What is sustainable building?
Sustainable building is building and renovating with sustainability in mind. It starts with the design. Designs for new buildings are equipped with sustainable techniques so that energy consumption for heating and cooling remains as low as possible during the usage phase. And preferably, only eco-friendly and recyclable materials are used for when rebuilding or demolishing. The government therefore provides subsidies for sustainable homes, offices and other utility buildings.
Why sustainability in construction is so important
Let’s face it: the construction industry is one of the most polluting sectors in our country. In 2016, construction was responsible for half of the raw material consumption and a large part of the waste produced annually fell under construction and demolition waste even then. In the process, the construction industry also accounted for a whopping ⅓ of CO2 emissions. Meanwhile, there is a crying housing shortage and perhaps more construction is going on than ever. So for now, the numbers don’t seem to have gotten any less.
Greening the construction industry with solar energy
Yes, using recyclable materials reduces the carbon footprint in sustainable construction. And that is much needed. But producing, processing and recycling all that material also requires energy. A lot of energy, in fact. Energy that is usually generated with gas or coal and therefore needs even more pollution. Fortunately, there is a solution for that too: solar energy. One of the most people- and environment-friendly ways to generate sustainable electricity that can be used to green the construction sector.
Advantages of solar energy in sustainable construction
Besides the fact that sustainable construction is essential for the preservation of our planet, the use of solar energy provides further benefits for construction companies:
No more construction connections
With our solar-powered generators, every construction site has an emission-free and noiseless power supply. It provides enough energy to temporarily power a house and charge large, electrical equipment. This often enables construction companies to start work immediately instead of having to apply for a building connection first and wait months for the actual installation.
Energy costs fuel. Traditional generators in particular guzzle diesel. And that has to be paid for. Solar energy is virtually free, so mobile solar panels can quickly save a lot on fuel costs. With a model of only 120 kVa, you can save up to €1250 per week. In addition, maintenance costs compared to diesel generators are also negligible.
As a construction company, environmentally sustainable construction is not an ideology or a gimmick dreamt up by the marketing department. It actually adds value. In the short and long term. After all, new staff in the form of young talent and an increasing number of clients find it much more attractive to work with/for a green and sustainable company.
Also build sustainably?
Do you also want to build sustainably with your construction company? Minimise inconvenience to local residents and work towards a better world? Contact us without obligation and discover the possibilities for your organisation. Or request a quote directly and be surprised by the price of our portable solar panels!