Climate change and environmental degradation are important issues to consider when it comes to the construction industry. Housing is one of the biggest issues in the world right now, whether it’s a lack of housing, or a lack of sustainability of the housing that we currently have. Our Quality Systems here at Pro-Quo Logistics is just the first step of many to construction becoming completely sustainable and environmentally friendly, and so we’ve decided to look into some of the ways the industry needs to change to tackle these issues.
Perhaps the simplest way to improve construction to fix climate change would be for governments to introduce new building standards. The International Energy Agency in June of 2016, claimed that the buildings being rapidly build in developing countries are “locking the world into high greenhouse gas emissions.” A change in building standards that all construction has to follow would help to ensure that buildings are meeting a higher standard of safety and efficiency. Politicians could enforce a new standard immediately, which would not only help ensure a more sustainable, environmentally friendly method of building, but it could play its part in improving the economy too.
Refurbishing your home isn’t just an opportunity to make your home look better, but it can even be an opportunity to make a property far more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Our house refurbishment services, for example, not only use green building materials and processes, but we can work with your home to create a greener way of living. From draught-proofing, to eco-friendly insulation to help keep heat in, there is plenty you could request with your home refurbishment to help tackle climate change and environmental degradation in your everyday life.
The construction industry is one of the worst culprits when it comes to material waste. In the UK alone, the building industry produces almost three times more waste than every UK household combined – and in some cases this waste is even hazardous, especially to the environment. Having this much waste is not only a waste of resources, but it’s a loss of money, reduction of sustainability, and wasted materials often end up in a landfill, which is damaging to the environment. Even incineration releases gasses into the air which contribute to climate change and environmental damage. The use of green materials in building can help reduce the amount of waste, allow for a level of reuse, and mean that recycling can be possible if it does come to a point where a material needs to be wasted.
On the topic of reusing materials, using ‘existing stock’ of a building is becoming increasingly common. Refurbishing existing, possibly derelict buildings could not only be cheaper, but be more environmentally friendly too. Working on an already existing building saves needing to find land to build onto, could save you from buying overstock of materials, and with the right methods and materials, can increase sustainability too. Tackling climate change and environmental degradation through refurbishing existing stock rather than building from scratch can help the government emissions targets be reached.
Sustainable Procurement of Materials
Price and quality has always driven the building materials market and unfortunately, that has had an effect on not only the economy, but the environment too. Whether it’s not thinking through how a material has been procured before purchasing, or simply not caring, the construction industry needs to improve on how they obtain their materials, and how they are used. Getting the best value for money needs to be thought about over the long-term, not simply what is available at that moment in time, but should also take into consideration the economic, social and environmental considerations that come with it.
The construction industry has far to go before it becomes truly sustainable and environmentally friendly, but we here at Pro-Quo Logistics are passionate about being an environmentally friendly company. For more information about our quality systems, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.