2023-07-11 | 3 min read
Green construction, an innovative approach prioritising environmental sustainability and efficiency in building design and management, is becoming increasingly important in our era of climate change. This blog explores the current state, future trends, and importance of this sector.
Currently, green construction practices focus on utilising sustainable materials and implementing energy-efficient techniques. Technological advancements have introduced automated building tools and green building certification tools like BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) to further push the envelope. However, challenges remain, such as higher upfront costs and a lack of awareness about these practices.
Technology is instrumental in advancing green construction. Building Information Modelling (BIM) and AI are being used for optimal design and resource management. 3D printing allows rapid prototyping and reduced waste. Smart grids and buildings, alongside IoT devices, enhance energy efficiency. One example of technology supporting green construction is the Insite app. Insite is a collaborative Web & mobile construction software designed to manage and close out audits and inspections. It offers a simple and efficient way to track project progress, streamline construction workflows, and improve quality control. By reducing inefficiencies, the app supports green construction by saving time and avoiding costly delays that can impact both budget and environmental footprint.
A real-life example of successful implementation of Insite is from Ashe, a client who has adopted Insite for their core operations. They transformed their Quality Assurance and snagging processes, using Insite to digitise and streamline their operations. This has resulted in efficiency gains, time savings, and enhanced sustainability while delivering high-quality projects.
With Insite, we’ve digitised our Quality Assurance process, integrating electronic QITPs. This transition has boosted efficiency, saving our Site Managers time and reducing our carbon footprint, enhancing sustainability.
This tangible case study clearly demonstrates how digital tools like Insite are paving the way for greener, more sustainable construction practices.
Green construction is not static. Innovations include prefabrication and modular construction, which minimise waste and increase efficiency. Passive houses and zero-energy buildings aim for minimal to zero net energy consumption. Biophilic designs, which incorporate natural elements, and circular construction promoting recycling and reusing materials, are growing trends. Examples of such innovative projects include the Bullitt Centre in Seattle, the world’s greenest commercial building.
Looking ahead, the focus is shifting towards carbon neutrality, tighter green building regulations, renewable energy integration, urban farming, green roofs, and advanced green building rating systems. The goal is to encourage sustainable practices that reduce the carbon footprint of the construction industry and promote healthier living spaces.
Green construction also has notable economic advantages. Despite the higher initial costs, it is cost-efficient in the long term due to energy savings and reduced maintenance costs. It also stimulates job creation in new areas. Moreover, it leads to healthier living spaces and has a lower environmental impact, contributing to the overall well-being of society.
The future of green construction holds promise for a more sustainable and eco-friendly built environment. Continued technological innovation and adoption of new approaches will be key to overcoming current challenges and realising this future.
For more information, interested readers can refer to the UK Green Building Council, the World Green Building Council, and the International Living Future Institute websites, along with numerous articles and books on the subject.
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