential building survey: The Marshalls Building Survey Report and The RICS Building Survey Report.

These are our most detailed surveys and are suitable for most types and ages of property, particularly older houses.

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RICS home surveys

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These surveys have the popular traffic light condition rating format and are mainly suitable for more modern houses and flats.

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Valuation

Marshalls undertake residential valuation instructions for mortgage lending, Inheritance tax (probate), shared ownership, Housing Association, Charities Act, matrimonial and other purposes. We also undertake expert witness work and can advise on leasehold enfranchisement (lease extension).

All of our Chartered Surveyors are RICS Registered Valuers highly experienced in the local property market.

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Commercial

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Note: we do not undertake commercial valuations.

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Party Wall

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Lease extensions

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Marshalls offer comprehensive Leasehold enfranchisement advice, both for landlords and tenants.

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FAQ’s

Your choice of survey report has never been wider: Marshalls undertake five types of survey on residential properties.

Marshalls were established in 1979 and can offer great local knowledge and experience of all types of building. We might not be the cheapest, but you can be confident that we are the experts in our field.

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Contact Us

Marshalls have offices in Oxford (01865-863020) and Newbury (01635-529777).

We cover Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and adjoining areas of Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds.

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