Can you mention modernization without construction? No, you can’t. Despite its usefulness, the construction processes have a huge impact on our environment and the earth in general.
Construction processes like mining, dumping of wastes, and the likes affect the air quality that we inhale and the water that we drink.
One intriguing thing about the negative impact of construction on the environment is that its consequences do not show up immediately. Instead, it builds up over time, and this can be detrimental to our health and that of the environment. Therefore, you must preserve your environment by constructing buildings with limited or no negative effects.
With reference to the background information, here is how you can construct a sustainable building with little or no impact on the environment.
Reduce your fuel consumption:
To make use of machines on construction sites, you need diesel or gasoline fuel to power them. These fuels release carbon dioxide, methane, and other substances that contaminate the air. Also, they cause global warming, thereby raising the earth’s temperature. See how you can reduce fuel consumption:
- Turn off any idle machine
- Replace fossils with a cleaner source of energy
- Replace traditional construction machines with hybrid equipment
Make use of recyclable materials/technology:
Most building materials negatively impact the environment. To resolve this issue, you need to replace them with recyclable or materials obtained from nature. For instance, instead of using the usual dewatering solution, you can replace them with inflatable dam water. The inflatable dam water has several good uses. First, you can use it to control erosion.
Also, when compared to the usual dewatering solutions, they are way cheaper. Besides, the dam water is environment friendly.
Though this might sound funny, you can replace cement, bricks, metals with biodegradable substances like clay, timber, hemp, stones, and others.
Manage wastes properly:
During construction processes, various kinds of chemicals and substances are used. Mind you, most of these substances are dangerous and harmful to both the workers and the environment. Therefore, it would help if you eject those substances properly. According to Environment Protection Agency, you must put an effective mechanism to eliminate waste, thereby preventing pollution. The agency also stressed that you should reduce these chemicals’ release into the water, especially if they can cause pollution.
With this in mind, we advise that you use recyclable building materials as this would help you cut down wastes.
Remember that the earth is precious, and it is all that we’ve got. So construct safely.