Environmental impacts are the effects of human activities to the environment. The impacts can be positive or negative depending on how humanity treats Mother Nature and her resources. If a person is living in a big house that occupies a huge space of land, then he is negatively affecting nature because of his large footprint. The same thing goes for people who are still using non-renewable energy resources. But for those people who have decided to go Green, they offer positive environmental impacts to the Mother Nature.
Effective site management is a great practice because it allows for less negative environmental impact. Site management includes several processes that should be monitored regularly. Such processes include; proper waste management, proper utilization of electrical and water supplies, proper storage of construction materials and ensuring that there are no health hazards for the workers and the people living within the area.
The most common challenge being faced by site managers is how to dispose of hazardous materials. With proper planning and an effectively designed waste disposal system, this is one issue that can be easily resolved. To ensure that hazardous materials are properly disposed of, the following processes must be practiced:
All personnel must undergo hazardous wastes management training
- Hazardous construction materials should be properly stored under secure watertight conditions
- The building contractor must have working insurance and prepared to shoulder the responsibilities for possible leaks and spills
- Regular site inspection
- Building Product Assessment
To ensure that there is less environmental impact, it is also important for proper building product assessment. Buildings and big entities and they surely impact the environment in different ways. Modern day building designs consume huge amounts of physical resources like raw materials, money and energy during construction to maintenance and utilization. These designs can also result in negative effects like loss of biodiversity and amenity.
When building in an ecologically sustainable means or if the objective of construction is to sustainably lessen environmental impacts, then it is going to be essential to put into consideration the building’s impacts over its total life-cycle- this is called the cradle-to-grave analysis.
The best way to reduce environmental impact during building product assessment is to choose materials that will not harm the environment and can be re-used or recycled after a few years.
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