Bouw-iD is all about building beautiful villas and executing nice renovations. They also carry out several projects and in doing so they use Go Forest in a good way: they want to be ahead of the regulations against more building area. For the habitable space they create with their projects, they are going to plant trees. They have chosen a project where 1000 trees are planted per hectare and, thus, they can translate the complete surface into forest. Bouw-iD is very happy with it, but they are also doing their customers a favor: the future generations will also be able to enjoy beautiful nature.
The construction sector
Construction is a traditional industry. It is very difficult to get everyone in the construction process on board with the sustainability journey. First of all, recycling waste at home is sometimes already difficult, so you can imagine how that adds up in a construction project. It is huge how much waste is generated during the construction process.
Secondly, there is the price. Customers are more and more in favor of sustainable construction, but the cost is also important: with sustainable insulation material, for example, the walls become thicker and costs rise. Because of these rising costs, customers often opt for the less ecological option. Currently, prices are also rising in general. This certainly does not make it any easier to get those sustainable materials through. We are now trying our best to find and offer the right alternatives, but in the long term, the material market will have to turn more sustainable as a whole.
A first step
We need to do something and working together with Go Forest is an accessible option. The impact compared to the cost is large: we can already achieve a lot with relatively low costs and effort. In the meantime, it is up to us to flesh out the rest of the sustainability picture, and that is a long-term process.
While it only takes six months to grow a seed in a nursery into a little tree, transforming the construction sector will take more than six months. In addition to our solar panels and making our fleet more sustainable, Go Forest is our first step towards a long-term change.
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“While it only takes six months to grow a seed in a nursery into a little tree, transforming the construction sector will take more than six months. In addition to our solar panels and making our fleet more sustainable, Go Forest is our first step towards a long-term change.”