Building Sites and The Environment

Building public areas, shopping malls or housing can seem like just a bit of construction. In reality, it’s costing us, the environment and everything in between. Because of the recent growing concern with emissions and all things environmentally friendly, there are a few methods being used to reduce all the bad factors, therefore constructing buildings becomes more efficient and kinder to the environment.

Some of these options include:

  • The Materials Used (Such as constructing out of Green Oak, Recycled Materials, Insulated Concrete Formwork and Structural Insulates Panels).
  • Types of Buildings (Some people prefer to get modular buildings for hire instead of constructing on-site).
  • Machinery for Construction (Construction vehicles now have to meet and be below a certain emission standard and should be classed as Non-Road Mobile Machinery).

Keep reading to find out about the factors involved with construction.

Building Sites and The Environment

Emissions

Caused by the machinery, the products used and the method of building. Such as the emissions given off by construction vehicles outdoors, that are instantly transferred to the air around us.

Water Spills

Construction near or in bodies of water have the potential to cause spills or even destroy water banks and the environment around the construction site. There has been placed a Water Resources Act to prevent this from happening.

Waste Generation

Also a huge issue within construction! All packaging from the produce, production of saw/dust and other waste products can become a problem, especially in areas with high population or nature reserves.

Soil Pollution

Yet another issue that can easily be forgot about but can have devastating effects on the wildlife and nature around. The use of chemicals and certain materials can pollute the soil and can be harmful to humans and animals. They prevent this from happening by using only the bare needed amount of that product as it’s only damaging in high volumes.

Resource Consumption

This is when during construction; they use too much non-renewable resources such as energy, water and can also include things such as non-biodegradable plastics.

Local Impacts

This can conclude of many different factors such as noise pollution. If the area is residential or public, it can cause a major disturbance in people’s lives. This can include noise, smells, and sights. They stop this by placing before-construction notices, placing up construction area walls and only using machinery during daylight hours.

Transportation Impacts

Sometimes working sites can disrupt the local roads or rail services. This can include delays, missed bus stops and longer routes (meaning more emissions and time). This is why any work near or on roads is seen to as high priority compared to other constructions.

Biodiversity

Local wildlife can be harmed by construction such as if they build on an area with a high density of animals or plants. This could potentially disrupt or even end a certain species. This is combatted by planning permissions and certain government rules of construction.