SMART project management to enable greener construction
21st century is the time when SMART project management is not just a trendy act but it is becoming a necessity for businesses. The efforts for delivering sustainable building projects are becoming a key factor for customers, investors and third-parties.
SMART is a mnemonic acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound. Smart project management is establishing the company’s objectives and goals according to the listed criteria. Let’s see how the SMART concept could help with a sustainable construction project.
Specific goals – define what you want to achieve, asking the five W’s:
- What do you want to accomplish? Since we are talking about sustainability in construction management, you should specify what type of construction project you will manage – industrial, commercial, agricultural, residential, institutional, heavy-civil, etc.
- Who is involved? Make sure you hire an experienced technical team, familiar with green construction practices.
- Which resources do I need? The materials used in the process should be eco-friendly, such as bamboo, timbercrete, grasscrete, recycled plastic, formaldehyde-free cabinets, non-toxic paints etc.
- Where is it located? Choose a location-efficient place that allows easy transportation and a variety of nearby destinations. Going green doesn’t mean having a building far away from the civilisation. It means it should serve sustainable development in all forms. Reducing the distance that people have to drive will protect the air and the water from polluting.
- Why is this goal important? The importance of green constructions is getting bigger every year as the concern of global warming has increased. Green building practices can help for minimising waste, efficient usage of energy, water and none-degradable materials.
Measurable goals – If you want to be able to measure your success, set the goals as quantity measurable and frequency measurable. For an example, for quantity measurement, you can set a goal of specific percentage decrease of electricity usage and for frequency goals, you can calculate the percentage decrease weekly, monthly or for some other period that you prefer.
Attainable goals – Make sure that the goals and objectives you set are achievable. If you want to make a green construction in a place where there are no suitable conditions, it’s hard to find like educated engineers or perhaps supplier for the necessary materials you should make a revision of your plan. Consider the region where the building will be located with all the variety of characteristics there will be, such as climatic conditions and environmental, economic and social priorities.
Relevant goals– Green building projects are the most relevant project for every construction company that is focusing on sustainable development. This helps not just the environment but also it’s bettering the company’s image and customer’s trust.
Time-Related goals – Have in mind when planning that the project could be protracted in order to gain approval. That’s a challenge for the project managers as they should schedule payments to vendors and suppliers. Additional measurements and designing of better layout also could prolong the process, compared to the length of the conventional building process. But it’s all worthy as long as you make the right decisions, looking forward to better the environmental conservation.
Smart project management is a good way to analyse your green construction project and boil down the goals and objectives, making them clear, precise and measurable. Once you’ve done that, you are one step closer to the realisation of your green building construction.
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