The Construction Sector and Pollution

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Building construction is not an act of nature, and it typically is not a very environmentally-friendly activity. Every decision the architect and the engineer make throughout the development process; from smaller scale constructions such as farm lands, parks, single-housing units, and sewage system to a larger scale such as facilities, power plants, multi-family units, bridges, and highways, will have a very close and direct impact to the environment directly and indirectly. In order to achieve a better standard for the living quality without causing further burdens and negative impacts to the planet earth, the ways to manage these major environmental impacts from the construction need to be strongly enforced. Existing researches have suggested that construction sector is one of the largest pollution contributors in our current society due to poor design strategies and usage of wrong materials and technologies. These impacts are typically classified as on-site and off-site construction activities. On-site activities include the actual construction of a physical facility, causing air pollution, water and soil pollution, waste pollution, noise pollution, and traffic pollution. Off-site activities are more focusing on the relationship between the pollution to the mining and manufacturing of the materials, and the transportations of the materials. To prevent these issues, more and more people have begun to look into the importance of sustainable construction practices, and
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