Green buildings help to preserve vital natural resources and create healthier environments for people to live and work in. To achieve these resource-efficient buildings, informed and environmentally responsible choices must be made throughout the entire lifecycle of a building – from planning, design and construction through to operation, maintenance and demolition.
The construction industry has an important role to play in achieving green buildings, and strong potential to influence: the reliance on water and energy; the selection of sustainable building materials; and the reduction of waste.
Reducing energy consumption and relying on more sustainable energy forms are important aspects of achieving green buildings. Here are some tips to improve energy efficiency during construction.
Coates Hire’s Silver Service Maintenance Program ensures the regular and effective servicing of its fleet of over 1 million hire assets, enhancing equipment performance and reducing emissions.
Water is one of the world’s most at-risk resources, so it must be used sparingly and sustainably in construction – and in the manufacture of building materials. To reduce water consumption in construction:
The selection of building materials affects the whole lifecycle performance of buildings. To help achieve green buildings, specify materials that:
The environmental performance of building materials is also influenced by where and how they are sourced. Buying locally reduces carbon emissions from transportation, and materials that are sustainably sourced will also have reduced environmental impact.
In 2019 Coates Hire implemented a new Transport Management System to reduce emissions and improve the efficiency of all transport activities. This technology now supports better planning and fleet utilisation and reduced carbon emissions.
The focus on reducing waste in construction is hardly surprising – given the construction industry contributes almost 40% of Australia’s waste production each year. The message for reducing construction waste is clear: simply reduce, reuse and recycle.
Developing a waste minimisation strategy can help to focus waste reduction efforts around these areas, and may include some of the following strategies:
In partnering to deliver major construction projects across Australia, Coates Hire is committed to achieving excellence in environmental practices and supporting the sustainability and environmental performance of its customers. Find out how Coates Hire is working to improve sustainability in construction. Alternatively, reach out to our team or find your local branch.
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