The construction industry has not always been associated with preserving the environment. However, there has been concern and pressure applied on the industry to reduce emissions. Most construction sites have had to install dust control systems to control most of the dust they emit during construction. The construction industry causes environmental pollution in different ways. As such, it causes noise pollution, air pollution, and water pollution. But, there’s something you can do to reduce air pollution during construction. Below is a look at some of the ways construction sites can reduce air pollution:
Reduce on waste
Construction sites produce a lot of waste. However, there is no way to reduce waste. But over time, there has been increased efficiency in operation. Construction companies make use of dust control systems to make sure you control the amount of dust emitted from your construction site. They have increased efficiency since they use technologies that help in waste reduction during construction.
Explore different recycling options
To reduce air pollution, the construction industry needs to explore different recycling options available. Construction companies follow the EPA’s Industrial Recycling Program. This is a program that primarily focuses on the recycling industry and debris after demolition while helping to save a lot of resources.
Use sustainable material choices
The choice of material used in a construction site can reduce air and dust pollution significantly. For example, if you would reduce the use of steel and cement during construction, you would reduce emission rates drastically. Cement accounts for 32% of all the emissions during construction. You could try to use materials such as forested timber, cork, bamboo, and sheep’s wool in place of pollutant materials. You can also decide to reuse materials such as steel, metal, and reclaimed wood. There are other alternatives to cement such as carbon injected concrete or Magnesium oxychloride cement (MOC) which is an environmentally friendly option to the common cement.
Use data intelligence
Data intelligence will help you reduce pollution during construction and will help you increase efficiency and productivity. When you get real-time updates, you will mitigate risk and error while getting rid of bottlenecks and reduces the need to travel to the construction site often. If you have sensors on your machines you will reduce particle emission as well as noise pollution. When all the site machinery is optimized by journey route, you will see an improved workflow. This reduces the chances of machinery being idle while on-site which increases construction efficiency and producing less air pollution at a lower cost.
The main aim of any construction project is to finish the project while keeping the environment safe and protecting nature and company assets. The construction industry should take a lead role to make sure that it monitors and limits the number of pollutants it emits. Also, look for construction products that do not cause much harm to the environment. The construction industry needs to implement the available solutions to help reduce air pollution. As such, you must apply different ways to improve air quality during construction.