Recent studies point to the construction industry as a large contributor to pollution in New Zealand. As one of the country's vital industries, is it possible for the industry to flourish without compromising the state of the environment? Yes, there are plenty of opportunities to reduce waste, pollution and carbon footprint in the construction industry, specifically in commercial construction.
Many businesses in New Zealand have growing interest in adopting sustainable methods and practices. Unfortunately, a number of these do not understand what sustainability entails.
Reusing Pre-Existing Structures and Foundations
According to one sustainable design principle, the greenest building is one that already exists. Using a pre-existing structure or foundation may seem unconventional at first. However, building over a pre-existing foundation or reusing an existing structure will reduce the use and production of new materials. By using pre-existing materials, organisations can reduce emissions, waste and pollution that come with producing new building materials.
Keeping Carbon 'Deposits'
Several studies have cited carbon footprint and carbon emissions to measure a building's environmental impact. While conceptual carbon measurement is important in identifying environmental effects, there is a need for businesses to see carbon more than just a measurement but as a critical agent of climate change.
Traditional building materials like steel, concrete and plastics release large quantities of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which results in the poor environmental performance of the building. Biomass such as wood and other plant-based materials, on the other hand, mitigates carbon emissions by isolating carbon and depositing more than what it releases.
Sustainable Modular Building
When it comes to reducing carbon emissions, another known method is modular construction. Studies have proven that modular construction can significantly reduce energy, waste and construction costs since most of the construction is performed in a safe and controlled environment. Excess materials in modular building are reused in the workshop, resulting in minimal waste.
Studies found that a single modular construction project saves around 3,600 kilograms of waste. Additionally, modular construction completes projects 30 to 50 per cent faster than traditional construction.
Modular Construction Specialists in Auckland
Achieve sustainability with A-Line Construction's design and construction services. Our vast construction knowledge and expertise is drawn from 20 years of servicing Auckland and other nearby areas.
Liaising with only one company from the initial planning phase to the actual construction provides you with clear communication and peace of mind. This is what we offer at A-Line Construction. We deliver projects with total accountability and minimal project risks for your convenience.
Design & Build Construction Method
We promote our Design & Build construction method as the best option in the building industry. The Design & Build method is a relatively simple approach that cuts time and costs while minimising waste and risks.
Providing complete turnkey solutions, our Design & Build services achieve time savings, continuity, clear communication and true collaboration. From the project managers to the builders, every member of the team is working towards the same goal – your goal.