Earlier in the week the world observed World Water Day, a day set aside to highlight water related issues.
Water conservation and storm water pollution management is a big consideration for a builder in project management. Water proofing is also a big responsibility for a builder because one downpour can quickly turn into an insurance claim to the Home Building Compensation Fund that ultimately affects your premium.
We’ve done the hard work for you this long weekend and found excellent resources to help you proof and conserve.
Useful websites and resources for builders on proofing and conserving water on site:
1: The Australian Institute of Waterproofing is an official waterproofing representative body which has many informative blog posts on waterproofing from Causes of Failure in Waterproofing to inspections.
2: This Construction and demolition waste guide – recycling and re-use across the supply chain outlines the environmental impact building materials can have and how to minimise it at every step of the building process. Did you know building waste accounts for about 1/2 all the solid waste generated worldwide?
3: Environmental management system tool – While the Environmental Management System Tool, developed by The Australian Government Department of Environment, has been designed for an office based environment, there is some incredibly good information and templates that could be adapted for building sites. Templates we think could be particularly useful if adapted for the building site include:
4: This page on The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) website is also an excellent resource. Along with other information relating to environment management on site, this page outlines who responsible for storm water pollution under section 120 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 including a nod to the heavy fines involved in poor storm water management from building sites.
This really is a great site for the small builder as most of the information applies specifically to owner-builders or single building block construction sites.
5: This national factsheet on WATER SAVING TIPS FOR CONSTRUCTION from The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) also offers great information about water care from water saving plans for your project to drain management, dry sweeping, silt prevention, erosion and sediment control. It even discusses water conservation and the protection of water quality prior to project start even at tender stage.
So, happy belated World Water Day and Easter from the Small Builders team. We hope you find these resources useful.