Sustainability in construction: The future of the industry and why it’s beneficial
In recent years, it has become increasingly important for all industries to think about the impacts they have on the environment and what can be done to minimize them. A growing focus in the construction industry is sustainability. By definition, sustainable construction is a new approach to building that improves the way people live and build.
The use of project management technology, eco-friendly building materials and green manufacturing techniques are just a few of the ways construction is moving toward creating environmental and economical sustainability. Green construction, also known as green building, has many benefits for not only the environment but also for builders and their clients.
So, with all that in mind, let’s dive in and take a closer look at some of the benefits of green building and how sustainability in the construction industry is leading to positive change.
Minimize costs and increase value
Minimizing costs on construction projects is essential for the success of the industry. The use of sustainable resources is one of the quickest ways to do just that.
Using sustainable construction reduces costs by requiring less resources such as water and energy during the building process and in return, increases the return on investment or ROI. Generally speaking, sustainable buildings will cost less to produce and will increase the structure’s long-term value.
And the benefits are being recognized as the demand for green buildings and sustainable homes is growing at a fast rate. According to online resource Statista, the green building market is anticipated to be among the fastest growing industries worldwide. The number of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design building registrations has increased from 296 in 2006 to nearly 70,000 in 2019.
Forget the paper and implement technology
Construction projects take a ton of time, planning and, let’s be honest, paper. By implementing a project management technology like Buildertrend, you can save some trees and simultaneously improve the way you run your business.
Landing leads, scheduling multiple jobs, tracking daily work, managing team members and subcontractors and seeing projects through from start to finish is impossible to do with just a pen and paper. By implementing technology into your daily process, you’ll not only save yourself time and money, but you’ll also make a positive impact on the environment.
Less rework means less waste
Construction is a multi-trillion-dollar industry and according to online source, Construction Executive, it has a rework rate of up to 30%. With numbers like that, it’s becoming essential to find alternative building methods and materials to reduce the amount of rework and ultimately, lower the amount of waste.
With the use renewable resources and materials, green building is a great start to the effort to reduce the environmental impact of construction. By using renewable resources in addition to project management software, construction companies are able to drastically cut back on the amount of rework for each project with efficient communication, which in turn decreases the amount of waste and saves both time and money.
Day by day, it’s growing more and more important to be aware and active in the movement to preserve and protect the global environment. Luckily, the construction industry is already thinking ahead and taking steps to be more environmentally friendly and efficient.
Sustainable construction promotes environmental protection by coming up with ways to reuse natural resources such as water and energy. For example, green buildings can often be powered using wind or solar energy and can be built with the ability to collect rainwater that is then used for toilets. Green buildings are typically built with recycled materials, which reduces the amount of waste and promotes the conservation of the environment.
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