The construction industry is a finicky one, and notoriously and historically, it has been very well known to reject most concepts of change. The construction industry is rather unique as well – of all industries, it has been one of the rarest ones – which wilfully adheres to old principles and old ideas, before change seems to be too difficult, and too hard.
When it comes to concepts which have been proven to lead toward a better and a more profitable future, such as sustainable building, the construction industry at large seems to have snubbed it. Though it can’t be stated of all civil engineers and construction companies, there has been the same reaction toward the need to move toward green building and BIM based systems which has been plaguing the construction industry in other areas, such as the presence of women in construction as well as a deficit in fresh blood to an industry which is suffering a lack of workers, as older contractors retire.
What exactly does sustainable building offer which traditional methods don’t, you might ask.
The answer is so very many things. There’s the obvious, such as taking measures to ensure that the toll on the landscape by construction is minimised, as well as less known facts such as the fact that sustainable building is attractive to buyers due to its mission of decreasing the impact the built environment has on human health. Essentially, sustainable buildings sell well-being – something which you really can’t put a price on due to the fact that it is a new and exciting product to the market.
But, there’s also the industry in itself which directly benefits thanks to sustainable building. Take North Wales based Brenig Construction, for instance. This civil engineer in Denbighshire , North Wales, is very well known for its dynamic and open minded approach toward new things within the construction industry, and in addition, adhere to all manner of sustainable building guidelines.
Throughout 2016 they partnered with North Wales based social housing provider Cartrefi Conwy in order to build Maes Glanarfon in Llanfairfechan, some very much needed affordable homes within North Wales – an area well known for being deprived.
How does this change the construction industry, you might ask. The answer is rather simple. As part of their guidelines within sustainable building, Brenig Construction were tasked with only using local firms and local materials in order to complete these houses. As such, Brenig Construction have directly supported 300 jobs within the North Wales construction industry as result of only a single project – including 4 apprenticeships.
Sustainable building almost certainly has its uses within the long term. It can be seen everywhere – not just limited to the happy residents of Maes Glanarfon, but in the whole of North Wales.