Construction in Australia is booming as the industry shifts to a more modern and sustainable form of construction, according to a new report.
But despite the industry’s boom, the construction sector is not growing in a sustainable manner.
The Australian Building and Construction Commission has released a new, detailed report detailing the impact of building on the environment, climate change and human health.
The report was produced by the Climate Change Authority, a non-profit organisation which helps Australia meet its international climate change commitments.
The report, released on Thursday, found that Australia’s construction industry has contributed to the loss of more than 1.2 million hectares of rainforest in the last 10 years, more than the entire country of Australia.
The country’s construction and urban areas account for nearly 50 per cent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.
And the report found that nearly half of Australia’s built environment has not been maintained for over 40 years, which makes it a prime environment vulnerability.
“The report identifies a number of ways in which Australia’s infrastructure can be designed to reduce the environmental impact of construction activities and to improve the efficiency of construction projects,” said Dr. Helen Breslow, Climate Change and Building Commission director.
“These include: reducing construction footprint, reducing land use changes, and building more resilient buildings.
It is critical that these building practices be recognised and made more sustainable and sustainable structures are built on.”
The report found there are five main ways in Australia’s building industry that could be made more environmentally sustainable.
First, the use of energy-efficient materials and materials, such as recycled or renewable materials.
“Reuseable materials and construction materials have the potential to reduce CO2 emissions,” the report said.
“Construction is an important and fast-growing source of greenhouse gas.
Building could be an effective way of reducing greenhouse gas emission and its impact on land use change.”
There is also the potential for the use and reuse of materials that are less damaging to the environment and land use.
“Second, the creation of alternative and more sustainable construction practices.”
Third, the development of a network of land-use management practices, which could reduce land use and greenhouse gas impacts and reduce construction footprint.
The fourth is the construction of more resilient building.
The fifth is the development and implementation of sustainable construction processes to minimise the environmental impacts of construction.
“This is a challenging and evolving field, with many new challenges, particularly in light of the climate change challenge,” the commission said in a statement.
“It is important to remember that these are not just environmental issues, but also social, economic and social development issues as we strive to provide sustainable building solutions that do not harm local communities, and which address issues of sustainability and wellbeing.”
The carbon footprint of Australian buildings is estimated at about 20,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent, which translates into approximately 0.02 per cent CO2 per kilometre of built area.
In Australia, that is equivalent to more than 40 cars on a freeway.
The construction industry is not the only one in the construction industry that is using the power of the market to maximise profits.
The Queensland Building and Forestry Commission (QBFFC) operates a land use review to determine land use to help determine where land should be used and built, and has a long-standing policy of not building on public land.
“The QBFFC is committed to sustainable land use practices for all Queensland sites,” the statement said.
“It has a very active carbon monitoring program, and is undertaking a significant land-management program that is designed to manage the impacts of building and other developments on local resources.”
The Australian National University’s (ANU) Sustainable Land Management Program (SLMP) is working with construction firms to address the environmental and social impacts of their work.
“SLMP has been able to identify a number environmental benefits associated with the building of new homes and dwellings,” the agency said in the statement.
“We are currently developing a land-based policy framework for this program that will ensure that the construction process and the environmental outcomes of the land use are not negatively impacted.”