The construction industry is undergoing a resurgence growth. It’s therefore highly likely that it will affect the environment negatively. For instance, the construction industry uses millions of tons of different building materials every year. Production of most of these materials has negative effects on the environment.
Additionally, the materials affect the surrounding environment where they are used negatively. What’s more, contractors use resources and tools as well as chemicals at construction sites to prepare them. These combined with trucks and diggers affect the environment and public health negatively. The worst of it all is the fact that some contractors do not have proper waste disposable mechanisms. As such, waste from the construction sites ruins the environment further.
For a building to be construction, the site has to be prepared. This includes clearing the existing vegetation followed by excavation. The result can be a heavily polluted environment with water pools. This is also the case where construction materials are extracted.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Building materials like steel, aluminum and concrete are responsible for emissions of greenhouse gases like CO2. That’s because they are associated with high energy content embodiment. Thus, clearing vegetation emitting greenhouse gasses and poor disposal of waste are the major negative effects of construction on the environment.
How Contractors Can Conserve the Environment
Contractors should focus on conserving the environment as they construct new buildings. For instance, they should follow the rules set by environmental conservation authorities. They should also comply with the set building codes. Construction firms should design and install erosion control measures. They should also stabilize the soil before they start construction projects. What’s more, they should prevent environmental pollution by having clear and safe ways of disposing waste.
If you have an upcoming construction project, talk to your contractor about the measures they intend to take in order to preserve the environment during and after building your house.