If you currently work in or have experience in the construction industry, then you know what a “quantity surveyor” is and does. However, to those outside the industry, and even to some who think they know, the functions that quantity surveyors provide are always clearly comprehended. Looking at Green structures and buildings is a good way to highlight the importance of how valuable quantity surveyors are.
A quantity surveyor, abbreviated sometimes as “QS”, is a professional who has the task of quantifying and then managing various and specific cost items. These can be particulars like equipment, labour, material, and plant costs, which together add up to the total sum of any construction project. A QS professional is registered and serves as a project advisor that gives the whole team an added value service, starting with feasibility analysis although the way through balancing the final budget, ledger, and checkbook.
An experienced, capable, and proactive QS can save contractors and clients alike their money, time, and more, when construction projects go wrong in terms of their budget or overruns on the projected completion date.
A good QS is personally familiar with procurement strategies from both the private and public sectors, so he or she can prove quite handy in getting over the road-bumps that tend to happen with unfamiliar procurement logistics. Since they have a strength in creating budgets, they can be very useful when the team is preparing tenders, either small and simple or bigger and complicated.
So, why does going Green matter?
The impact, happening, and threat of climate change is not a theory anymore, but an actual reality in the modern world. Populations continue to rise, and urbanization is spreading cities across the landscape like wildfire. Local governments and builders are growing upwards, rather than outwards, so concentrations of citizens and their modern conveniences are impacting Mother Nature more than ever. How modern structures are constructed and operated, the spaces where we work, live, love, and play, goes a long way towards just how natural resources are consumed, as well as how much global warming gases are generated.
Benefits for the environment
When anyone goes “Green”, they are doing nature and the world a favor. Yet, what exactly does “going Green” practically mean in concrete steps or terms? Simply put, it should mean that as a species we learn what we need to do to be more in balance with nature and choose methods within civilization that are far more sustainable so there’s something left for future members of society. Identifying, protecting, and enhancing ecosystems and biodiversity is a big thing to do. Improving the quality of water and air has benefits now and forever. The reduction of waste streams pollutes the world less, and conserving or even restoring natural resources is also huge.
Benefits for the economy
However, going Green doesn’t just benefit the world. There are tremendous and numerous economic advantages to doing this too. It only takes a little intelligence to reduce the costs of building something by going Green. This can be done in specific steps like wastewater getting reused in an air conditioner or putting in solar panels. Letting solid or liquid wastes generate power also cuts down on long-term building operating costs. These all add up to homes and businesses saving money or having higher profit margins, without it coming at the expense of the environment. Additionally, after Brexit in the UK these economic benefits could help QS’s as you can read in this piece from TDM Recruitment.
Benefits for society
The advantages of going Green do not stop just yet. There are social advantages to it too. The health of individuals does not have to suffer from so much pollution, indoors or out, and especially in urban areas. Smart technologies that better regulate temperature and illumination make residents and building occupants more comfortable while saving power use. There is less strain on community utility infrastructure, and landscape aesthetics are improved. All of this results in a higher quality of life without sacrificing the environment along the way.