The evolution of construction processes and materials procurement, which can minimize waste, energy, and different inefficiencies at construction sites, is a quieter part of the sustainability tale. Contractors that use a time and material-saving approach report increased profits and a better sense of well-being since they aren’t generating waste. Listed below are some of the innovations in sustainable building construction that are making a difference.
Controlled Environment Prefabrication of Materials
According to Spencer Finseth, principal of Minneapolis-based Greiner Construction, building quality has increased by constructing as much of the structure in a controlled environment as possible.
Construction material distributors in Malaysia can employ wood framing up to five stories high because of the precision with which materials can be cut.
Mechanical contractors utilize Building Information Management (BIM) systems to cut ductwork sheet metal in a controlled environment rather than outside to minimize difficulties caused by cold or hot weather affecting the design. Due to the risk of damage, the same venting is shipped to a job site “wrapped, sealed, and kept out of the weather.” Prefabrication is expected to be 15% of any project, and even higher for hotels.
This concrete-filled form is then hauled to the Ordway site, where it will be built like an Erector Set by pouring concrete into it. Assembling formwork in a warehouse with access to equipment not typically available on small job sites is a frequent method that saves time while also improving quality.
Management of Construction and Demolition Waste
Contractors now have a better chance of cutting waste because transporters have improved their technology in recent years. In many situations, haulers employ pickers to segregate debris, so job sites no longer require separate garbage containers for different types of waste.
Having carriers handle materials in a single container saves a lot of time and money when working on modest inner-city projects. Concrete, for example, can be crushed on-site and reused as aggregate beneath parking lots or as a foundation material.
Planning and implementing environmental improvements at the construction site
Preventing stormwater pollution has grown in importance to communities, as well as to the federal and state governments. Cities do not want a building project that would cause the storm sewage system to overflow due to a buildout of dirty water.
Regulations and simple pollution reduction measures have been put in place for the sake of worker safety. You won’t be able to smoke on the property, for one thing. Worker’s shoes are swept clean of dirt, lead, and other potentially hazardous compounds before they enter a building. To reduce organic waste, contractors bring food recycling containers with them on the job.