In today’s eco-conscious society, we are continually reminded that sustainability should be at the forefront of our thinking. Nowhere is this more so than in construction where, despite advances in technology, we continue to generate huge amounts of waste and use materials that are far from sustainable and costly in the energy used in their production.
Why does sustainability matter?
Sustainability in its global sense is concerned with managing the Earth’s resources for the benefit of everyone on the planet both now and in the future. We are all aware of the damage caused by the exploitation of resources but it’s not always obvious how this relates to our day to day activities.
The construction industry has been, and still is, wasteful of resources. 32% of waste sent to landfill comes from construction sites. 13% of products delivered to construction sites go straight to landfill without ever being used. Clearly, there is scope for the industry to do a lot more to improve sustainability.