Environment Essay: Sustainable Best Practice In Construction

Sustainable Best Practice in Construction
• Locally sourced construction materials
(a) What is it?
Locally sourced construction materials are materials produced within a specific distance from the construction site; different certification programs specify a variety of distance. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’s (LEED) definition of locally sourced is, “building materials or products that have been extracted, harvested, or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project site for a minimum of 10% or 20%, based on cost, of the total materials value.” Not all materials are available within 500 miles to all construction sites thus Civil Engineers must take initiative by using recycled materials that are available locally instead of having to import from impractical destinations.
(b) Why is it important?
Transportation of products can contribute over 50% of the overall energy of a particular element hence it’s important to source construction materials locally, transportation distances would significantly reduce thus there’s less of an
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