There are several factors that can help in reducing construction waste. Managing, minimizing and reusing construction materials is very much possible.
The construction industry is suffering a labor shortage with little end in sight. Robots in construction may present some solutions while raising the bar for productivity.
Design is a big factor in keeping affordable housing costs down. Shared housing, smaller units, modular construction, sustainability and adaptive reuse are just some of the ongoing trends that builders and architects are putting into play to reduce the costs associated with construction and building operation.
Aging buildings don’t always need to be torn down. Adaptive reuse – where an existing building is repurposed for a use other than its original design – can net huge benefits for cost savings and the environment, and also play a part in preserving heritage as historical elements of a building can stay intact.
Net zero carbon. Passive House. These two terms have been of much discussion in the world of building design and are now becoming more enticing to the eco-conscious public. But what does it all mean, and are such goals Utopian or achievable?
With the commercial and residential building sector accounting for 39 per cent of CO2 emissions in the United States per year, building owners, occupants and the public are showing interest in building materials that are not only aesthetically pleasing but safe for the planet.