Sustainability in Construction 2021
Civil Contractors Auckland is opening the year for their members with a concentration on Sustainability this 8th March member meeting.
This will help members who recognise sustainability practices need to be demonstrable and part of their business objectives. Attending members are likely to value the presentations from Watercare, Auckland Council, Waka Kotahi Auckland Council and Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA).
Adopting and demonstrating effective sustainability practices, is socially responsible, and commercially smart. Clients are now including questions around sustainability measures in their tender documents. There is an additional commercial motive to be more sustainable.
The following quote is a direct extract from the Teletrac Navman Construction Industry survey that provided a tangible metric around the importance of sustainability practices for earning new business.
“clients indicated to 37% of contractors that sustainability practices will impact their procurement decision making.” - the full report can be retrieved below:
A key concept in sustainability conversations is working to achieve a 'circular economy' whereby resources are not spent, but rather re-circulated.
This recent item in the 'Impact News', Sustainable Business Networks recent newsletter, summarises the key concepts and provides a quick fact sheet, while its from outside the construction sector, its helpful for grasping the concept of the 'circular economy' and can help us to think how the concepts apply in the construction sector.
Southeys has hands on experience contributing to the circular economy as we recover and reuse more water from our activities on construction sites, than we use in hydro excavation.
We would welcome your feedback, or links to what our friends in the construction sector are doing in their own operations, in the comments section to follow
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