Environmental impacts of building a new home
You can make choices to help your build be more sustainable.
We all deserve to have a nice place to live. And if that means building a new home, you have every right to start the process and create a home that you can call your own. But what impact will this have on the world around us?
There are many things to consider during the construction process. Today, we’ll assess some of the biggest effects this will have on the environment, along with suggestions for making your choices more sustainable.
Greenhouse gas emissions
Twenty-five percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in the UK are a by-product of construction. It’s no secret that manufacturing can have a significant impact on the environment. The massive production of energy from heat, light and the burning of fossil fuels contributes to the production of huge amounts of CO2 every time a house is built.
In fact, figures go so far as to show that a staggering 50 tonnes of carbon dioxide is generated for every average house built in the UK. Most of it (nearly 20 tonnes) comes from steel production alone.
Use of limited and valuable resources
Many resources that we took for granted 50 years ago are not as endless as we once thought. Petroleum, coal, phosphorus, natural gas and water are all resources that risk running out if we continue to use them with relative abandon.
Unfortunately, many of them have become the product of choice in construction projects. And while there is a constant desire to move away from this, progress is slow.
Transportation of materials and workers
Although less obvious during construction, the movement of raw materials, secondary resources, and even your workforce will all contribute to the overall production of CO2 and other harmful emissions.