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Choosing the right subcontractor

Across every industry, getting the foundations right is core to successful results. When it comes to the construction and MEP sectors, there’s nothing more important than delivering your service and keeping clients happy.

Lately, as the economy has shifted and companies seek out ways to cut costs, more companies are scaling and reorganising their brand to be more cost-efficient.

One of the ways any trade business can scale back is through the use of subcontractors. Though subcontractors can be a great way to finish projects and grow your brand, it’s important you know how to engage in this process efficiently to obtain the same results.

Pre-screen subcontractors carefully

When you hire subcontractors in your business, you must decide on the best options possible. Vetting a new team of subcontractors will be vital. You don’t want to be left with an under qualified or unwilling workforce that can cost you more money and potentially damage your reputation in the long run.

Recommendations for selecting subcontractors include:

  • Follow up with previous clients and check their references
  • Compare multiple subcontractors before making a final decision
  • Look beyond costs to ensure that the subcontractors you select are keen, trained, available, highly qualified, and insured
  • Ensure that payments and fees are carefully discussed prior to signing a contract
  • Ensure the subcontractor or subcontractors have the same work ethic as you and your company

When you make a strong selection, you guarantee an easier job for yourself and a better business all around. Take your time to shop around for quality work.

Setting standards

Subcontractors represent you, your business, and your brand. As such, you must set the standards and expectations ahead of the project. When you write up a contract, you’ll have the opportunity to precisely detail what you expect from them.

A well-written contract will define the quality of work you require, and the process you expect. Some critical information you should establish with your subcontractors include:

  • General Responsibilities
  • Detailed deliverables including any deadlines
  • Scope of their services
  • Work restrictions and work hierarchies
  • Standards of quality
  • Any special requests from the client

Your values are important, and ensuring your subcontractor can match these will be critical for a successful project. Transparency and good communication go a long way.

Efficient project management

Your client has expectations, and your brand is on the line when you hire a third party to work for you. Often, you’ll have to restructure your company so that the line of reporting and escalation is more clear.

Subcontractors are hired to fulfil specific tasks and duties. As such, you’ll have to ensure constant communication to keep track of a project and follow its progress.

Some tips for project management when using subcontractors include:

  • Establish a direct line of communication
  • Set procedures for procuring materials
  • Explain safety concerns
  • Maintain progress reports
  • Set schedules and deadlines
  • Ask questions regularly
  • Team building exercises

Any time you work with a third party, you’ll want to push for a positive relationship between you, your company, the subcontractors, and the client.

Subcontractors should always place their focus on you. Planning accordingly will help you avoid any problems or disputes down the road.

By having a clear and well-written contract, you can address expectations from both ends and ensure you and the subcontractor are satisfied with the agreed upon terms.

 

 

The future is robotic

Across every industry, advancements in automation and robotics have led to significant changes in the workforce. A report by the World Economic Forum estimates that by 2025, upwards of 85 million jobs will be displaced by robotic technology.

Regarding MEP and construction, the trends are pointing to robots as the new frontier. Imagine walking on a job site to find a team of robots laying bricks, assembling scaffolding, or aiding in demolition. While the idea may sound straight out of a sci-fi film, robotic applications in construction are gaining traction.

While there’s debate over whether robots could someday take over construction, a more realistic scenario is one where robots and people will work side by side. Current robotic applications across construction seek to offer safety and increased productivity rather than worker replacement.

How are robots changing construction?

The construction industry has been slow to adapt to newer technologies. This slow modernisation has led to challenges such as a declining workforce, unsafe conditions, and inefficiency.

In addressing these problems, robotics could play a major role in changing construction by::

  1. Increasing worker safety
  2. Improving productivity
  3. Reducing labor shortages

How quickly contractors and builders will adopt robotic technologies will depend on how accessible these systems become.

Bricklaying

Bricklaying is a strenuous physical activity. Masons spend hours bent over, applying mortar, and placing bricks one-by-one.

Robotic bricklaying systems seek to improve productivity and reduce human injury.

The Semi-Automated Mason (SAM) is designed to be operated by a single worker, who oversees the robot’s bricklaying functions. This robot makes the bricklaying process up to five times faster and reduces the potential for human injury.

The Hadrian X robot can place up to 1,000 bricks in an hour using a fully automated system that implements cameras, laser tracking, and computers to quickly and accurately perform its bricklaying duties.

Rebar

In a similar fashion, the TyBot robot is designed to tie steel rebar autonomously.

This robot eradicates the physically-demanding work of bending over and tying hundreds of rebar intersections which often leads to strain and injury.

According to usage statistics, the TyBot can perform the work of six to eight workers on its own.

Job site Monitoring

Doxel’s robotic rovers and drones use artificial intelligence to monitor job sites in real time.

These robots are equipped with cameras and LiDAR that scan construction sites and compare the results against 3D drawings, BIM models, and other user inputs.

Deep learning allows the robot’s data to identify construction errors, detect deviations, and monitor worker safety, among other applications. Through tracking and maintaining data around the clock, these robots are helping job sites become more efficient.

Bottom line for robots in construction

Though some speculate that robots will one day take over the industry, construction is still too reliant on the human element to become fully automated.

Instead, engineers are looking to use robotics to assist builders across the industry and make their work more efficient. Skilled trades aren’t going anywhere. If you work in the construction sector, expect some unlikely automated friends in the near future.

 

Stop! Birds.

If you’re involved in the building trades, you know there are planning permissions and regulations that come with the job. From zoning laws to noise levels, job sites generally have strict guidelines that must be met.

Some building laws that might surprise you are designed to protect something a little more feathery.

In the UK, certain wildlife is legally protected. Because wildlife laws make it illegal to capture, disturb, or otherwise harm certain animals, engineers and building professionals must proceed with caution if they’re going to work in or around a natural habitat.

Taking the right precautions will ensure protected species are safe and your building project goes smoothly.

Safe habitats = secure job sites

The protection of natural habitats is taken seriously by Natural England.

It’s your responsibility to survey the land where you plan to build and ensure your project will not interrupt any protected areas or habitats.

Contacting your local planning authority will be the best course of action before you proceed with any building project. Ecologists and other wildlife authorities can advise you on any potential hazards or legally protected areas.

Unfortunately though, despite a site complying with regulations, wildlife can always find its way into the most curious of places.

Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010, some protected species include:

  • Bats
  • Wild birds
  • Badgers
  • Newts
  • Common dormice
  • Otters

Any of the following violations can be grounds for sanctions:

  • Injure, capture, disturb, or kill any protected species
  • Destroy or damage a breeding area
  • Obstruct access to an animal resting place
  • Remove or transport animals from their natural habitat

Offences against protected wildlife face heavy fines of up to £5,000 and can even land you a six-month prison stay!

Uninvited guests during construction

Sometimes, even if precautions are taken, animals may still end up on your project. Just recently, a project we were working on at Export & Midas House, was put on hold as peregrine falcons were nesting. As the Falcons are a protected species work wasn’t allowed to continue until the babies had hatched and fled the nest.

Small crevices or nooks can resemble nesting areas. Some of the most attractive features are attics, chimneys, and beneath roof tiles.

Machinery, scaffolding, and other construction elements can also attract critters. If a protected species decides to lay eggs on your job site, the consequences can be costly.

When building sites come to a halt, this affects everyone, and you could face serious financial losses.

Preventing building delays due to wildlife

We recommend you take the necessary precautions if you plan to build in natural areas.

The easiest solution is to obtain a full environmental report of the area. A qualified ecologist will survey the area and check for any potential hazards. These days, you might even opt for a drone survey.

Assessing the impacts of your development will ensure no species goes harmed.

Green construction practices keep ecosystems safe

DJHC is committed to environmental and sustainable practices across the industry. When it comes to keeping our species and ecosystems safe, we want to encourage responsible practices.

If you think your next project could prove invasive to protected wildlife, we recommend you take the right course of action to ensure prevent any harm. Building responsibly and obtaining the right permits will ensure your project gets done without any halts or delays.

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If you’re involved in the building trades, you know there are planning permissions and regulations that come with the job. From zoning laws to noise levels, job sites generally have strict guidelines that must be met. Some building laws that might surprise you are designed to protect something a little more feathery.

Brain-based construction and leaders in the MEP sector

In the past 40 years, the MEP sector has witnessed major changes across technologies, processes, and applications.

The foremost leader in this quantum leap has been the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where a construction boom in the 1990s revolutionised the industry like never before.

Since then, the UAE has set the tone for complexity, innovation and functionality throughout construction and MEP design.

The UAE as industry leaders

During that period of rapid growth, engineers in the UAE were able to attract the leaders of other global construction markets such as the US, Australia, Hong Kong and the UK. In doing so, they retained the best minds the MEP sector could offer from across the globe.

Speculation in market shifts has allowed the UAE to continue improving technologies and setting new standards for HVAC and engineering stakeholders everywhere.

In the past 20 years, the UAE construction market has been one of the first to focus on sustainable and green projects, building automation, integrated systems, smart applications and prefabrication.

Yet, one of the most innovative changes that UAE engineers have pushed for often goes unnoticed is a shift from a brick-and-mortar to a brain-based industry.

What is a brain-based industry?

Brain-based industry in construction relies less on traditional labour, and more on technological advancements to increase efficiency.

By focusing on the smart cities of tomorrow, this brain-based approach capitalises on opportunities to improve building technology and intelligence, increase building longevity and modernise how we interact with the built environment.

These innovations have created a perception shift in which people don’t just judge a building aesthetically, but instead, look at its internal systems as a way to better gauge longevity and functionality. This includes everything from security systems, connectivity, sustainability and energy efficiency. It’s what’s on the inside that counts.

Future advancements in UAE construction technologies

Just last year, the UAE announced its national initiative to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. This driving force for sustainability has only skyrocketed the shift towards smarter and greener buildings. If this initiative is achieved, the UAE will become the first country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to reach net zero.

Some of the most advanced tools being implemented in UAE construction include:

Industry leaders say they’ve benefitted from these revolutionary changes in MEP engineering. Some of these benefits include increased productivity, smarter delivery, fewer clashes between teams, reduced waste from materials, better building visualisation and lower carbon emissions.

Technological applications are also changing the most elementary aspects of the construction trade.

We’re likely to see shifts within the construction hierarchy as roles become more automated and tech-based. As construction becomes more reliant on technology, positions such as site supervisor and foreman could one day become obsolete and make way for newer, more integrated roles.

What’s to come for the global industry?

In every industry, major change always happens when one leader inspires others. When it comes to MEP engineering, the UAE’s rapid mobilisation in tech applications within construction has made others want to play catch up. This is especially true as governments across the world create new incentives for smart buildings and environmentally-friendly building solutions.

MEP is at a major turning point. We can only be thrilled for what’s to yet come in this industry as stakeholders continue applying innovative techniques to the ways we look at construction and engineering.

 

 

What the new Building Safety Act means for construction

What the new Building Safety Act means for construction

Passed as law at the end of April, the Building Safety Act was intended to usher in a new set of rules to overhaul safety in residential buildings over 18 metres tall. Since its inception, it’s gone through several significant changes. Although it first centred only on design and construction, now it takes in operation, occupation, and facilities management. 

Under the new act, legislation shall be overseen by the Building Safety Regulator, who will oversee the new system with powers of enforcement and sanctions. Despite the Building Safety Act becoming law, much of the secondary legislation will not come into force for another 12 to 18 months, however, once in force, will spell changes for the construction industry. Here’s how.

What does the Building Safety Act cover?

This new law focuses on the entire lifecycle of a built asset, with particular emphasis on changing the way higher-risk buildings are designed, planned, and built by requiring designers, builders, and operators to capture information relating to fire risk and structural integrity. It also gives property owners, leaseholders and tenants more power to bring claims for poor or dangerous work. 

This will shift the responsibility for paying remediation costs away from residents to designers and builders, along with measures to shield leaseholders from all costs related to the remediation of unsafe cladding. This, in turn, will widen the liability for building owners, developers of high-risk buildings and product manufacturers and suppliers.

What does it mean for the UK construction industry?

Perhaps the important point of this new act is that it has introduced a new role: the Accountable Person. This is the owner or managing agent that is responsible for maintaining building safety. They’ll be responsible for reporting on the structure’s fitness for occupation. Making this case can be understood as a key goal of the building and fire safety information collated throughout the design and construction phase. 

While high-rise buildings are the focus of this legislation, it has implications for all projects. For example, the responsibilities of Construction Design and Management (CDM) duty-holders have shifted. Whereas the role used to take a more subjective perspective on foreseeable risks, now, they need to ensure the design is compliant with the relevant standards. This makes the role more far-reaching, requiring a fundamental knowledge of all disciplines covered by building regulations and health and safety guidance.

A positive development in a post-Grenfell moment

Of course, this legislation relates to the 2017 catastrophe in Grenfell Tower, London, in 2017. The fire in Grenfell Tower was an avoidable tragedy, and hopefully, with new legislation, we can avoid something as terrible as this ever happening again. 

Although this legislation will require a re-orientation of how architects and contractors design and build high-rise buildings, it’s ultimately for the better. Construction companies will have to take more rigorous measures to ensure they choose the safest and sturdiest materials, and that can only be a good thing. Moreover, the extension of building safety regulations into building management is a positive signal.

 

How engineering has changed since the Queen took the throne

There are few people who can boast of having two birthdays; in fact, perhaps the Queen is the only one. Although born on 21st April 1926, the Queen celebrates her ‘Official Birthday’ on the second Thursday in June, which was yesterday. As celebrated the week before last, it’s been 70 years since Elizabeth II began her reign. Certainly, it must have been amazing to preside over so many major events and advancements.

Some of the most remarkable changes have been in technology and engineering. In 1952, most people couldn’t have imagined the existence of the Internet, the iPhone, nor the personal computer, let alone the possibility of AI or commercial space travel. Now, we’re on the brink of more amazing discoveries, and here, we’ll take a look at how far we’ve come.

From pen and paper to screens and code

It’s probably the tools that have changed the most over the last 70 years. In the 1950s, blueprints and plans would have been drawn up on gridded paper and kept in plan chests. These would be painstakingly drafted with pencils, T-squares, triangles, compasses, pens, and pencils. Everything would be drawn by hand, not rendered by machines. Engineers would tape on transparencies to propose adjustments or changes, and it would be a full-time job keeping all these documents in order. 

Now, it’s astonishing how far the industry has come. Computers have revolutionised the mathematical equations, analytics, and modelling needed to design a building. We can build better structures and products than ever before. It’s also sped things up an awful lot; now, design processes and proposals that took years are now turned around in record time.

Cutting-edge materials and methods

It’s not just the design process that’s changed, but also the materials. Engineers in the 50s probably never could have predicted the wide range of uses for plastics. They can withstand heavy loads, high temperatures, and speeds, and are far easier to engineer than ever before.

However, perhaps the most important change in materials is our journey towards sustainability. Now, engineers are exploring how we can introduce more organic materials into building to make the built environment more sustainable. Timber, for example, is having somewhat of a renaissance as engineers look to renewable materials as a solution to carbon emissions.

People are the future

The final thing that’s changed is the people. Once strictly the domain of white men, diversity in engineering has brought thousands of promising minds into the field to propose new ideas. Talent will be integral to innovation in engineering going forward, creating sustainable solutions and driving change. 

Sustainable engineering will be essential to our quality of life and the economy. In our previous jubilee-themed article, we touched on the contrast between the economy in the 1950s and now; certainly, things are looking tricky for the UK going forward, but innovation will be key to weathering the storm. The last 70 years have seen a lot – and may the future bring more exciting change.

 

 

The days of paper might be over, but document management is going nowhere

Organisation is vital to every organisation – the clue is in the name, no? Proper document management is a crucial part of smooth day-to-day operations, especially in a complex business like construction. In scenarios where there are multiple stakeholders and systems involved, things can get sticky, and therefore, something as straightforward as managing paperwork needs special attention.

That said, gone are the days of tracking paper in filing cabinets. Now, mostly everything is digital – but occasionally, this can make things worse rather than better, with chaotic file names, formats and silos in cloud storage. Statistics suggest that while a professional might take 5-15% of their time reading information, they’ll spend 50% looking for it.

Choosing the right cloud service, and streamlining filing structures and naming systems can make document searching and sharing far more efficient. All it takes is designing and sharing a simple system and you can reap the following benefits both internally and externally.

Time is money

It’s a time-honoured saying; time is money. In the days of paper, management consulting giants PWC estimated that it cost businesses $20 in labour just to file a document, $120 to find it if it was misplaced, and $220 to reproduce something that is lost. In the days of digital, these costs may not be as eye-watering, but lost documents can still waste time – which is arguably a business’s most important resource.

The less time employees spend locating files, the more time they can spend on other things. By locating a file in a consistent, navigable file structure, files can be located in a matter of moments. Even better is creating a naming system to make files ultra-searchable, so staff can find files in a few keystrokes.

Improved communication

Streamlined searching means streamlined communication both internally and externally. One person can ask a question like, “what’s the timeline or budget for such and such?” and the other can answer in a matter of seconds. It reduces the need for face-to-face meetings as important project details are easy to locate and communicate. Using the cloud also lets employees access documents any time, anywhere, so these conversations can happen quickly even when staff are working offsite.

Better security

Digital document storage allows for better security and backup. Certainly, digital solutions are vulnerable to the same physical threats as paper – a fire could damage a hard drive just as badly as a filing cabinet – but the cloud, for example, adds an extra line of defence supported by a major tech company. Although not perfect, it would take a major, headline news-worthy event for Google, AWS or Azure to be seriously compromised.

It also enhances security at lower levels. Digital tools can allow you to password-protect sensitive information, allowing only certain individuals to view them. Digital solutions like those provided by Google also make information more traceable as you can view document history and see changes, as opposed to saved-over information being lost forever.

The bottom line? Going digital doesn’t mean you can drop the ball. Document management still requires care and attention to avoid wasted time, maximise efficiency, and keep critical information safe. If your system needs reviewing, do it now.

Face-to-face events are officially back! 

After all the postponed events that punctuated the pandemic, we’re thrilled to see real, in person events making a comeback.  For a while, the future of the events industry looked pretty bleak and many questioned if they would return at all.  However, in true human spirit, the people have spoken, and it would seem agreed, that face-to-face cannot be replaced. 

Among other high profile events,  the National Construction Expo in Milton Keynes returns this week with a packed programme. With satellite events covering topics from Lean construction, to materials innovation, and green and smart technologies, it’s set to be a fascinating day. 

As construction professionals, we’re delighted that exhibitions are back in-person. We think that meeting clients, collaborators and suppliers is key to building strong relationships, so we’re looking forward to getting back to face-to-face events. But why is human interaction so important, particularly in a business like construction? Could we not just do everything from the comfort of our home offices? According to psychologists, this is far from the case – here’s why.

Face-to-face is always preferred

According to a study by the Harvard Review, 95% of people say face-to-face meetings are key to building and maintaining long-term business relationships. During the pandemic, a study by communications consultancy APCO Worldwide, reported that 83% of workers in the United States said they missed attending face-to-face meetings and conventions.

Clients and collaborators connections are stronger in person. This is because in someone’s physical presence, you’re better able to read their body language, facial expressions and hand gestures. Things can often be clunky over video call, so face-to-face interactions enable you to properly read the room.

Business experts allege that this natural instinct towards face-to-face is because meeting people in person demonstrates you value both their time and money. If you go to the effort to show up, it shows that you’re committed to meeting their needs and providing the best possible service. 

Getting emotional – in the business sense

Showing that you value the client’s time nurtures a more emotional relationship between the two parties. Experts estimate that customers with an emotional attachment to a brand have a Customer Lifetime Value (CLV) three times higher than those that don’t. They’re also 71% more likely to recommend a service or product, which is 26% above the average.

It goes without saying that face-to-face meetings better cultivate the intimacy that leads to a more emotional relationship. Humans are naturally social animals and body language is important to us, particularly eye contact. According to scientific research, people are more likely to trust someone if they make direct eye contact.

A lot is lost on the Zoom screen, with eye contact being the main thing that suffers. We’ve all been there; the speaker is looking at the person’s image on their screen not into their eyes. Considering the importance of eye contact and trust, it’s essential that managers understand that we can’t go 100% virtual all the time.

See you soon?

In a sector as collaborative as construction, building strong relationships is crucial. Productive and trusting working relationships are essential to successful projects, so as far as we’re concerned, it’s a relief to be going back to some good old-fashioned in-person networking. We can’t wait to get back to meeting clients and colleagues from the construction industry at various events scheduled throughout the year and we hope to see you at some of them.

Keep up to date with DJHC events and find out where we’re going to be by giving us a follow.

 

 

The Mayor of London announces preference for retrofits over demolitions

London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has released new guidance that states that all new major construction projects in the capital will have to meet embodied carbon benchmarks. This scheme will mostly be focused on retaining existing buildings over demolition. Published last month, the London Plan Guidance package sets out how new developments will need to consider a building’s whole-life carbon footprint.

This strategy has been put in place so the city can stay on target to reach net-zero by 2030. According to the guidelines, “Retaining existing built structures for reuse and retrofit, in part or as a whole, should be prioritised before considering substantial demolition, as this is typically the lowest-carbon option.” But how is the industry reacting to these guidelines? And are retrofits really always greener?

Context for the new plans

The new guidelines echo Khan’s 2021 London Plan, which sets out the mayor’s broader planning vision for the capital. This mandates that all construction projects over a certain size or of particular “strategic importance” to the capital will need to submit a circular economy statement and whole-life cycle carbon assessment before they get planning permission.

While national building regulations and net-zero carbon targets have so far focused on operational emissions, these new policies are a first step towards regulating embodied emissions from construction, including materials and the implications of demolishing an existing structure. Spokespeople from the Mayor of London’s office have described this policy as “ground-breaking”, as it’s the first of its kind to be adopted by any UK city.

Naturally, this has significant implications for every player in the construction supply chain. While some schools of thought already advocate for “upcycled” building materials and systems, some designers are skeptical about the long term efficiency gains in contrast to new sustainability innovations.

Resistance from big firms to new preference for retrofit

According to the new guidelines, if a significant demolition is proposed, planning applications will need to clearly demonstrate that tearing the building down is more sustainable than retaining the existing structure. The ins and outs of this issue are currently being fought over the reconstruction of Marks & Spencer’s flagship store in London’s West End.

Currently, architects Pilbrow & Partners want to demolish the existing structure and replace it with a newly designed store. In spite of the design’s sustainability credentials, critics argue that this would waste the embodied carbon of the existing structure and create 39,500 tonnes of additional emissions.

In the wake of these alarming statistics, the Mayor reviewed the development. Eventually, Khan decided he wouldn’t block the demolition as major engineering firm Arup found that the whole-life carbon footprint of the new building would be less than a refurbishment, due to more efficient power and heating operations.

However, housing secretary Michael Gove has since halted the development until the scheme is reviewed by the government. It will certainly be interesting to see how this project and others of its kind go forward. For now, it seems that the industry will need to review solutions in regard to this new preference for retrofits.

 

 

Earth Day 2022: How can we make construction sites more sustainable?

Today is Earth Day, an event conceived in 1970 to promote support for environmentalism. This is a poignant day for the construction industry, as right now, buildings and construction are responsible for 39% of carbon emissions globally, 28% resulting from energy consumption and 11% from construction materials.

Construction materials are also responsible for around 4% of particulate emissions and more water pollution incidents than any other industry. By 2025, the volume of construction waste is expected to increase to 2.2 billion tons every year. As a result, making construction sites more sustainable is an urgent project; here’s three ways that this could be achieved.

Choose more sustainable building materials

If materials are responsible for almost a third of the carbon emissions caused by construction, then choosing more sustainable materials is essential. For example, straw bales could be a viable alternative to rebar, as they provide efficient insulation from hot and cold weather when sealed correctly.

Bamboo, with its high tensile strength and lightweight composition is also a great green alternative to more traditional load bearing materials. Other examples include rammed earth, timbercrete, hempcrete, mycelium, wood and recycled plastics.

Prefabrication is also a useful strategy. Traditional on-site construction methods require extra materials, resulting in waste and leading to air and soil pollution. In contrast, pre-fabricating parts ensures they’re produced in a controlled environment. An increasing number of engineers and architects are using Building Information Management (BIM) systems to design precision prefabricated components such as air vents and ducts.

Discard construction waste responsibly

Typically construction waste comprises shingles, lumber, drywall, concrete, gravel, wiring, ductwork, glass and metal. You need to recycle everything you can; for example, lumber and plywood can be converted into mulch or biomass fuel. Metal items, meanwhile, can be smelted to convert them into other products.

Site managers should also ensure there is a silt fence to control sediment flow. This will help prevent nearby waterways from sediment contamination, preventing as much as 80% of water-borne particles from escaping the site. This barrier will also reduce soil erosion by acting as a water break.

Make your transport fleet more efficient

To reduce the carbon footprint generated by the transportation of materials, site managers should utilise a transportation management system. This will help them to map out the best possible routes, set speed limits, monitor driver behaviour and provide real-time proactive maintenance.

Or, companies can go a step further and run their fleet on biodiesel. This fuel can be used in existing diesel engines without any modifications. Several major construction equipment brands, including John Deere and Isuzu, now also offer B20 biodiesel-capable trucks and transport vehicles.

Make your site more sustainable this Earth Day

The construction industry has been viewed as a primary contributor to environmental pollution. However, the industry is working hard to change; contractors are increasingly using energy-efficient and environment-friendly construction equipment, vehicles and materials. It’ll be interesting to see what innovations the future brings, but meanwhile, we should implement these fundamental strategies to make construction and buildings more environmentally sound.