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Client pressure will drive green push in construction

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Pressure from clients for sustainable projects will lead to a greater pursuit of carbon emission reductions among the construction and building materials sectors, according to BMI Research.

“The construction sector – and the building materials industries that supply it – will be at the forefront of delivering the low-carbon economy, as companies not only work to address the sectors’ significant carbon emissions, but more importantly service clients that continually demand more carbon-efficient projects” the research firm said.

According to research by construction multinational, Skanska, building materials make up an estimated 15% of a building’s share of emissions during its lifecycle, with construction accounting for a further 5%.

As a result, building materials producers – and cement makers in particular – are driving efforts to reduce carbon emissions within the construction industry. These efforts are focused around replacing traditional fossil fuels with greener alternatives, as well as investing in carbon capture and storage research.

Greater focus on developing circular economy strategies is also common to both the building materials and construction sector as both recognise that “by better utilisation of waste products there is a significant carbon reduction benefit to gain,” noted BMI Research.

“Such strategies are set to become much more important to winning work on projects,” continued the research firm. “Globally the momentum with regards to client demands is heading squarely in the direction of low carbon projects.”

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