The Case For Conservation Friendly Construction
With the population ever growing, this means that the construction of residential and commercial properties is encroaching more and more into wildlife habitats, affecting how animals are able to live. The expansion of urban areas is leading to 1 in 10 UK wildlife species facing extinction, and this something that we have a responsibility to try and change.
An important focus is being placed on solutions to allow us to continue to construct and build infrastructure, whilst also allowing us to peacefully coexist with the surrounding animal species and cause as little harm as possible to their natural habitats; which is leading to the term ‘conservation-friendly construction’.
Development can affect urban wildlife in a number of ways; it can lead to habitat loss and fragmentation, disturbances caused by human activity, air and light pollution and changing animal behaviour.
There have been many technological and new architectural ideas leading the way for future building methods. Examples of these include ‘green buildings’, which are proven to both protect the biodiversity of local wildlife, improve the air and water quality as well as reducing operating costs. It is expected that these style of buildings are set to become much more popular in the coming years.
Not only is construction of houses changing, specific elements within buildings are being developed to further help animals. Very specific innovations, such as changing the glass in windows to a different reflective nature so that birds don’t confuse them with flying into foliage or clear sky, are becoming more advanced. This is a simple addition to any home, and shows that conservation friendly construction doesn’t need to take over the whole house, but there are small touches that can make a difference to the welfare of wildlife.
Take a look into what issues exist and how conservation friendly construction can remedy them in the guide by Roof Stores below.