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Posted: 12th May
By: rlf

How does climate change affect the construction industry?

Climate change is seemingly constantly in the news, so with the construction industry set to lift off, is it time we asked the question: how should new developments cope with climate change-related issues?

In recent years, various buildings and developments have been focused on reducing greenhouse has emissions and helping businesses reduce their carbon footprint. The EU has set targets and the UK government released the Climate Change Act, so what does that mean for the construction industry?

For starters, businesses can expect a five-yearly assessment, so they should probably hire construction professionals and consultants who are on top of the latest regulations.

But our opinion is that climate change goes beyond merely addressing enforced carbon footprint levels. What about the recent floods? Or the severe winters we’ve had in recent years? Protecting domestic homes as much as possible from some of the shocking scenes of recent months must be made a priority, as these types of weather conditions are likely to increase in regularity.

The crucial point is that there is much we can do at the building level, such as improving drainage systems, reinforcing walls, using more efficient windows and enlarging pipework. As this year is set to see plenty of construction projects, more must be done to analyse how a building will behave in different conditions.

Dealing with climate change is a challenge to the construction industry, but one that must not be shirked. Regardless of whether we’re talking about houses, businesses, road surfaces, pavements, schools or anything else, the target must be to build and deliver sustainable developments that will stand the test of time.

As an industry, we should all adapt to the challenges that climate change is bringing. To what extent other companies are concerned, we don’t know. But as professional construction consultants, RLF are always on top of the latest regulations, the modern, innovative building techniques and the best ways to combat climate change. We never leave any stone unturned – we believe that preparation, planning and attention to detail is key to any construction project.