Within the building and construction industry, sustainability is currently the key buzzword. Due to a rapidly increasing population, there is a bigger focus on creating buildings that will continue to benefit people and the environment for years to come and with pressure groups placing increased scrutiny on building companies, it is critical for these construction businesses to employ a quantity surveyor.
Population growth has resulted in a demand for around 300,000 new homes to spring up each year alongside further large-scale infrastructure projects to support business and industry growth, the need for quantity surveyors has never been greater.
Decreasing numbers of resources coupled with a mounting concern regarding emissions and wastes mean that a quantity surveyors role is critical in ensuring that new and upcoming projects are brought about in the most sustainable method, utilising as many reusable products as possible resulting in a low energy final product.
The role of a quantity surveyor
A quantity surveyor is intrinsic to the completion of a successful building project, ensuring the costs for the construction and execution are calculated accurately and ensuring that efficiency is achieved throughout.
A quantity surveyor may also be employed to manage the overall finances and timekeeping within a project, whether this is commercial, industrial or residential. Quantity surveyors are also often employed to provide resolution dispute service to contracting parties or preparing insurance estimates for various types of buildings.
How does quantity surveying promote sustainability
Through the creation of detailed plans and lists of materials required to complete the building, a quantity surveyor can better manage resources and reduce wastage. This is also the optimal time for the project to establish how they can use sustainable materials and input them into the development at an early stage.
Quantity surveyors are often partial to following sustainability practices, which include a set of ideas that will help to overcome issues faced in building sustainably and achieving an environmentally friendly approach. These include sourcing and reusing existing buildings where available, which will reduce the overall build time, minimise costs and utilise existing resources. During the design phase, a quantity surveyor can support in avoiding over-specification which will result in waste, recommend pre-assembly where possible and minimise energy use through avoiding intensive materials.
The future of construction in the UK
Energy efficiency and sustainability are quickly becoming the hot topic within the construction industry, driving innovative and green technologies that will see buildings completed in shorter time frames whilst ensuring a minimal impact on the surrounding environment and ensuring safe and clean habitats and office spaces.
Europe is currently pushing to reduce the overall energy consumption and carbon footprint, with construction a core focus of this movement due to 40% of all energy in circulation utilised by Europes industrial, residential and commercial buildings. This huge usage converts to around 3.5 billion barrels of oils and around 35% of the continents carbon emissions. Existing buildings are pegged for mass renovations to reduce energy usage. Upcoming projects are expected to adopt a more eco-friendly and sustainable approach to cut emissions – through both the construction of the structures and the internal running including self-powering building utilising renewal energy, efficient lighting sources, improved insulation and alternative heating and cooling solutions.