The government has outlined its proposed approach to building a lower-carbon future for the whole of the UK with the release of its Clean Growth Strategy. It’s also part of their commitment to bring down greenhouse gas emissions throughout the nation.
You can click here to read the entire document, which was put together by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The fact it’s 165 pages long though means you may not have the time to scroll through the entire publication. However, gas installation suppliers Flogas have provided this summary of the key points, as well as what the Clean Growth Strategy means for both homes and businesses throughout the UK…
Understanding the UK’s commitment to climate change
There is background legislation that resulted in the Clean Growth Strategy being published in the first place. This is because in 2008, the UK introduced the Climate Change Act, and through this became the first nation in the world to self-impose a legally binding carbon reduction target. The crux of it? To reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050 (compared to 1990 levels).
Is the UK close to reaching its target?
The UK certainly is on its way to achieving the target, if BEIS figures which were published in March 2017 are anything to go by. In fact, overall carbon emissions have dropped by 42 per cent since 1990. While this progress is encouraging, the government acknowledges that there is still plenty more work to be done – and that’s where proposals like the Clean Growth Strategy come in.
The helping hand that the Clean Growth Strategy can provide
The Clean Growth Strategy looks to accelerate the pace of ‘clean growth’ through a series of policies and proposals. There are two clear goals among these policies and proposals — to decrease emissions and to increase economic growth. With that in mind, the two guiding objectives underpinning the strategy are:
- To meet our domestic commitments at the lowest possible net cost to UK taxpayers, consumers and businesses.
- To maximise the social and economic benefits for the UK from this transition.
Lower-carbon processes, systems and technologies have been pledged by the government to be rolled out across the UK in order to make this vision a reality. All of this will also be done in the most cost-effective way possible for businesses and homes alike.
Key proposals of the Clean Growth Strategy
There are six key areas which the proposals set out on the Clean Growth Strategy focus on, with these six areas responsible for 100% of carbon emissions currently recorded throughout the UK…
- Improving business and industry efficiency (25% of UK emissions)
- Improving our homes (13% of UK emissions)
- Accelerating the shift to low-carbon transport (24% of UK emissions)
- Delivering clean, smart, flexible power (21% of UK emissions)
- Enhancing the benefits and value of our natural resources (15% of UK emissions)
- Leading the public sector (2% of UK emissions)
Read through all 50 pledges of the Clean Growth Strategy within this executive summary.
Why the Clean Growth Strategy is important for homes and businesses across the UK
The Clean Growth Strategy in effect sees homes, businesses and industrial operations throughout the UK being encouraged to reduce their carbon footprint via a series of measures — with support also being provided by the government to aid their efforts. A major focus will be reassessing the fuels we use for jobs like heating, cooking, and powering industrial and manufacturing processes – and embracing cleaner, greener alternatives.
Boosting the uptake of renewable technologies — such as through the use of biomass boilers, solar panels and heat pumps — is just one step in the process though. Brits should also begin to favour cleaner conventional fuels over more polluting ones. For example, for off-grid homes and businesses, the strategy sets out specific plans to phase out high-carbon forms of fossil fuels like oil. As the lowest-carbon conventional off-grid fuel, oil to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) conversions will play a key part in replacing oil in rural parts of the country.
Buildings connected to the mains network will surely remain to see natural gas as a popular choice of energy. This is not only because of its affordability and accessibility, but also because it is the lowest-carbon fossil fuel available. Flogas, which specialises in highly competitive commercial mains gas, expects to see this part of its business continue to go from strength to strength.
Flogas — experts in the energy sector for over 30 years — goes on to predict that the ‘green gas’ phenomenon, which sees natural gas injected with a proportion of environmentally friendly biogas, will become more popular as the Clean Growth Strategy begins to be rolled out.
How industry figures have reacted to the Clean Growth Strategy
The Clean Growth Strategy has been supported by a number of key industry figures since it was detailed.
Flogas’ Managing Director Lee Gannon commented: “Through the publication of its Clean Growth Strategy, the government has made clear its intention to reduce carbon emissions from off-grid UK homes and businesses. Natural gas is affordable, versatile, widely available and – most importantly – emits significantly less carbon than the likes of coal and oil. As such, it will continue to play a central role as the UK works towards cleaning up its energy landscape. We look forward to working alongside policymakers and wider industry stakeholders to make the Clean Growth Strategy the success that it deserves to be.”
Support for the strategy has also been provided by Oil & Gas UK. Mike Tholen, the trade body’s Upstream Policy Director, stated: “Oil & Gas UK welcomes the government’s commitment to technology in the strategy, especially with regards to carbon abatement measures such as carbon capture, usage and storage. Oil & Gas UK looks forward to working with the government to see how these technologies can further reduce emissions across the economy.”
Being eco-friendly today is becoming increasingly important in both domestic and business arenas. By monitoring your energy consumption and the amount of waste you produce, businesses are accepting responsibility for their environmental impact with multiple benefits. Conserving and recycling reduces your running costs, while promoting your environmentally friendly methods can set your business apart from the competition and attract new customers who support the idea of a green enterprise. Let’s explore a business relocation scenario done in an eco-friendly way.
When organizing a business move, there is a variety of tasks that need handling. For many companies, eco-friendliness is not high on their list of priorities. However, making your transition both smooth and green doesn’t really take much of time and money. Hauling all your equipment and furniture to a new location already takes a heavy toll on Mother Nature, just considering the amount of fuel the moving trucks burn. Environmental impact adds on quickly, so you need a solid plant that mitigates all the negative effects of the move and reinstall some green practices.
Reduce, recycle or reuse
The main objective is to reduce the amount of resources spent, and waste generated during the move, as it simultaneously benefits our planet and your budget. Instead of getting rid of stuff and dragging it to the landfill, recycle and repurpose as much as you can. At least today everything from electronics and old batteries to doors and floorboards can be recycled in specialized centres. In addition, there are many charities that will happily pick up your donation of unwanted furniture, printers, computers, and phones which will be put to good use. Alternatively, there are specialized second-hand furniture shops that are capable of taking bulk items of furniture off your hands.
Once you figure out the packing schedule, get your hands on some green packing supplies. Leave the bubble wrap, tape and packing peanuts to the others. Instead, use reusable plastic containers and storage boxes. They are a more sustainable solution and once your move is complete, they can serve as useful storage units. Also, make good use of the items you already have, such as crumpled newspapers, towels, and blankets for wrapping up electronics and other fragile items. In addition, many professional companies of movers offer returnable boxes so you don’t end up with a pile of unwanted plastic clutter in the end.
Transport and logistics
Organizing the logistics of the move is also one of critical matters. Your goal should be to minimize delays and waste during the whole process, but also pay attention to time management and fuel economy. Do your research and rent a vehicle form a local company such as reputable Budget truck hire service, which has a long record of satisfied customers and a diverse fleet of moving vehicles. Discuss the route with the drivers, ensuring that you choose an optimal one that saves money both on gas and rental truck time. If there is a possibility to ship one bulk of your stuff by railway, do it so and combine with a moving truck to produce as little emissions as possible.
Prepare the new location
People tend to use a lot of harmful chemical cleaners that infuse toxins and carcinogens into our life. Although the practice is equally observed in households and business environments, in offices it impacts a large number of people daily. Such practices are more unacceptable when there are various natural alternatives available such as lemon, baking soda, vinegar and ammonia. Used with water, these green cleaners can take care of all your dirty surfaces, leaving the environmentally-friendly shine, why not adopt some of these toxin-free cleaners in your home as well?
While moving inevitably produces a lot of moving parts, pardon the pun, the environmental impact of the undertaking is not to be underestimated. A low-impact relocation calls for a bit of planning, but it’s definitely worth it. Encourage your entire staff to take active part in making the transition as green as possible. Instead of throwing away, reuse, recycle, and donate the surplus items, and avoid producing emission and waste every step of the way. Finally, continue to commit to maintaining an eco-friendly lifestyle in your new offices as well.
Plastic signs are a thing of the past for businesses — with many organisations pushing to become more environmentally friendly. Due to the advancements in technology and more quirkier forms of advertising, the possibilities to stand out from the crowd are endless.
In fact, more businesses are beginning to place portable gobo projectors outside of their buildings to showcase their company logo, as well as any other marketing materials that they want their customers to see when passing. Unlike plastic alternatives, these illuminated signs can capture anyone’s attention and drive forward a message.
Not only is this new trend of business signs more visually pleasing, but they’re also extremely cost efficient and don’t require a lot of maintenance time. Plastic signs are notorious for breaking and can become quite a regular expense for businesses — whether this is replacing a missing letter or having a fresh coat of paint.
Gobos are extremely cheap and long-lasting, which are two of the main reasons why businesses now opt for them over plastic signs. As well as this, they’re much easier to dispose of in comparison to plastic!
The Environmental Problem
Plastic is a growing problem that is having a profound impact on our environment. Made from non-renewable resources, the manufacturing and incineration of the product pollutes the air, land and water while releasing toxins that can have a harsh impact on the wider society.
The world has become very dependent on plastic and reports have suggested that we now produce over 300 million tonnes annually — due to the cheapness and versatility of the material. But what may seem like a positive financially is outweighed by the countless negatives that come with its use.
You won’t be surprised to find that 50% of plastic is used once and then disposed of. But is this then recycled? Apparently not. Studies have shown that only 12% of plastic is actually recycled and properly dealt with in a way that can cause less harm to the environment. The area that accounted for the highest plastic usage was in packaging — occupying around 40%.
This has led businesses around the country to remove the use of plastic from their operations or make it less accessible to the public. In England for example, stores with over 250 employees have been instructed to charge their customers 5p for a plastic carrier bag to reduce plastic bag use and encourage people to support the ‘bag-for-life scheme’. Since this initiative was introduced in 2015, plastic bag use has dropped by 80% in the country, which highlights the success of such necessary measures.
One of the biggest issues raised is the fact that plastic is making its way into our oceans. Dame Ellen McArthur has claimed that the amount of plastic in our ocean will outweigh the number of fish by 2050, which is becoming seemingly more realistic by the day.
Research has also suggested that eight million tonnes of plastic is distributed into our oceans every year. This has led to one in three marine mammals being tangled in litter. So much so, that 50% of turtles have consumed plastic and 90% of seabirds have had pieces of plastic wedged in their stomachs. But this is an issue that can make its way back to the land. For example, once plastic has been in the ocean for a while, chemicals will be released which could potentially be inhaled by fish — this then has the potential to contaminate our food supply chain and cause greater problems to human health.
As a business, it’s your responsibility to make more informed decisions around the use of plastic across your operations. There are countless steps that you can take to make your company eco-friendlier in a way that you can cut down costs at the same time.
Begin by preventing plastic use where you can. Instead of replacing your old, torn outdoor notice, opt for revolutionary gobo that utilises the finest areas of technology while making your business look good.
Why not promote an eco-friendly lifestyle to your employees, too? If you have a water dispenser in your office and find yourself constantly replacing it with plastic cups — why not invest in reusable bottles? From this, you’ll be able to cut down on the cost of plastic cups while helping your staff become more proactive with the use of their products.
‘Sustainability in Design’ was the hot topic in this month’s edition of Packaging News Magazine, with industry leaders citing both the responsibility of designers to respond to sustainability issues, and the responsibility of companies to integrate sustainability ideas into their processes.
Matt Oakley of Taxi Studio wrote for the magazine that consumers are “demanding an environmentally conscious attitude from brands”, with Nick Vaus of Free the Birds agreeing that “sustainability is becoming intrinsic to consumers’ purchasing decisions”.
Adelphi are proud to have these concerns at the forefront of their company ethos: we produce machines with scalability and upgrade options, so that as your company grows and develops, our equipment can be amended accordingly. We are distancing ourselves and our products from the outdated ‘throw it away and start again’ mentality which no longer fits with our social and environmental responsibilities. All our products are designed and created with longevity in mind, and even our premises demonstrate how heavily we subscribe to this school of thought; the Adelphi Group has recently settled into our new environmentally aware production facility ‘The Friary’.
The impressive premises took several months to complete, and were constructed over the top of Adelphi’s old temporary warehouse space, which enabled business activities to continue to flow without disrupting production and dispatch. The Friary now includes a number of features which provide major improvements to the overall business operations. The main space is occupied by a large machine hall with twelve working stations, all with their own service point for electrics, air and data. This offers ample space for several machine builds at any one time, ensuring that customer orders can be satisfied regardless of workloads. Stores also occupies a double mezzanine area for the three engineering companies within the Adelphi group. With the addition of these new features as well as a machine shop, Adelphi has the ability to bring more and more of its processes and production in-house, from design through to fabrication, including machining, wiring and programming.
In line with the company pledge “to support the local economy and the natural environment”, the Friary took into account energy efficiency at every stage of the build, and as a result eco-friendly LED lighting was installed, thermal testing was conducted, high quality insulation introduced, and solar panels were mounted on the roof of Adelphi Healthcare Packaging’s warehouse facility which now produce more power than we use. Adelphi’s buildings have also been constructed to harvest rainwater for use in the company’s cleaning and plumbing.
Whilst work was underway on The Friary, an exciting discovery was made in the form of an old artesian well, which along with the harvested rainwater now serves all the buildings on site with water for cleaning.
Adelphi recognises the responsibility of companies to integrate sustainability ideas into their processes and facilities. We are exceptionally proud of our premises, and are always pleased to welcome customers and contacts to the site for tours. If you would like to check out what Adelphi has to offer, please visit www.adelphi.uk.com.
If you own an e-commerce business, reducing the adverse effects your operations have on the environment might be the least of your priorities – and it might be because you think that going green will take a toll on your business.
But, the good news is going green will actually save you more and ensure business success in the long run particularly when the awareness of consumers on the importance of sustainable living becomes more evident.
What’s even better is that while making the switch may seem difficult at first, there are several steps you can take to start with your new initiative. In this infographic, Green Courier, a leading courier company in London, presents the many ways you can make the switch into a green e-commerce business.
After years of doom and gloom, construction industry is undergoing a resurgence in growth. This time around, there is even bigger concern for the impact that boom will have on the environment. Across the globe, we see construction companies and contractors wreaking havoc on the natural habitat and spending resources like there is no tomorrow. The good news is that winds of change are sweeping across, but we are still advancing at a sluggish pace in many areas. This is simply not acceptable, not if we want to ensure better and greener future for everyone.
A pollution behemoth
The construction industry is using millions of tons of material and producing a staggering amount of waste and air pollution. The sector in U.S. alone accounts for 160 million of non-industrial waste every year and the amount of emissions is growing. To make it worse, the negative effects also encompass climate change and drinking water pollution. Let us also not forget that according to some estimates, construction industry devours 40% of the global energy use.
The problem is largely in products used in contraction projects, such as chemicals on site, diesel trucks, and non-recyclable materials. Concrete, aluminum, and steel are particularly damaging as they have “embodied energy content” and are responsible for the lion’s share of CO2 emissions. Current policies and practices of reducing pollutants and omissions are ineffective for the most part. Therefore, one the first changes must come in the form of tighter rules and regulation.
It should be noted that countries like Australia are moving away from traditional, government intervention model. They are transitioning towards innovative models of sustainable procurement. It encourages private, public, and third-sector organizations to work together and leave a positive legacy to community. Many contractors and dependable home builders in Sydney and other major cities are awakening to this new reality. Situation in regional and remote communities is improving as well.
Turning a new leaf
And yet, that is not enough. Materials need to be used to minimize the environmental footprint. Sustainability must be engraved into every building block and design concept, right from the get-go. Adhering to EPA’s principle of “protecting the environment comes first” is not really optional. So, businesses must make an effort to fully incorporate eco-friendliness into contractor orientation process. Some of the crucial rules are related to erosion and sediment controls, as well as soil stabilization.
Along the similar lines, putting the pollution prevention measures in place is paramount. These mechanisms mitigate the impact of chemicals in construction processes. Their goal is to ensure that pollutants are discharged correctly and safely from all equipment used on sites, including vehicles. Moreover, notice that some discharges are prohibited. These instances involve wastewater from washout of concrete and discharge from fossil fuels and oils.
Rise of green building
The lodestar everyone needs to follow is green building. This sector is growing rapidly and shifting the urban landscape of today. It encompasses a set of best practices that promote the use of recyclable and environmentally-friendly materials. Furthermore, green buildings are designed to keep operating costs and energy requirements low. They also use renewable and clean energy sources, such as solar power. One of the most daring innovations is the concept of passive and zero-net buildings.
The latter one completely eliminates grid dependency and even generates a surplus of green power. This only goes to show what is possible to achieve with clear vision, commitment, and ingenuity. And hopefully, this is just the beginning. More stunning changes are on the horizon, such as wooden skyscrapers. Once policy-makers come on board with the agenda, we can make strides towards this green frontier. There are many more hurdles to overcome, but at least we are moving in the right direction.
A fresh restart
If there was ever any doubt, today the situation is as clear as a day. We must stop laying waste to the environment in order to expand our residential and industrial areas in a new way. Everyone stands to benefit from transformation— businesses, governments, inhabitants, and Mother Nature. So, it is high time for conduction industry to embrace suitability and energy-efficiency as foundations for residential and commercial projects of all shapes and sizes. We need nothing short of a revolution, complete pivot to green building.
Today, more than 30 years after the first eco-label appeared, there are more than 400 different eco-labels that can be found on various products and in almost every industry.
Getting an eco-label is beneficial not only for the producers but also for the consumers that are buying products with these labels.
When company puts an eco-label on its products it makes a statement about controlling the impact of its business on the environment. Also, these labels can improve their business reputation in the marketplace and differentiate them from the competitors.
Nowadays, when consumers are more aware of the impact of their purchasing decisions on the environment, they more often choose to buy eco-friendly products. By using an eco-label on their products, companies raise awareness about the environmental issues and help consumers make a greener choice. Products with these labels are more appealing to consumers, since they can easily spot the eco-label symbols and find the product they’ve been looking for.
See this infographic from Custom Labels and learn about the most popular eco-labels around the world.
When entrepreneurs start planning their company, the last thing they think about is waste management. However, this can be costly if not done correctly and prove to be a challenge to business owners across the country who have no experience with waste disposal.
Waste management is one area that business owners must consider when starting out, as it can account for 4-5% of a company’s overall turnover — businesses could experience highs of 10% of gross profits.
If employers do not want to act appropriately and ethically when disposing waste, these fees can be detrimental to their business. With rising landfill taxes, as well as recycling and sustainability becoming a main concern within ethical business principles, creating a reliable waste management solution is more important than ever for any forward-thinking business that is looking to make a change.
A business’ duty of care
Organisations throughout the UK have a responsibility to effectively dispose their waste — staying in line with guidelines set out in UK legislation. The requirements that you should meet are broadly as follows:
- Adopt the Waste Hierarchy principles in order to keep waste to a minimum by preventing, reusing, recycling, and recovering waste where possible.
- Store or sort waste securely in a safe environment.
- Complete a waste transfer note for each load of waste that leaves the premises.
- Check to establish whether your waste carrier is registered. This can be done by visiting the official Environment Agency
- Do not let your waste carrier dispose of waste illegally. As a producer of waste, the legal responsibility for safe and correct disposal falls on you, and not the waste carrier. You have a responsibility to ensure safe disposal through an auditable document trail.
Securing waste as a business
Businesses are responsible for storing waste to ensure public safety, they should:
- Use suitable and EU-approved containers to prevent leakage.
- Label containers in a way which clearly stipulates what type of waste they contain.
- Use waterproof covers — where appropriate — so that no contaminated run-offs are created.
- Use lockable containers to safeguard your waste.
Removing waste from your business site
Businesses that want to remove the non-hazardous waste that they produce must complete a waste transfer note — an alternative that could be used is an invoice that holds the same information.
To fill out a transfer note, whether this is a singular or a series which allows you to account for many loads in the future, you must register with the correct authorities.
Your organisation and any sub-contracts must:
- Fill in the sections of the note that applies to them.
- Sign it.
- Keep a copy for two years.
- Be able to present it to an enforcement officer from the local council or the Environment Agency, if requested.
How to reduce the costly removal of waste
Reducing external cost for waste management is a goal that businesses should have. However, this can be a leap in the dark if business owners are uncertain of how to do this effectively.
To discover how much material and what type of material you’re using, start segregating and monitoring regularly. From this, you can set your strategy, highlighting your own targets and goals to ensure the best results possible when it comes to disposal.
Businesses that produce waste must be aware of TEEP — technically, environmentally and economically practicable. This determines whether a business should segregate and store various types of produced waste within the business premises prior to its collection by a waste management contractor you have teamed up with.
Businesses in Britain, which produces commercial and municipal waste, is required to manage its waste responsibly — according to the Waste Framework set out by the EU. It can use a third party to achieve this, but businesses will continue to remain responsible. There are many reasons as to why a business may need to separate the waste that they have produced, and one which stands with the highest ethical standard is whether there will be an environmental benefit or reduce a negative that currently exists.
How much waste are you producing?
Teaming up with a waste management company will allow your business to have a greater insight on the waste you produce, showing the volumes and cost. Through waste management portals, each business can have tailored permissions that help provide them with an overview of waste statistics and management information.
To test the waters of how much waste your business is producing, and before going down the route of using a waste management contractor, it might be worth visually assessing how much waste your organisation is disposing on a regular basis. Monitor the bins over a week until they are collected by noting how much waste a bin holds and how full it is before the collection date.
It’s important for businesses to test the waters by reducing the amount of waste collections and see how much time it takes until there is too much waste in your bins — this can lead executives to make better decisions when disposing. They will have to deal with the limited bin space they have for waste, ensuring that every decision is important.
Landfill tax over the years has been increasing, so carrying out these assessments are essential to ensure a smooth business process in terms of waste management strategies.
By 1st of April 2018, landfill tax will raise to £88.95. With the cost of landfill waste rising year or year, it’s clear that businesses need to ensure that their waste solution systems are driven towards recyclable methods to keep the costs of landfill waste to a minimum.
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Anyone who’s worked in construction will tell you that when you’re on the job, you’re always thinking about the finished product. Taking a concept from blueprints and transforming it into an actual, physical building is an amazing accomplishment. It’s an achievement that takes devotion and single-mindedness to achieve. Unfortunately, perfecting your project can lead to a whole lot of waste as well as an impressive building. If not handled properly, that waste can hurt both the environment and the community around the construction site.
Here are a few details on how proper clean-up makes a difference, and why you should never be satisfied until you’ve done your duty in this area.
You might think of your construction project as a gift to your community, and it probably is. Whatever you’re building, there will probably be people going in and out of the building on a regular basis. Leaving sharp bits of metal left in the grass, or dusts that could be harmful if inhaled is a bit like giving someone a cake and leaving rocks in the frosting. It stands to reason that your project will be better appreciated by those that use it if it’s hazard-free when it’s presented to them.
Leaving waste from a construction project is like exponential littering to the. Piles of debris aren’t usually left lying around after a building is finished, but even dust can be harmful in large quantities. In addition, there are often plenty of smaller scraps that don’t make it out with the rest of the trash. Bits of plastic, screws, and oil stains can not only look bad, but they can also have an effect on the plant and animal life living in the area. Animals can hurt themselves walking across the area, or can ingest something harmful by mistake. Construction dust mixing with topsoil can kill insects and worsen soil quality, making it harder for things to grow.
When handling your clean up, try to think like a boy scout. While it might not be possible to “leave no trace”, as their motto goes, you may find that taking an extra hour to set your employees working on picking up any leftovers they can see will make a big difference.
There are all kinds of hazardous materials that can be involved in a construction project. These toxins and chemicals won’t go away by magic, but take a concerted effort to carefully remove. Obviously, as far as toxins go it’s easier to avoid contaminating the area with them than cleaning them up, but accidents happen. If there are any spills on the job, be sure that they are cleaned up as soon as possible. The longer you sit on this, the worse it can become. If you think you may have something more than an ordinary clean-up on your hands, consider contacting a professional like Alliance Demolition Services Inc. or someone similar for help handling it. Make sure that all involved with the removal have proper safety materials on as well.
Your construction projects can bring in jobs for your community, but have you considered how construction clean-up can do the same? You can hire people who are well-equipped to handle such demanding jobs. To be involved in construction clean-up, you need to be as strong-willed as possible. Make sure anyone you hire is able to attack this task with absolute vigor.
We hope this has given you a great idea of how construction clean-up makes a difference. Taking the time to ensure that your cleanup is done correctly will make a huge difference in the health of the environment, as well as the community. Take it seriously.
There’s no need to say that concrete plays an important role in our everyday lives. After all, it’s the material that’s been used to build things like apartment blocks, schools, bridges, and many other constructions we tend to visit on daily basis. And even though concrete is used so much, very few people understand just how sustainable concrete is. That’s why we’ve decided to compile a list of 6 sustainability benefits of using concrete. Read on to find out more.
One of the best things about concrete is that it’s pretty durable. This means that all the concrete constructions are more likely to come to the end of their life because there’s no further use for them rather than concrete failing due to old age. Even then, demolition isn’t always the only option since a construction can easily be stripped down to its concrete core and rebuilt into something new.
We’ve all heard about heat islands that are constantly becoming a bigger problem for metropolitan areas. That’s where concrete comes in handy since it minimizes the effects that produce urban heat islands. This is the case because light-colored concrete roofs and pavements absorb less heat. Moreover, concrete tends to reflect more solar radiation than some other materials like asphalt. Due to the reflectivity of concrete, less energy is used on air-conditioning during the warm months.
Another great thing about concrete is that it can be produced quite effectively. What this means is that usually, concrete is produced in quantities necessary for a project that’s about to take place, thus reducing the waste. Not only this, but the concrete that has been used for constructing a building can be used once again, even once there’s no further use for that building. Concrete can be crushed, recycled and used for pavements or as a road base.
Homes built with concrete foundations, walls and floors are more energy efficient than homes built with any other material. Concrete possesses the ability to both absorb and retain heat, which allows homeowners to spend much less on their heating bills. On top of this, due to concrete’s thermal mass, people with concrete homes need to spend less money on air conditioners since even the small-capacity ones can do the job.
Limestone is the most popular option when it comes to raw materials for producing concrete, which is great since our planet is extremely rich in limestone. Some other materials used for producing concrete include ash, silica fume and slag cement, which are all byproducts from manufacturing facilities. So, if you turn to experts in tilt up construction, you can rest assured no rare materials have been used for producing your concrete tilt panels.
The problem with paved surfaces is that they block natural water infiltration into the soil. This can easily create an imbalance in the ecosystem and can result in issues such as pollution and erosion. Luckily, we now have pervious concrete which allows water to infiltrate the soil. This is due to pervious concrete’s sponge-like void networks. So, when this type of concrete is used for sidewalks and roads, it can help when it comes to replenishing local water supplies.
Floods have the potential to destroy homes and that’s why it’s very important to use water resilient materials when constructing a building. Only this way can all the damage floods can do be prevented. Concrete is pretty water resilient, but whether a building is waterproof or water resilient, depends on what type of concrete is used for construction. Of course, there are other design details that determine just how efficiently a building can keep water out.
All in all, concrete really is an eco-friendly environment you can’t just go wrong with, no matter what kind of building you’re constructing. And since today it’s all about being environmentally-friendly, relying on concrete is always recommended.