Construction and the environment
How does the construction industry affect the environment?
Construction is responsible for 50% of climate change, impacting landfills, air, water and noise pollution. However, the construction industry is working on improving the way they work and the materials they use and minimising the overall adverse effects of this industry on the environment. With sustainability being such a pressing issue at the moment, it’s essential that big industries, like construction, begin to make sustainable changes.
Making sustainable changes to your business can seem inefficient; however, going green can boost profits as environmentally conscious customers may choose you over another company.
Environmental changes that can be made
There are many new ways of having a more sustainable building, including eco-friendly building materials that use less CO2 to produce, including more windows in buildings to allow for more natural light and implementing solar panels. However, this part of the construction process is the most important, as the changes and implementations will profoundly affect the environment.
Sustainable building materials
Using sustainable building materials helps towards a more sustainable world with structures remaining sustainable throughout their life cycle. Using locally produced materials to reduce travel emissions, bamboo, sheep’s wool for insulation, and more can all contribute to sustainability.
Although many industries have gone cashless, the construction sector primarily uses cash which has proven to be harmful to the environment. In addition, sustainable materials may be challenging to implement; however, going cashless and having alternative payment methods is possible. For example, you can set up your website to take online deposits or implement a tap-to-pay card device, meaning payments can be made by card anytime and anywhere.
Limit fuel usage
Using vehicles to deliver materials, equipment that runs on petrol or diesel, and even leaving equipment running when not in use uses a lot of fuel. So making minor changes where you need to re-fuel less frequently will, over time, positively impact the environment. In addition, there are climate-friendly alternatives such as hybrid gas-electric equivalents that work effectively but without the harsh impact on the climate.
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