Posted: Wednesday 3 July 2019
In our current series of blog posts, we will explore how scaffolding, construction, and architecture are all becoming greener to help save our planet from the predicted chaos of the changing climate.
As explored last week, in our post on the new eco-friendly materials more and more construction companies are using to construct new property around the world; more and more of us are finding new ways to help save the planet. In this blog post, we explore how construction is becoming more eco-friendly.
One of the key ways the scaffolding and construction industry is going green is by choosing to use low-emission building practices on site.
In our last post, we explored how recycled and low-energy output materials are incredibly helpful in working towards a healthier planet. An eco-friendly environment on a construction site also comes down to the amount of energy we use on the construction site.
For example, the mechanical equipment used by construction workers can contribute to the waste of energy - which is bad for the environment. Mechanical construction equipment should be powered by electric, rather than diesel.
WP Group gives some important tips on how to pick the right mechanical gear for construction on site:
“Choosing the right type of equipment for your site needs is just as important to begin with. When an on-site generator is needed, for example, make sure that the right sized generator is used to cover the required energy usage. Consider using smaller generators for periods of lower energy demand. This may mean hiring more than one, but can help guarantee you’re not over-using energy unnecessarily.”
Travel to and from the site is also key. How we choose to travel to and from our places of work has a huge impact on increased emissions. As such, smart companies opt to ride share; with construction workers carpooling or vanpooling to and from work, and when moving construction materials around.
The greenest among us, looking for increased well being, energy, and fitness also choose to jump on a bike and cycle to the construction site to completely reduce their impact on the carbon emissions of the planet.
In addition, transportation is also a key issue when it comes to transporting materials. If the materials used for building are transported from far-off places, such as other cities and countries, and excessive use of cars and planes are required for their efficient and fast transportation, then this poses an environmental concern.
Transportation, such as planes, cars, and boats - common items used to transport scaffolding and construction materials, are one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions. Shortening the supply chain and using local materials that can be transported more quickly is important for helping to lessen carbon emissions that result from the use of transportation for materials in the industry.