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Decarbonising construction: Six things industry could do

Sustainable Practices in Construction Industry


Impactful things that could cut emissions from the process of procuring and constructing buildings and infrastructure.

Perspectives and insights

  • Material use could be rationalised through modular components with standardised shapes and connections.
  • Buildings are underutilised, and hence a progressive target would be to cut demand for new buildings by 10%-20%.
  • The biggest win would be to use sustainable timber as a primary building material instead of structural concrete and steel.
  • Targets for reduction in virgin metal and petrochemical-based materials could also significantly reduce CO2 emissions.
  • Adopting low- or zero-emission construction machinery is another avenue to cut emissions.