Jet Plasform towards Creating a Greener Environment

Many of the resources we rely on are becoming increasingly scarce. Ecosystems are struggling, landfills are nearing capacity, and our quality of life is severely at risk. These problems can appear massive, while our attempts to make a difference can seem miniscule. But every positive step, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction.

Green construction is about conservancy, practicality, environmental responsibility, economic value, and creating a healthy and sustainable world for today and tomorrow. The 3R’s concept in Green Construction: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle can be helpful as a guide. There are many ways to make a construction project green: from architectural design to foundation to the completion of construction. While some green materials are more expensive than their non-green counterparts, the overall economic, environmental and health benefits often outweigh the cost differentials in time, if not immediately.

The Malaysian construction industry through the introduction of the Green Building Index (GBI) in May 2009 has since been promoting a sustainable or “green” awareness, in built environment and construction practices. One of the small but key areas of construction methodology which encompasses the Green 3R’s concept and best practices is the implementation of System Formwork.

Modular construction using JET Plasform System reduces the overall amount of formwork required on a project site. The high durability and reusable nature of system formwork enables minimum amount of formwork on each project, allowing it to be re-used after each casting. One of the advantages of modular system formwork is that its components can be easily dismantled or disassembled for storage after a particular project, and can be reconfigured and re-used for multiple future projects.

This largely reduces the amount of new components required for every new project, effectively preventing excessive construction waste generation on site. All products have its useful lifespan. The components of the modular system formwork can then be disposed by recycling, such as steel stiffeners, plasform panels, etc. hence eliminating the need for disposal into landfills.

JET Plasform System not only scales down labour force requirements and overall project costs, but also has a downstream effect: less direct work force means less direct pollution, waste and rubbish generation from workers. This extensively reduces the adverse social impact currently faced in the construction industry.