Climate change affects everything in our lives, and every industry. But, it seems to have an especially significant impact on the construction industry. So, this blog post will try to give some answers to the question how is climate change affecting construction?
Extreme weather is quickly becoming the norm, and construction legislation is gradually being changed to accommodate this. Buildings have to withstand higher and lower temperatures, and floods/high winds have to be considered too. In some countries they also have to be able to withstand earthquakes and other natural disasters.
This presents challenges for the construction industry and its workers. It is important to keep up with the latest changes by learning new skills and developing adapted techniques. This makes working in construction pretty interesting!
One of the most obvious problems in the UK is flooding. In 2016, the bill for damage caused by flooding was said to exceed the estimated £600 million losses caused by flooding in 2012, but to be less than the £3.2 billion cost of 2007 (you can find more info here). This means that stronger flood defences, which have been publicly funded projects designed to protect specific areas.
I hope this has given you an idea of how climate change is affecting construction, and how the industry is having to respond to the dangers of risks like flooding. For more interesting blog posts on the construction industry, check out the rest of our blog!