A carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gas released into the atmosphere when a project is built or certain products are used. Most gasses spoil the environment, which leads to global catastrophes, such as rising global temperatures, melting glaciers, and the destruction of flora and fauna. The problems and risks do not end there. Each construction site contributes to the destruction of the earth’s atmosphere. Let’s see how and how to avoid it.
But first, let’s understand the basic ways to reduce the carbon footprint of any construction project planned (whether it is a commercial or residential premise). To control the work on the project and try to avoid harmful activities for the atmosphere, it is necessary to use construction estimating software.
What Can Cause Carbon Emissions?
There are several types of construction work, the consequences that can lead to changes in the environment:
- The use of excessive amounts of harmful fuel vehicles.
- Use a large amount of energy burned in coal-fired power plants.
- A large selection of garbage goes to a landfill, where instead of processing, energy is spent on its transportation.
As can be seen, the great way to reduce any carbon footprint in the context of construction projects is to find the best-matching software for controlling emissions and the rate of eco-friendliness concerning building processes on the site (including storage arrangements, treatment procedures, and construction of the building itself).
How to Calculate Carbon Footprint?
First of all, what needs to be done to calculate the carbon footprint due to construction, is to determine the boundaries of the project itself. This systematizes and arranges information over time. Then it is necessary to process and analyze all the data that will be obtained on the consumption of fuel, electricity, and materials used in the construction project.
After that, all the information received is entered into a unique calculator and calculated based on the standard coefficients for gas emission into the atmosphere to obtain a result. It is safer and faster to undertake measurements, research arrangements, analytics, and other carbon-driven investigations through specific software.
The automation concept is a thing when it comes to the ever-changing construction sector in the 21st century. Try to pick sides with your software for this purpose that will be integrated easily into your existing system and the ecosystem of your company.
How to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of a Construction Project?
If you have a construction project and you do not want to pollute the environment, try to do a few affordable and simple things:
- Reduce the number of vehicles that run on gasoline and diesel. Refuel exclusively with clean fuel.
- Use building materials that have already been recycled. They do not require a lot of energy, and they are less likely to end up in the trash.
- If there is garbage, try to dispose of it already recycled.
In addition to the main functions, an environmental direction should appear at the construction site. Be ready to consult competent advisors if you use some supplies that are far from eco-friendly materials for construction. It will be better to discuss everything at the starting point. Ask your customer about requirements for carbon emissions and other ecological issues beforehand.
One more thing to consider is your attitude to all the on-site procedures from the point of safety and environmental friendliness. Be sure that you control all the aspects including the type of building materials, the number of machinery and tools on the site, and your workers who sort and dispose of garbage properly from the site.
An Alternative Solution for Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Not in all cases, it is possible to control the gas emissions of the project. To balance the forces, you can compensate for the damage with investments. Contractors can buy so-called “carbon offsets” from investors.
All money received from the purchase goes to the restoration of the environment. It is recommended that before buying “carbon offsets” you study the vector of the flow of your money and whether they are spent on improving the ecological environment.