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The construction industry consumes 75% of the earth’s natural resources

  • by JW

The construction industry carries a lot of responsibilities when it comes to climate change:

Futures Forum: Climate change: and concrete: “the massive CO2 emitter”

Futures Forum: Climate change: and changing the old, polluting ways of the cement industry

Futures Forum: How sustainable is the construction industry? … ‘Concrete is responsible for 7-10% of CO2 emissions’ … ‘The industry must shift its emphasis beyond recycling and towards reuse’


As the ArchDaily reports on the bigger picture:


Which Materials are Easiest to Recycle?

The construction industry is responsible for 75% of the consumption of earth’s natural resources. Stone, sand, iron, and many other finite resources are extracted in huge quantities to supply the markets.

Additionally, construction sites themselves generate enormous quantities of waste, whether through construction, demolition, or remodeling. In Brazil, for example, construction waste can represent between 50% and 70% of the total mass of municipal solid waste [1]. This waste often ends up in landfills and dumps rather than being properly disposed of, overwhelming municipal sanitation systems and creating informal disposal sites.

If more care is taken, however, this waste could have enormous potential for reuse. If given proper destinations and processed correctly, recycled materials can replace those extracted from deposits to form new building components, maintaining a quality generally comparable to traditional materials…

Which Materials are Easiest to Recycle? | ArchDaily


The industry is keen to act, though:

51st CES stresses the importance of recycling > Osan Air Base …