How Changes in the Environment Affect the Construction Industry

According to the UK's Green Building Council, the construction sector uses more than 400 million tons of material per year, many of which have an adverse environmental impact. In addition, according to the council, the US construction industry accounts for 160 million tons, or 25 percent, of non-industrial waste production per year.

According to the latest study, the construction sector contributes 23% of air pollution, 50% of climate change, 40% of drinking water pollution and 50% of landfill waste. In a separate study by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the construction industry accounts for 40% of global energy consumption; by 2030, emissions from commercial buildings will increase by 1.8%.

The Energy Star International Program, EPA, and the US Department of Energy have teamed up to create an Energy Star program that promotes the use of energy efficient materials in buildings throughout the United States.

For example, the use of energy-efficient thermal insulation PIR in construction allows to reduce the electricity consumption for heating the building by up to 30%. Polyurethane foam is environmentally safe and meets hygienic standards for use in residential construction, cold stores and food facilities. ISOPIR heat-insulating plates are produced without the use of freons, the material is easily recycled at the construction site.

 

Industrial Recycling Program - The Agency has also identified initiatives specifically targeted at the construction industry, such as the EPA Industrial Recycling Program, which provides information on how construction debris can be recycled to help the construction sector's environmental impact. Under this program, industrial materials “can be recycled into construction applications” used by workers on site, and can even “improve product quality.”

The GreenScapes EPA program - this program offers “cost-effective” and “environmentally friendly solutions” for large-scale construction projects related to land improvement. The main objective of this program is to suppress waste and environmental pollution and help protect natural resources during the construction process.