How does the Contruction sector impact on Climate Change?

There are a number of ways that this sector produces greenhouse gases (directly and indirectly) from the design of individual buildings or developments, through construction materials and techniques and from the operation and maintenance of a development. The following are just two examples from different parts of this chain; one covering material selection, the other the operational aspects.

  • Cement Production
  • Energy Usage in Buildings

What is the impact of Climate Change on the Construction Sector?

As climate change progresses over the next number of decades, its effects will be felt by the construction sector. While the impacts are not necessarily all negative, changes to current building practices and further investment in upskilling the workforce will be required. Some of the main ways climate change will impact on the construction sector are:

  • Extreme Weather
  • Repair, Maintenance and Improvements
  • Legislative Changes

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