How Climate Change can affect projects in the Construction Industry?

How Climate Change can affect projects in the Construction Industry?

When it comes to climatic changes, it’s not at all doom for the construction industry. Every country has been plagued with climatic changes such as hurricanes, storms, global warming and drowning. AEC Industry is looking forward to making the buildings or infrastructures more sustainable thus there is a need to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) that are negatively impacting in the air or more resilient and thereby need to protect structures against extreme weather.

Suspecting errors within the construction industry is risk barriers in itself, and sometimes resolving it is beyond your control. One of the most concerned is the climate change effect that is disrupting the construction industry overall.

Buildings have more effect on global warming due to the energy consumed, and it is speculated that by coming years, it will be the cause to release C02 gas that comes from making materials such as concrete to the way that buildings absorb and release air. Every construction site implements some practices such as demolition to clear a site that has given rise to global warming.

Engineers are suggesting changes that would reduce energy consumption bills for commercial property owners during construction. Due to this, they have to adapt construction methods that reduce costs when the temperature rises across the globe.

Climatic changes have brought compulsion by the engineers to impose practice of green construction methods in their entire project sooner to aid in positive environmental impact. The construction industry is continuously working upon how to make concrete with less C02, using recycled materials and constructing buildings that are less hazardous to the environment.

With BIM Services, it is possible to make a 3D drawing in Revit software for all disciplines and control climatic damages and modify them easily without harming the environment or wasting time on a rework of the project.

Effects of climate change in the construction industry

Buildings must be Stronger: – Weather changing events are more frequently occurring across the globe. Because of this, there is a need for legislation to implement in the construction industry to make stable and stronger buildings. Areas prone to flooding, there is an increased need for construction specialist skilled in building mechanism for flood defense. Where storms occur the most, there is an increasing need for construction professionals to use stronger material with elements.

Innovation is emphasized: – Construction companies in this strict building requirement environment need to be more creative as they are attempting to use standards while building. With the advent of technologies and innovations is becomes necessary for the companies to use those technologies and recruit staff and train them for implementing these technologies in their projects to make the building stronger, sustainable and cost-effective.

Making Green Building more standardized: – With construction regulations being more centralized, companies are adopting green building standards. They are executing less construction waste, use less energy and more. Green construction methods are used to help protect against summers, rainfall and winters.

Rising Temperatures: – Due to rising in the temperatures, there is a long summer and winter season have lengthened the construction season for all the companies all over the country. In January, most of the countries like the UK, US and more laid off their workers because of extreme weather.

Need for Skilled Workers: – To implement changes in extreme weather events, it is necessary to hire more skilled laborers to accomplish projects on time. There is an industry-wide problem of labor shortages, and new building guidelines are prepared to increase the pressures in the industry. The more stable practice is executed by the construction companies to resolve environmental issues such as damage to the environment to change in weather to destroy their services.

Worksite Safety: – Major concern in the climate change impacts the worksite safety as rain and flooding can deteriorate the wood and slippery surfaces, increases risk of injuries and creates unsafe working conditions for the construction workers. The rise in temperature can cause heat stress and heat stroke that can lead to death. Also, concrete takes a lot of time to cure, which makes construction project delays and increases costs.

Worksite Building Materials: – Weather changes are badly affecting the building materials and structures. Due to the higher temperature, materials like brick and wood can decay and damage faster. Because of this, there is a high demand for producing new materials and sustainable construction to reduce changes.


While constructing a project, location can be the major concern as extreme weather events such as storms, floods and more can affect the construction project. The material must adhere to climatic change.  Future of construction fully depends upon customization. Every project comes with a unique set of weather risks; hence, custom protection is a must. Duration of weather protection may depend upon location, nature of the project, materials used in the project and its area’s climate. Planning and execution of a construction project need to be measured carefully. Future may get changed for construction companies in terms of weather events and insurance companies to pay the damages.

Written By:
Bhagwati Pathak
Bhagwati Pathak is an Executive Director at Tesla Outsourcing Services. Technical Project Management, BIM, Client Management, and Leadership are her forte. With an expertise in BIM and a flair for writing, her articles provide a direction to contractors, sub-contractors, engineers, and architects in employing the right methodology for an Architectural, Structural, or MEP CAD / BIM project.

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