Towards an Efficient and Resilient Buildings and Construction Sector

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Reversing the climate crisis through good building practices is one of the main objectives of Eosis, but from what point does a physical project start addressing the climate crisis?
The answer: prior to its construction.
On this occasion Anery Ahumada, documenter at Eosis, tells us what is one of the earliest points from which a sustainable building begins to work.

Construction activities and building operations account for 36 percent of global final energy consumption and 37 percent of energy-related CO2 emissions, according to the United Nations 2021 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction.

These indicators position the construction sector as one of the most polluting at a global level. Today, the way most buildings are built and operated has not changed much from the last century.

Building construction remains as rudimentary a methodology as it was in its infancy in most developing countries. Building systems and materials used in construction continue to create durable and quality buildings. But the reality is that climatic conditions and the quality of life of living beings demand urgent alternatives today.

Much of the contribution of buildings to the climate crisis is the waste generated during their construction. Materials with high levels of embodied energy and with highly harmful manufacturing processes are used in the construction of buildings and structures that, both in their consolidation and demolition processes, constitute a significant amount of waste.

Under this scheme, one of the most important challenges to meet the objectives of decarbonization and reduction of the climate crisis would be the management of these materials. Concrete, asphalt, bricks, wood, plastic, glass, plaster, metals, among other materials can be diverted from landfills and managed for new productive uses.

Reducing the amount of construction and demolition materials disposed of in landfills or incinerators can:

  • Create employment and economic activities in the recycling industries and provide increased business opportunities within the local community, especially when selective demolition and demolition methods are used.
  • Reduce construction project overhead by avoiding purchase/disposal costs and donating reclaimed materials to qualified organizations. On-site reuse also reduces transportation costs.
  • Compensate for the environmental impact associated with the extraction and consumption of virgin resources and the production of new materials.
  • Conserve landfill space.

Having a plan that addresses this urgent situation could help developers and contractors create a green brand and aim for the decarbonization of their processes, while creating added value to their developed projects.

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2021 Global Status Report
for Buildings and Construction

Anery
Ahumada

Documenter | Communication

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