By consuming resources and creating pollutants and wastes, the construction of buildings and infrastructure has a dramatic effect on the environment. According to a report by the Willmott Dixon Group, around half of all global energy usage can be attributed to the construction industry. Similarly, an estimated 60% of the total usage of raw materials, 50% of landfill wastes, and 23% of air pollution is the byproduct of construction. If construction and design firms are serious about improving the life span of our environment, they will need to address these problems sooner rather than later. / continue reading
In terms of creating and maintaining productivity, building sites are much like any other workplace. As an employer, you want your staff members to labour as quickly, efficiently, and thoroughly as possible, all whilst maintaining the highest of standards and producing faultless work. This is a challenging task, it’s true, but it’s not an impossible one. Given the right conditions, attitude and leadership, you too can offer your customers a premier service, build an unparalleled reputation for quality, and ensure that your clients are quite simply thrilled with the work that you carry out. / continue reading
Figures from the 2013/2014 Health & Safety Executive report found that there were 133 worker deaths and 70 members of the public fatally injured during this period. Over half of these accidents occurred in three ways: falls from heights, contact with moving machinery, or being struck with a vehicle (railway-related incidents were excluded from the figures). / continue reading
Effective logistical planning is imperative for any construction project as it can provide massive benefits in efficiency and productivity that significantly reduces the overall cost of the project. There’s nothing more frustrating than having a workforce not being able to continue because they are missing or waiting on the arrival of materials. This can have a knock-on effect of holding up other teams involved in the project, yet with some planning these materials can be delivered together so that each stage of the construction project can continue unhindered. In this article we’re going to assess the benefits and savings that can be made by applying modern logistical management within the construction sector. / continue reading
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