With the constantly changing environment around us, it’s important to be environmentally aware and active. As the world turns to focus toward sustainability, construction must follow suit. But what is sustainable construction, and how does one transition into a more sustainable method of construction?
Every responsible real estate stakeholder should discuss the importance of sustainable construction practices and different eco-friendly strategies. There are many reasons for construction companies and developers to adopt sustainable values, the first of which is to ensure sustainability that underpins longevity.
As the mindsets of customers, politicians and corporations shift towards preserving the environment, the construction industry must follow suit. Furthermore, rapid population growth demands that we address issues of sustainability and resourcefulness sooner rather than later. We need to recognise the negative impact that traditional and conventional construction practices have on our environment and provides alternative solutions. Although often dismissed for creating more expenses for construction companies and developers, there are plenty of eco-construction methods that are also cost-effective.
Sustainable construction involves the use of environmentally friendly and non-toxic paints, solvents and building materials. This not only makes the building eco-friendly, but it also creates indoor spaces in homes, offices, and recreational areas. Some of the toxic paints and solvents used in conventional construction can cause respiratory complications, skin conditions, migraines and other health issues. Using eco-friendly materials in our residential, commercial and industrial buildings will prove to be a long-term benefit for all.
Sustainable construction is the practice of creating a healthy environment that’s based on ecologically non-destructive principles. Sustainable construction focuses on six principles: conserve, reuse, recycle/renew, protect nature, create non-toxic and high-quality infrastructure. The goal is to reduce the industry’s impact on the environment by utilising sustainable development practices, employing energy efficiency, and taking advantage of green technology.
Although many different business sectors are doing what they can to be more sustainable, the construction sector is unique because it can significantly affect how these practices are applied. This is because of the large amounts of materials and energy that the industry uses. Sustainable construction isn’t just about using the newest materials; it’s also about using building methods that enhance renewable and sustainable efforts.
Construction material must be stored in large containers to avoid unnecessary wastage and dust pollution due to wind erosion. Companies must also ensure that dust pollution is regulated by regular watering of loose soil during earth excavation, covering of transport vehicles with taught tarpaulin before they depart from the construction site, and cleaning of vehicle wheels before departing. This also involves using water sourced from Sewage Treatment Plants (STP) for all these needs, including concrete curing and regulating water usage with the right equipment to avoid leakages.
The right kind of designing and procurement can greatly minimise material. Procuring pre-cut or modular materials can allow companies to mitigate waste generated on-site. Rather than dumping more materials like concrete and structural steel into landfills, these can be recycled for other construction jobs. Industrial crushing facilities recycle these materials into dry aggregate for new construction.
Additionally, even carpet, flooring and ceiling materials can be reused in a variety of ways. Any chance a contractor has to use recycled material often leads to a substantial savings opportunity. By using recycled and sustainable materials, construction companies will be able to avoid additional costs associated with the disposal of toxic materials from the site.
Construction projects that develop green buildings aren’t only beneficial to the environment; they also provide many psychological benefits to the people inside them. As it stands, so many sustainable options and alternatives exist for construction companies and developers. The next step is recognising the importance of reducing carbon footprints and toxicity levels to improve the overall health of the planet and its people. In many instances, Eco and Green technologies have the ability to cut down energy costs, which creates extremely viable options for construction companies and land developers.
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