1. Over the next 40 years, the world will build an additional 230 billion square meters in new construction – which is the equivalent of building a new Paris each week. Without action, this will introduce an enormous amount of additional CO2 into the atmosphere.
2. Every 1 tonne of concrete created for building generates 1.15 tonnes of CO2. Concrete is one of the world’s most carbon intensive industries, accounting for 7% of Green House Gas emissions alone.
3. Around 2/3 of freight transport in cities globally is transported to and from construction sites, much of which is waste material designated for landfill. The scope 3 emissions from these vehicles are immense.
Sustainability in the Middle East
The Carbon problem has become a growing concern specifically in the Middle East, where demand for real estate and commercial buildings has increased exponentially, exacerbating the construction industry’s environmental impact. As a result, governments are now taking action.
As an example, ahead of COP28 this month, the UAE government has introduced regulations and standards to incentivize sustainable development. In Abu Dhabi, firms have adopted the Pearl rating system (Estidama), in Dubai there is the Green Building Rating system, and in Ras-al-Khaimah there is the Barjeel rating system.
1. Carbon Emissions Tracking: The module offers real-time insights into true carbon emissions throughout the construction process. This data allows project managers to centralize data, identify areas for improvement and implement strategies to reduce their overall carbon footprint.
2. Water Intensity Analysis: Water is a precious resource, and the Sustainability module helps construction teams monitor and optimize water usage. By identifying areas of high water intensity, projects can implement water-efficient practices, contributing to a more sustainable approach.
3. Waste Management: Efficient waste management is crucial for sustainability, especially given the excessive waste produced during construction. The Asite module allows construction teams to track and minimize waste across all stages of the project, promoting a circular economy and reducing environmental impact.
4. Workers Welfare Management: Beyond environmental concerns, the module also addresses social responsibility. Construction projects can utilize the tool to monitor workers' welfare, ensuring a safe and healthy working environment.
5. Materials Tracking: Gain full visibility and control over your material usage. Ensure accurate inventory management, minimizing waste and promoting sustainable resource allocation.
6. Carbon Visualization: Leverage the Asite 3D Repo platform for quick and completely novel visualization of real-time embodied carbon metrics. Combine 3D models and LCA data to create comparative dashboards for eco-friendly construction options to present to project stakeholders and clients.
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