With rising oil demand, it is estimated that the Earth will reach its full capacity for oil consumption within the next 20 years. This is despite the fact that oil production is decreasing, and the construction industry is no exception, according to Niftylift.
The construction industry relies on crude oil production for low-cost energy resources to power machines used in manufacturing processes. This is concerning because construction currently accounts for 50% of all carbon emissions produced by machinery in the UK.
Fortunately, the industry is beginning to recognise the problems caused by pollution. They are enacting changes to mitigate some of the long-term threats posed by pollution to our planet.
Furthermore, government legislation will require construction companies to use green practises in their manufacturing processes.
Moving forward, energy-efficient technologies will be used in building construction as well as finished design. This can benefit businesses financially; for example, eco-friendly construction firms in the United States saw estimated revenues of $245 billion last year.
Eco-friendly building methods
If the design and implementation of a building are to be environmentally beneficial, three factors must be considered.
To begin, are the materials sourced locally and renewed, or is there an opportunity to recycle these materials?
Second, where possible, the energy used to construct the structure should not be wasted. Some machines can be overused, resulting in the waste of expendable energy.
Nifty Lift access platforms are built with hybrid motor technologies to ensure that no energy is wasted on a construction site. They have a ‘electric only’ setting, which ensures that the electric engine emits no emissions when running. The electric engine can be used in tandem with a diesel engine to ensure that neither is overworked.
Finally, after the structure is built, is the energy generated within it wasted?
During construction, resources such as recycled paper can be used to insulate the building’s roof. This is also a more cost-effective and practical method of producing the materials. Timber can also be sourced locally from sustainable forests, or reclaimed wood can be used to avoid the felling of more trees.
Ecological structure and design examples
The construction industry is already incorporating energy-efficient and environmentally friendly technologies into their manufacturing processes and structures.
Following are some examples: • Solar energy panels: These panels can be used for a variety of purposes, including generating electricity for the building, powering boilers, and generating hot water for the property. • Water filtration and drainage systems: Water can be reused through one of these systems, resulting in less water waste. The biological waste is safely treated and recycled. Rainwater can also be collected by drain systems that lead to the garden for plants, reducing the amount of wasteful water taken from the tap.
• Low-energy lighting: A simple switch from standard bulbs to low-energy bulbs saves 100 percent of energy because low-energy bulbs are said to last twice as long as standard bulbs.
The advantages of environmentally friendly construction and buildings
If green energy technologies for water and energy are implemented, a building’s operating costs can be reduced by around a third.
Artificial lighting costs can be kept to a minimum if the level of natural day light is taken into account during the design process. Furthermore, vitamin D from sunlight can improve a building’s ‘indoor environment quality,’ benefiting the health of all occupants within the structure.
Green building manufacturers will save money by using recyclable and long-lasting materials in the construction process because fewer materials will need to be used or replaced over time, and less energy will be required and used to produce the building.
Finally, these processes contribute to slowing the rate of climate change, which is always the end goal of any construction process that strives to be greener, more economically efficient, and ergonomically designed.
Environmentally friendly construction helps to keep the environment clean by using fewer processes that pollute the environment and more processes that work in tandem with the environment.