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Construction Activities ontributing to Environmental Sustainability

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We conducted qualitative research on construction companies in Northern Ireland. Sixteen managers responded to our letter request; questionnaires were sent to the participants and telephone interviews were conducted. Another set of questionnaires were sent to construction site workers of the same companies in Northern Ireland. The names were sourced from a list provided by the managers. Five workers for each company – that makes n=40 – acted and responded to our request. The questionnaires and interviews covered their knowledge and opinion about EMSs, ISO 14001 Standard, how they are being implemented in construction sites.

The managers’ responses revealed that they have knowledge of EMSs and ISO 14001 Standard. In an extra space provided in the questionnaires, the managers expressed their views, problems, and suggestions. However, the ordinary laborers or site workers revealed that they have little knowledge of EMSs and ISO 14001 Standard. The questionnaire was an eye-opening for them. After the study of the findings, we found out that the extent of literature including the many studies and researches, and the case studies as well, can constitute a discussion and possible conclusion and recommendations.

The analysis and results of the survey questionnaires will be given more focus in this study. The general public is becoming increasingly aware of the issue of sustainability. The very science and technology that has been developed to give us the life style that we enjoy now has left us in a position to choose what environmental legacy to hand down to the next generation: environmental sustainability is the best proposition. However, sustainability cannot just be delivered so easily; it has to be hard-earned. For now, every single living thing creates earn environmental impact; it has been found recently that even a small dog or a cat can have an environmental impact.

Construction is the issue. More and more constructions are being done by peoples everywhere. It seems construction of buildings revolves around the status quo: the number of buildings or properties you have to reflect your wealth. But how does that affect our environment?

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