What Are Sustainable Construction Practices?

Sustainability is a rapidly growing trend in the construction industry. In 2016 and beyond the construction industry will continue to move toward sustainable building materials and methods as it becomes ever important for new buildings to limit their impact on growing urban communities. The United States has become a world leader in sustainable construction methods in several regions, and Adelhardt Construction has implemented many of the latest recognized sustainable best practices with recent projects.

With over half of the world’s population residing in urban areas, it is clear that sustainable construction methods will become the foundation of long term environmental viability in the future. Construction companies that desire to be at the cutting edge of their industry must incorporate sustainable methods, and both clients and the government are increasingly rewarding the firms that have made a clear effort.

A definition of sustainable construction

Sustainable construction essentially aims to meet the current building needs of the world’s population while protecting the environment for future generations. Broader definitions of sustainable construction include the economic and social effect that it can have on world society.

Some of the issues that are covered by sustainable construction include:

  • Building maintenance and operation
  • Energy efficiency
  • Construction processes and technology
  • Building materials and their performance
  • Health and safety
  • Working conditions
  • Building use flexibility

Ongoing education and the availability of knowledge and scientific studies is integral to sustainable construction and there is a large academic sector dedicated to it.


Buildings have a potential impact on the public health

It is essential to understand the potential impact of buildings on public health to further understand why sustainability is so crucial to the future of the construction industry. Construction projects affect the health of the public on three levels: the health of the occupants of the building and the workers, the health of the local community, and the health of the larger community.

The immediate health of the occupants of the building is affected by the indoor air and the materials used in the construction of the building. The physical design of the building affects the indoor airflow, particles and toxins in the air, and ventilation. Sustainable methods are used to ensure that construction air emissions are managed and that the health of the building’s occupants is taken into great consideration.

The surrounding community can be affected by the construction ofa building, particularly the air and water quality in the immediate area. The release of chemicals into the air from a poorly constructed building can occur gradually over a period of time. For example, the exhaust from HVAC systems can have VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from low quality building materials that can affect the air.

The larger global community can also be impacted by the construction of a building, as poorly constructed buildings can release toxic compounds that can bio-accumulate in ecosystems. Some toxins have a long life and can affect ecosystems that are a far distance away from the original construction site.

The goal for sustainable construction is to limit the impact that the construction of a building can have on all three of these levels by utilizing safe, minimally impacting methods and materials. Adelhardt Construction is proud to be committed toutilizing sustainable construction methods in the New York region, with sustainable technology being incorporated in several recent projects.

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