How to Achieve and Maintain Sustainable Construction
Updated: Jul 22, 2021
It is undeniably that the construction industry consumes a massive amount of natural resources. With increasing concerns over climate change, growing worries about the depletion of natural resources and alarming rates of environment pollution, it is urgent that the construction industry reduce, if not minimise, their negative impact on the environment, and look for an alternative source of energy to protect the Earth. In order to achieve this, every construction company needs to play their part and practice green construction techniques. Here are some green construction techniques and trends in that will define sustainable construction in the future.
1. Modular Construction Techniques
Modular construction, which is in fact the signature trademark of M-Modular, is a ecological construction technique that allow builders to design structures faster, more cost-effective, less wasteful of natural resources, and thus, more minimised and controlled environmental pollution.
2. Ecological Building Materials Usage
Construction materials manufacturing from scratch consumes a massive amount of natural resources and energy, causing harmful impact on the environment. As a better alternative, low-impact materials that are recycled or repurposed can help reduce energy and minimise natural resources usage on the manufacturing processes. These materials are also more durable as they can easily be recycled and reused at a much better cost-efficiency once the building has reached the end of its lifespan, reducing the amount of waste that ends up in the landfills. Another perk is that, via the use of green materials, the new buildings and facilities erected from these materials will have a lower carbon footprint, lower energy consumption, and better energy efficiency.
3. Renewable Energy Resources
Using alternative energy sources is a rising trend in many homes and buildings via the incorporation of solar, wind and hydro energy. This type of energy can easily be stored and renewed, which will significantly reduce carbon footprint, optimise energy savings and lower the impact on the environment.
4. Construction Waste Minimisation
Waste has always been a huge problem of any construction site, in which the most common waste is roofing, cardboard, glass, drywall, metal, insulation,… As mentioned above, alternative energy sources and natural resources can be repurposed, recycled, renewed and reused. Identifying these alternative materials and integrating them in the construction plan can contribute greatly to the fight against climate change. Sometimes, raw materials are crucially needed, in this case, sustainable waste management should be incorporated, which helps order/manufacture the accurate amount of materials required and avoids ordering/manufacturing in excess which leads to wastage of resources as well as money.
5. Internal and Inter-Company Sustainability
Last but not least, sustainable construction starts from the organisation itself. It is important that companies train staff and employees on the importance of sustainability in construction and what practices they can adopt within the organisation. Companies should also encourage “green” programs within the facility, such as recycling programs, as well as encourage team members to be innovative and creative with methods to which the organisation can be ecological and environmentally friendly. This will establish a mindset amongst staff and a culture across the entire enterprise on environmental protection. Partnership with companies who practice sustainability well not only improves business and relationships, but also poses an opportunity to learn from and adopt new green construction techniques that contribute to the fight against climate change.