It is a fact that construction of buildings and infrastructure can dramatically impact our environment. There are two main ways of this impact: by consuming resources and by creating pollutants and wastes. The construction industry contributes to 23 percent of air pollution, 50 percent of climate change gases, 40 percent of drinking water pollution, and another 50 percent of landfill wastes. It is important then that construction companies focus more on minimizing waste production, maximizing the use of recycling, and creating sustainable buildings.
All these data and information is important for Construcciones Yamaro, which is always aware of the damage human being is making to our Planet. Since it is a responsible company, Construcciones Yamaro has created some important rules that try to determine and manage the performance of each construction work the company does. These rules manage several points of Corporate Social Responsibility, including sustainability of the materials used for the care of the environment.
Some of the features that each construction material should have to achieve the sustainability objectives are:
- Sticking to a particular model.
- Having long duration.
- Coming from renewable sources.
- Possessing a percentage of recycled material.
- Not being pollutant.
- Consuming little energy in its life cycle.
Construction and the environmental impact
Failure to comply with these qualities can mean that the materials have a major impact on the environment, so companies have to take five fundamental points, such as:
- Energy consumption they have,
- How it is as waste
- Emissions to the atmosphere
- Consumption of natural resources (large-scale use of some material can lead to its demise).
There are several countries where certificates that guarantee the source where the material was obtained is controlled and generates no impact against the environment can be provided.