How are Quantity Surveyors responding to the need for sustainability?
Quantity Surveyors play a key role in the sustainability of any project and can influence the green credentials of a development by choosing sustainable materials and alternatives to energy intensive materials like cement and aluminium, in the schedule of materials to be used during the project.
Quantity Surveyors can promote sustainability through reducing build times, minimising waste and by using sustainable construction practices (such as pre-assembly) and materials which reduce waste and impact on the environment.
Using existing buildings wherever possible can reduce costs and build time and designing for minimum waste and avoiding over-specification all influence the projects impact on the environment.
Quantity Surveyors are responsible for the effective financial management of a project and will consider the cost of more sustainable materials on both the build costs and the long-term value of the build.