Construction is a massive industry in Dubai, but with the construction industry comes several environmental impacts. With the pace of the construction industry in Dubai increasing, we need to look at how we can manage these impacts. This blog will look at how the construction industry in Dubai is affecting the environment, what can be done to reduce these effects, and how to manage these risks in the future.
How Construction Affects the Environment
There are some construction effects on the Environment are as follows
When it comes to the pollution of the environment, every action makes a difference. Various factors contribute to it, such as the production and emissions of carbon dioxide by various machinery and vehicles. The construction industry produces 39% of energy-related and process-generated carbon dioxide emissions, which is a considerable percentage and stems from on-site activities, transportation, and building materials manufacturing.
Dust particles are an essential ingredient in the recipe to create bad air quality or smog, just like any delicate cake. However, the dust most harmful to the body does not come from a bakery but rather from construction sites. The two main components contributing to poor air quality are nitrogen and sulfur dioxide. Over time, these elements combine with other atmospheric agents to form even more dangerous toxins – like ozone and particulate matter. These particles can cause severe consequences if inhaled, some of which include respiratory illnesses, fatigue, eye irritation, and damage to internal organs.
There are many chemicals involved in the building process, and these can be harmful to both your workers and the environment. According to the UAE government, contractors are asked to implement pollution prevention measures during their construction projects to prevent pollutants from harming individuals or the environment if not handled correctly.
The Environment Protection Agency believes in keeping the surrounding environment safe. Companies must not release pollutants into lakes, rivers, or other bodies of water. Spills should be contained immediately and never be allowed to pollute the water again.
Dubai produces almost 8,000 tons of waste per day! It’s a lot of trash for a city to deal with. Still, Dubai is making innovative ways to ensure its citizens’ rubbish is efficiently recycled. Each resident contributes about 2.7 kilograms per day in the form of trash. That calculates out to 1 kg per person per year.
The construction industry is wasteful in that, due to a reliance on fast and cheap solutions that need replacing regularly, they often use material production or destruction methods that could easily be avoided. Add this to how the construction industry recycles only a fraction of the waste created for each building project, and we have one massive pile of destruction.
4. Natural Resources
The construction industry is consuming resources at a startling rate, nearly 50% of these being nonrenewable. This alarming figure can be attributed to the Worldwatch Institute’s findings that the industry depends on valuable natural mineral resources like stones, gravel, sand, and wood, which make up 25% of total global usage per year.
While construction is a highly digitized industry, with over 64% of significant architecture firms integrating digital tools into their design and engineering process, this exposure to modern technologies will not reduce the industry’s need for cost-effective and sustainable materials. 3D printing, in particular, has considerable potential to reshape the industry by helping manufacturers optimize production speed and reduce material costs by 90%.
How To Reduce Construction Effects on the Environment
Construction is one of the leading causes of environmental degradation today. We face severe environmental dangers if we do not act fast to reduce construction’s negative ecological impact. You can make a difference by understanding the way you can help stop construction’s harmful effects on water, soil, and air.
1. Control the Noise
Construction noise is a lot like the sound of firecrackers. This form of pollution is generally considered very annoying. Most of this unwanted noise is produced by machinery that works in land preparation and landscaping, which means it’s usually near businesses or homes. Of course, you don’t want to bother people at night or on weekends, when they’re trying to sleep, for example. So if people are living nearby, it’s best to send them writing saying when you will start and finish working so that everyone knows what to expect from the project.
2. Dispose of the Waste
Dubai produces nearly 50,000 tons of waste each day. That’s a lot of dirt! In Abu Dhabi, construction and demolition waste make up more than three-quarters of what’s thrown out daily.
Demolition waste accounts for 90% of the total debris found on job sites, and much of this waste is often sent to landfills and incinerators. Both these methods harm the environment, but it’s important not to let that get the best of us. By salvaging, reusing, and recycling existing materials, you can effectively cut down on the number of construction materials that require being produced since they would simply be repurposed or reused. Hardware, appliances, fixtures, and even brick/concrete can be recycled and used as fill material, driveway beds, etc. These are also valuable commodities, so don’t forget to contact your local scrap metal dealers when you have demolitions aplenty to sell.
3. Fast Your Working
If one thing will make your life easier, it’s cutting the time down to size. You can accelerate your construction project and reduce the time it takes to complete it by setting firm completion goals, allowing you to stay on track without delays or imperfections.
For example, by implementing controlled traffic during daylight hours when most workers are awake (during a typical workday), you can limit overnight debris in surrounding areas and residential homes and prevent accidents from occurring when drivers are tired behind the wheel or distracted for safety reasons. This will also expedite the construction process and bring you closer to completion on your journey toward building your dream home.
Dubai Municipality is committed to maintaining a balance between construction and development and its effect on the environment. In the UAE, construction waste amounts to approximately 22 million tons, and cement production is growing by 8% per year.
Though Dubai is one of the top leading cities in the world, it still has a few areas which could use improvement. This growth occurs at the cost of the environment. Much construction is done using the latest technology, but environmental damage remains. To combat this, it is essential to reduce the pollution caused by the various projects.