Reed Carter

Practices of Environmentally Friendly Construction

As the United States and other countries continue to develop and grow, the construction industry will continue to thrive. As the construction industry continues to boom many environmental activists will argue that the industry will turn out high rates of pollution that is increasing the pending threat of global warming. However, these such acquisitions are false and are based on dated construction practices. These critics are for the most part nieeve to the modern construction practices at hand today.

How Did This Criticism Come About?

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) stands to protect society and our environment from both major health and environmental risk by which they create laws and regulations to do The EPA had once stated that construction projects are causing surrounding environments to be heavily polluted, particularly surrounding water pools. These past claims have recently gained more support by smaller parties when discussing the topic of climate change and its causes. As many want to point a finger at someone to blame, the construction industry has gotten a great amount of backlash. However, such critics of the construction industry and its current environmental practices have little to no background on the construction industry. These modern-day speculations are based off old means of performing construction as well as dated EPA claims. Thusly, if you look at the facts there is a very minimal amount to present data that hints that the construction industry is at fault for such high amounts of pollution.

What You Didn’t Know About The Industry

With such a lack of knowledge in the industry, many people undermine the high amount of regulations that are applied to modern construction to assure environmentally safe practices. Every company must have a current updated SWPPP (Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan) which is intended to maintain effective pollution measures during a project to ensure pollutants are discharged correctly and safely with little impact on the environment Furthermore, the EPA makes it so certain harmful discharges are prohibited. It is also believed that no environmental benefits come from construction, yet that is completely wrong. There are a variety of ways that construction can aide in taking care of the environment, for example erosion and sediment controls are implemented to curtail storm water controls and by minimizing the amount of soil exposed during construction activity. Similarly soil stabilization is a must on each job site and is to be initiated immediately whenever you are carrying out excavating work The stabilization process must be completed within a time period applicable to local rules and regulations.

A Greener Industry

As the topic of Global Warming and Climate change become more prevalent amongst society, building “green” has begun to take a stand in the construction industry. By using environmentally materials, the industry can save 250 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually, according to environmental group LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). In relation, “green” building continues to double every three years according to a new report by Dodge Data and Analytics More and more construction firms are beginning to build projects that are both sustainable and energy efficient. This desire for a greener industry has led the EPA to collaborate with the National Institute of Building Sciences to create a Green Building Construction Guide.

Keep in Mind

It is important to note that the road to the future is built through construction, so before one is able to point a finger at the construction industry and blame them for the high levels of pollution that is occurring today they must first do the research to back these false claims rather than base them of a lack of knowledge of the construction industry.