Site practice

Once you have reached the stage of commencing building work, it is important to consider the environmental impact of your practice on site, particularly in order to avoid waste and pollution.

Ask your builder to follow the code below:
  • Materials should not be placed directly on the ground but rather on a heavy gauge plastic sheet, metal plate or in a container.
  • Avoid stacking materials under the canopy of trees, where soil compaction can cause root damage.
  • When hosing or washing down, care should be taken to reduce the amount of waste materials entering road gullies or drains.
  • Water is a precious resource. Take care not to waste it.
  • Bonfires on site should be avoided if possible. If they are unavoidable, then only clean timber and dry vegetation should be burnt. Under the Environmental Protection Act (1990) it is an offence to light a bonfire that produces dark smoke. Materials can be recycled or even composted.
  • Every effort should be made to preserve plants, animals and their habitats.
  • Be responsive to the local community in planning and undertaking construction.

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