Property contractor Polygon performs several thousand inspections and restorations of water-damaged properties every year, on behalf of If’s Nordic customers. Rather than disposing of damaged inventory and equipment, they try to dry and salvage as much of it as possible – making the process more energy-efficient, while also lowering damage costs for If.
‘When we clear out water-damaged properties, an average of 70 percent of the material is still dry. That creates a lot of unnecessary waste. Our philosophy is to restore as much as possible’, says Mattias Wiklund.
He works as a sales manager at Polygon Sweden, one of the main contractors If uses to help customers with water-damaged property. With the ambition of drying and restoring damaged goods instead of replacing them, Polygon has been able to reduce the carbon footprint of the process, reducing the need for new production and all the environmentally heavy processes that come with it: material sourcing, processing, energy consumption and distribution.
‘When it comes to sustainability, we try to think holistically about our processes. We use modern, energy-efficient dryers, and we’re very careful to not use unnecessarily large dryers for the damage at hand – minimizing both electricity costs and energy usage. In addition, when going on inspections, we plan our routes carefully and install monitors to keep track of damage instead of conducting regular check-ups. There are many aspects to this, and they all make a difference’, he says.
Polygon is also a long-term user of the MEPS documentation system for the digital reporting of damage claims on-site – speeding up the process while at the same time minimizing travelling and paper consumption.
‘I take professional pride in being in an industry where we can deliver quality services while at the same time making an environmental difference. We like having tough demands put on us when it comes to sustainability and would welcome even tougher requirements in the future’, concludes Mattias Wiklund.