It’s no secret that the building and construction industry uses a huge amount of energy and creates large amounts of waste. This means that it is one of the biggest contributors to climate change. However, although the construction industry does impact the environment, it’s also essential to our way of life. With that in mind, the construction industry must change with the times and become more energy-efficient and sustainable. In this blog, we’ve listed just a few ways that sustainability can be factored into the building foundation process.
Screw piles are nothing new. In fact, screw piles were used as a method for building foundation work as far back as the 1800s! Since its inception, screw piles have become some of the most well-known and reliable forms of building foundations. Screw piles work by quite literally ‘screwing’ piles into the ground using hydraulic equipment.
Screw piles can also be removed if required and reused elsewhere. This means that they are much more sustainable than traditional driven piles or concrete foundations. By using screw piles, building contractors can reduce their carbon footprint while on the job.
As well as traditional screw piles, there are a range of new styles of foundation which are being touted for their energy-saving capabilities once installed. Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) and Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) may be able to help homeowners save hundreds of pounds on their energy bills and, therefore, also do their bit for the environment. By creating foundations that reduce the homeowners’ reliance on fossil-fuel energy, contractors using these types of foundations can help create a more sustainable future for the construction and foundation industry.
Believe it or not, but concrete is the second-most consumed substance in the world after water. As such, it has a huge impact on the environment. Although alternatives haven’t made their way into the mainstream yet, there are signs that strong concrete-like materials can be made from materials like ash, furnace slag and even waste paper!
If you require building foundation services, including screw piles, in England or Wales, contact Below Ground. We’re experts in the industry and have worked with countless clients. Whether you’re a private individual or run a commercial or industrial operation, get in touch today.
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