Having a new structure built is a pretty complex business, whether it's a large new building or just a smaller addition to your existing one. A big question that people are increasingly asking is: just how eco-friendly is this construction project going to be?
The answer, of course, comes down to many different factors, which are influenced by each decision you make along the way. But with climate change such a hot topic, it's important to do everything you can to minimise the environmental impact of your construction.
Any building work starts with foundations, and the decision you make here can have a significant impact on how eco-friendly the whole project is. If you're concerned about this, here's why you should choose screw piles instead of concrete foundations.
Faster project completion
In terms of how quickly you can begin building, there's really no competition between concrete foundations and screw piles. While concrete takes longer to install and needs more time to set, screw piling is done quickly and the foundations are ready for building on immediately.
This has a huge knock-on effect for the overall completion time, and that means your carbon footprint is far lower. Instead of all the extra time where people are travelling to and from the site and work is being done, you can get it all over with fast. Less time equals lower emissions, which means your whole build is greener.
Much lower energy requirements
Screw piling is such a straightforward job that it needs very little power and effort to complete. It also only takes a small team compared to concrete foundations. That's because the foundations are screwed right into the existing ground, and there's no need to carry out extensive digging operations before the work begins.
There's also very little displacement of soil, so there's no energy used transporting all of that excess earth somewhere else for disposal. Don't forget, too, that building concrete foundations means huge amounts of material must be transported to the site.
Friendlier to plant and animal life
Building concrete foundations requires quite a bit of upheaval, and it's also a noisy process. With screw piling, the noise and vibration levels are vastly reduced, so it's far less unpleasant for any animals in the area.
The reduced soil displacement means there's less risk of damaging trees and plants in the area, and animal homes won't be destroyed in the process of setting your foundations.
Another concern with concrete foundations is that they can leak toxic materials into the ground. Using screw piles, you'll be keeping the ground safe and clean for local wildlife.