The effects of climate change are only appearing to increase. With news that the winter of 2016 was probably the hottest ever measured by meteorological records, there is a growing movement worldwide to try and combat climate change’s worst effects by looking increasingly towards sustainable sources of development. With the need to make such fast and assured progress however, how can we make this a reality and still maintain effective standards?
With half of UK carbon emissions stemming from the construction sector, it is clear that solutions must be effectively and quickly found, whilst reducing the dependency on oil that allows for current manufacturing conditions. The way buildings have been designed before we started to properly consider implications on the environment has left us with pollution problems posed to our soil, water and air supplies. Luckily, work is ongoing to address this very real situation.
As the recent shift in how we design our buildings indicates, with more strict standards and regulations strongly encouraging us to look to use more environmentally friendly and renewable materials, it can be difficult to continue apace with the current levels of training, which may not match the levels of ambition needed to develop sustainable buildings as quickly as everyone would like.
If a building site were to take on contractors who are not up to date with current sustainability standards and those who were not yet educated on the workings of certain renewable energy features, it may well prove to be a hindrance to the whole operation.
With this in mind, how do we find an approach that suits the best interests of everybody involved? This means developing a strategy for training contractors that encompasses all of the technologies we need to incorporate into our building designs in order to make them suitably sustainable.
There can be different ways to find suitably trained contractors. The most difficult way would likely be to try and train everyone according to these new standards of design onsite, but this is time-consuming and not necessarily cost-effective. There are certainly suitable training courses available to develop workers to required levels of understanding, but it is definitely possible to simply look to hire those who are already suitably trained to this level, by opting to hire through an umbrella company that has already taken these steps to gear staff up to sustainable building designs.
By going down this route, it enables a construction company to get on with the job of sustainable design without having to retrain staff in the direction they wish to go in. Along with this, it is well noted that those companies who choose to go down the route of sustainable development will see a better economic return as consumers of an eco-conscious mind will deliberately seek out companies that have an ethical motive, and consider environmental and social responsibility as a key part of their directive.
As this trend of sustainable development in the environmental sector is only going to increase, construction companies will be looking to get ahead in the game by taking the right steps towards sustainable building design.