Construction makes up everything around us. Without construction, we wouldn’t have places to eat, sleep, work and shop. Nor would we have cities, entertainment centres or architecture. Construction is one of the most important things which brings communities together and facilitates us to lead richer lives, which is why we must do everything to ensure that construction is sustainable.
Ever frequently, more efforts are being made to make buildings greener to improve their sustainability, for example, buildings are being made more self-sufficient, whether that is through rainwater harvesting, solar panels or natural air conditioning units. These eco-buildings are great developments sustainable living, however, sustainable construction incorporates much more than just green initiatives after project completion.
Sustainability and construction processes do not tend to go hand in hand. The construction industry produces in excess of 120 million tonnes of waste every year, making it accountable for approximately one third of all waste in the UK. However, much is being done to change attitudes and behaviours in the construction industry. For example, WRAP introduced a campaign to half the amount of construction waste which ends up on landfill. By educating on the alternatives to throwing waste on to landfill, many companies in the construction industry are taking new approaches to materials used in building projects.
The waste hierarchy has become a widely practiced approach to waste management on construction projects, in pursuit of increasingly more sustainable practices. By using the waste hierarchy as an approach to managing construction waste, it highlights the preferred waste management procedures at the top, down to the least favourable:
Temporary protection materials such as floor protection, window protectors and door protectors are essential in preventing expensive and bulky waste, for example, damaged furnishings during the construction process leads to high levels of landfill waste. Therefore, Protec International Ltd’s sustainability team, Edit Fillingham and Jim Riley have been working with the Supply Chain Sustainability School for the past three years to facilitate and promote sustainable practices for our organisation and supply chain partners.
Sustainability during projects runs much wider than sustainable product development. The Supply Chain Sustainability School highlights responsibilities for sustainable economic development as well as investing sustainability in people. Protec has invested in communities by visiting schools to educate children about the possibilities of following careers in construction. For more information on Protec visiting the school, please visit www.greatbusiness.gov.uk/small-companies-go-to-big -school/.
Protec has been working with supply chain partners to improve sustainability by connecting, networking and facilitating product usage among customers. Our responsibility for providing sustainable solutions into the construction industry, as a UK based supplier and manufacturer minimises waste which impacts both on local communities and the planet’s finite resources.
Please contact Protec’s sustainability team on 01625 855 000 (etc) for the best sustainable temporary protection solutions for your construction and building projects.