Industry Trends: Demand for Sustainable Construction Continues to Grow

Posted by Steve Mansell on September 6, 2018

Sustainable is the concept of creating things so they leave the smallest carbon footprint. It has become a buzzword across multiple industries in 2018 and the construction sector is no exception. Sustainable, or green construction, requires contractors to use practices that won’t cause long-term damage to the environment. This isn’t a passing fad either, rather it is becoming an essential part of the industry. For companies to stay competitive, they will have to adapt. So, what’s hot in the world of sustainable construction?

The first trend is zero net buildings. This type of construction uses on-site renewable energy sources, like solar roofing panels, to generate as much power as the building uses on an annual basis.

Another trend that is gaining a lot of traction is the prefabrication process. This innovative method of construction cuts waste, decreases set-up time, eliminates toxic substances from the assembly process and never compromises integrity or quality. The process allows for construction materials like steel to be recycled.

Speaking of materials, more and more companies are utilizing green and sustainable building items, and the market is growing quickly. This includes materials made from renewable resources and/or ones that can be recycled at the end of their lifespan. Concrete and steel are two of the most commonly used materials at construction sites, but they aren’t completely sustainable. However, there have been many innovations in the manufacturing process that have substantially decreased greenhouse gas emissions.

There is another type of sustainable construction made from smart, 100% recyclable materials. The process, known as modular construction, involves pop-ups and permanent modular buildings that are built with the latest technological solutions. These types of projects tend to be very costly.

Many of these renewable materials are in high demand and should be well-protected. Fortunately, there are also green security options that don’t leave a large carbon footprint. For example, IP video surveillance offers significant savings over analog CCTV systems since one server can handle a substantial number of digital cameras, reducing energy consumption. Remote video surveillance is an effective way to eliminate unnecessary driving for false alarm checks and for monitoring on-site progress. When you add video analytics, trained monitoring operators are notified of suspicious activity. They can then easily verify it before calling a guard or police to drive to the site, which can reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Buildings occupy a lot of space and utilize an abundance of resources, both during construction and when they are in use. The ultimate goal of sustainable construction is to minimize their impact on the environment during each phase of the process.

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