10 Business View Australia - July 2015
This entails the use of photovoltaic
materials to replace traditional building
materials used for roofs, facades and
glazing. Adopting this technology will
lead to multiple benefits including
better aesthetics, lower electricity
bills and the satisfaction that a
contribution has been made in the
effort to reduce global warming.
Road building is another major activity
which the construction industry is
involved in. The adoption of two different
technologies can make a significant
impact to the carbon footprint which
road building generates. The first,
recycled/reclaimed asphalt pavement
(RAP) requires the reuse of asphalt.
This material does not lose any of its
properties with reuse and the savings
in costs and reduction in emission by
utilizing this technology is significant.
Warm mix asphalt (WMA) uses a
specialised binder instead of a bitumen
binder and this process requires much
lower temperatures. As a result energy
savings of 30% can be achieved.
Both these technologies are
extensively used in America where
RAP accounts for 19.1% of total