Thanks to a growing awareness of the impact of carbon emissions, air and ground pollution, and other byproducts of progress, maintaining green construction projects has become more critical than ever. Here are some industry trends to keep on your radar in 2018.
1. Disaster-Proof Construction
Both new and old projects have to meet specific standards, many of which can be negatively affected by climate change. Property owners everywhere are experiencing financial hits due to climate change. The damage is still climbing and expected to reach $400 billion.
According to FEMA, every dollar spent on resilient construction saves four dollars in recovery and damage control. To prevent expensive damage, resources are being channelled into the construction of buildings and infrastructure that will either withstand disasters or successfully adapt to them, such as:
- Wind-resistant roofing
- Building materials that are both storm and water-resistant
- Elevated building designs
Construction methods that anticipate disaster can help prevent buildings from being demolished in natural calamities and minimise the scope of any necessary recovery effort.
The construction industry produces tons of waste per year, so it makes sense that recycling remaining materials is happening more and more. Renovation and demolition projects are a couple examples of undertakings that produce a lot of excess material, much of which is now being recycled instead of sent to a landfill. Even concrete is being reused as an aggregate foundation for roads.