Construction is a booming global industry. Between now and 2060, the world is likely to build nearly 2.5 trillion square feet of new development, yet it is an industry that consumes vast amounts of resources and generates tons of greenhouse gas emissions and waste, so the environment is at stake.
We hold the future of future generations in our hands, and it is our responsibility to reduce the environmental impact of construction. But how can this be achieved?
One of the best ways to make a construction site environmentally friendly is to reduce fuel consumption, through the use of alternative fuel sources, such as biodiesel which reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Also, hybrid equipment runs on fossil fuels and generates electricity. Another way to make an impact is to reduce hauling distances to minimize fuel consumption, as well as minimize vehicle downtime.
Reducing waste generation by buying used, reclaimed or recycled materials is a good way to support the planet and you can reduce the waste generated by sending construction and demolition debris to be recycled and used again in new projects. Appliances, accessories, hardware, and materials such as brick, wood, metal, plastic, and concrete are easy to salvage or recycle.
One of the great recommendations is that if you do not have the machines to carry out the construction, we invite you to buy used machinery in good condition, this avoids or reduces contamination and gives a new use to a well-functioning machine.
Another initiative is to implement erosion control measures. Sandbags can harm the environment near a construction site, but alternative solutions like inflatable dams and earthen nets are gentler on local ecosystems, plus much less cost.
Avoiding the discharge of pollutants is essential to protect the environment, since they can seep into the soil and water. Avoid throwing chemical products near the construction site and keep in mind the products prohibited by law such as wastewater from concrete washing, oils, soaps, solvents, toxic substances, among others.
Teaming up to build energy-efficient buildings is another way construction companies can help reduce their environmental impact. The construction of complexes that incorporate and preserve green spaces is one way to do it, as is the development of buildings that make use of alternative energy with solar panels or small wind turbines. Green buildings have many benefits, such as reduced operating costs. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the most common green building certification program globally, and buildings with this certification provide operating savings of up to 20% compared to traditionally constructed buildings.
Finally, investing in sustainable construction materials and techniques can reduce fuel consumption and emissions associated with manufacturing the necessary materials by using alternative, recycled, or reclaimed materials in your projects. And they can adopt sustainable techniques to facilitate their projects in the local environment.
At Glomacht we are interested in the well-being of the environment and with our company you can find the machinery you need for your construction project, both new and used in optimal conditions.