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When you think sustainable, you tend to lean towards the three R’s, reduce, reuse, and recycle. And with good reason, it is not just a catchy marketing phrase, but a valuable mantra when considering how to minimise your ecological footprint. Of course, one of the biggest manmade impacts on the environment is construction, so sustainable construction practices are a must. This is where High Energy Impact Compaction (HEIC) comes into its own. HEIC plays a crucial role in sustainable construction by providing several benefits that contribute to environmentally friendly and resilient building practices.

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How does HEIC factor into sustainable construction practices?

 

Soil compaction is necessary to increase the bearing capacity and stiffness of in-situ (natural state) or chemically modified soils. Compaction increases the shear strength of soils by adding friction from the interlocking of particles. It provides crucial support for buildings, construction foundations, pavements, roads, and various other construction structures.

 

The use of HEIC in sustainable construction practices promotes soil stabilisation, construction efficiency, structural performance, risk mitigation, and sustainable land use. By incorporating HEIC techniques, construction projects can reduce their environmental footprint, enhance long-term resilience, and contribute to sustainable development.

 

Compacted soil is more resistant to water infiltration, erosion, and being carried away by the wind. And what better way to do that in construction than to carry out High Energy Impact Compaction and reuse the land that already exists within a construction zone?

The Benefits

 

Sustainability is a viable investment with a measurable ROI, and not a mere PR stunt. Not to mention the ability to keep communities safe while providing infrastructure. If adverse soil conditions are detected that could bring risk to people or the environment, HEIC allows compaction without the need to unearth or disturb what’s underneath.

 

Soil Stabilisation

  • improve the load-bearing capacity and stability of the soil.

  • enhance the soil's ability to support structures, reducing the risk of settlement or uneven settling over time.

  • minimise the need for excessive soil excavation and replacement, resulting in reduced material consumption.

 

Increased Construction Efficiency

  • rapid and efficient compaction of large areas.

  • helps expedite project schedules, reducing construction time and related resource consumption.

  • increased efficiency translates to lower energy usage, reduced emissions from construction equipment, and minimised disruption to the surrounding environment.

 

Enhanced Structural Performance

  • creation of a denser soil matrix, improving the overall structural integrity of the built environment.

  • compact soil exhibits higher bearing capacity, reduced settlement, and increased resistance to erosion.

  • longer lasting and more resilient infrastructure, reducing the need for frequent repairs or replacements.

 

Mitigation of Soil-related Risks

  • helps distribute loads more uniformly and reduces the likelihood of uneven settling.

  • in areas prone to liquefaction during seismic events, HEIC can densify the soil, improving its resistance to liquefaction-induced damage.

 

Sustainable Land Use

  • allows for development in areas that would otherwise be unsuitable or require extensive soil remediation.

  • helps preserve natural habitats and minimises the need for land conversion.

High Energy Impact Compaction (HEIC) is at the foundation of the projects that build key infrastructure assets such as land reclamation, shipping terminals, airports, and other transport networks. You can rely on HEIC for major projects.

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Does sustainable construction really exist?

 

The short answer is always yes, but what does it really mean? Sustainable construction refers to the practice of designing, constructing, operating, and demolishing buildings in an environmentally responsible and resource-efficient manner. Striving to minimise any adverse effects on the environment, with a focus on maximising benefits for future occupants and the greater society.

Sustainable construction is not just about the materials used. It also includes innovation and design that can be repurposed. Sustainable construction is essential because the construction industry significantly impacts the environment, not only through energy consumption but also the potential to infringe on wild habitats. The construction industry contributes 36% of the world’s energy usage and accounts for 40% of the world’s CO2 emissions. Which is why, the ultimate goal is to minimise the ecological footprint of the construction industry and contribute to a more sustainable future.

How does it work?

While sustainable construction begins during the design phase with architects and engineers, it is a process that continues well after the construction has been completed. It is often broken into three core concepts: economic, environmental, and social. By integrating various principles, strategies, and technologies throughout each phase everyone involved can play a crucial role in maintaining the sustainability of the construction.

 

Some of the strategies that can be utilised to ensure sustainable construction include:

  • Energy efficiency: Using energy-efficient materials, appliances, and systems to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Water conservation: Implementing water-efficient fixtures, rainwater harvesting systems, and wastewater treatment and recycling to minimise water usage.

  • Waste reduction and recycling: Promoting waste management practices that prioritise recycling, reuse, and proper disposal of construction and demolition waste.

  • Site selection and planning: Considering the environmental impact and sustainability of the construction site, including factors like transportation, habitat preservation, and stormwater management.

  • Life-cycle assessment: Evaluating the environmental impact of a building throughout its entire life cycle, from construction to operation and eventual demolition or reuse.

 

When considering these strategies, it is easy to comprehend that High Energy Impact Compaction (HEIC) is not just a useful aid, but a transformative force in the field of construction and engineering. In addition, Landpac’s long-serving staff love solving your problems and offering specialist advice. They’ll use their considerable training backgrounds and years of experience to make your jobs more efficient and profitable.

 

Conclusion

Sustainability has become a global concern over the past few decades due to increasing climate change and global warming, which threaten to deplete our natural resources. Since the construction industry consumes many of the planet’s natural resources, the industry must be at the forefront of sustainable initiatives and practices. Therefore, employing HEIC in the preparation of construction sites is a significant step towards preserving sustainable construction practices.

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