If you’re not convinced by the case for limiting on-site waste and using recycled materials, then perhaps it’s high time you should be.
Resource efficiency is not about being a hardened environmentalist. The firms that manage their resources the best are getting ahead, and it’s hardly surprising. Sensible and considered decisions on materials have always been the basis of thriving in the construction industry.
Waste management and disposal accounts for 30% of pre-tax profits in the construction industry – and landfill taxes are only heading in an upward direction.
Staying ahead of the rest is all about smart choices; reusing materials already on site, specifying in a way that ensures durability, adaptability and easy deconstruction, and considering options that provide the best potential for reusing materials.
Get your specification right at the start, and you’re on to a winner. Superglass has a dedicated specifications team to ensure professionals make the right choices and get adequate quantities for the job.
Even very exacting and complicated specifications can be catered for to, whether using standard or non-standard product. For an example, insulation is not easily recycled on site, but Superglass specialists make sure the order is tailored so there’s little or no on–site waste to recycle at all.
Off-site manufacturing and modular building can be a key part of minimising waste, too – after all, when all that’s needed to be done on site is assembly, you know exactly what materials are required.
For a medium/large contractor, reducing waste provides an average saving of 0.4%, which equates to savings of £1 million or more per year. This is not small change – and undoubtedly a driver to change.
What’s more, flexible and high-performing buildings are a lower investment risk, while sustainable waste management and reuse can help manage clients’ budgets.
It can help you stand out, too. Including resource-efficient thinking in bids can add winning distinctiveness and added value, and blue chip clients are increasingly looking for projects offering these credentials.
The benefits stack up – and this is without considering the positive impact on reputation for those taking positive steps.
Getting things right in waste and recycling doesn’t have to be an onerous task, either. It doesn’t require more time on site, and can reduce admin hours. Costs diminish from the moment waste minimisation becomes ingrained in the operating practices of the business.
There is information out there to help. Sustainable resources organisation Wrap has a range of quality resources for the construction industry, providing advise for making savings both on and off site.
A sound business case, with the added positives of waste and carbon reduction? It adds up to a virtuous cycle that, if ignored, could see some firms falling behind. Metrics such as tonnes of carbon and litres of water may be the talk of investors in coming years, but even in today’s language of pounds and pence, it makes sense.
Resource efficiency is not a fad that’s going to go away. Regardless of your views on the green agenda, it’s time to take practical steps, and ensure your firm is equipped to seize the opportunities that this new era presents.