Environment management in practice
Construction is one activity that is acknowledged to have real and potential adverse effects on the environment and well being of the populations of the world. Construction, in general, and buildings, in particular, contributes to the environmental crisis through resource depletion, energy consumption, air pollution and waste creation.
Although the causes of environmental degradation are well known, the business logic for environmental improvement has been largely operational and technical. Few firms have incorporated sustainability into their strategic thinking. A sustainable business should use its unique position to develop and achieve sustainable production and sustainable consumption at the same time. A responsible and sustainable system of environmental management should start with pollution prevention then expand into control and environmental design.
Strategies developed in the past 20 years to reduce the operational energy consumption of buildings have largely focused on the potential energy savings associated with increasing the thermal efficiency of a building's envelope. Whilst this is a positive advance, it addresses only one part of the total energy balance of a building's life cycle.
It is evident that both the public and private sectors of the industry are making a shift towards life cycle analysis consumers have become more aware of the impact that construction activity has on the environment. As a result, they are pressuring the industry to adopt more sustainable methods. To compete in today's marketplace Pioneer must respond to these demands in an environmentally responsible and cost-effective manner.