We have all seen “green nets” covering buildings and construction sites, especially, the ones within and around busy/populated areas.
So why the Nets? Are the building and construction sites mosquito infested? Or could it be that the developers do not want passersby to have a glimpse of the building or whatever coming up at the site before it is fully complete? Well, this is an acceptable reason. We all love surprises.
On a serious note though, there are many reasons surrounding the use of “green nets” in building and construction sites. In this article, we take you through the key points. We will also explain the “green net” and why the green colour is preferred over other colours, especially for building and construction sites.
Importance of the “green nets” at building and construction sites
- Worker Safety
The “green nets” provide a safe working environment. It reduces direct exposure to sunlight, heat, and harmful UV rays. As a result, this helps prevent heat-related illnesses and sunburns among construction workers.
The nest also helps to break the vision of the construction team working at high heights. As a result, they can work without fear of heights. Alongside improving the worker’s well-being, the nets at the same time help optimize working hours.
2. Material Protection
Noteworthy, construction materials such as cement, concrete, and wood are vulnerable to weather conditions. The “green nets”, therefore, shield these materials from direct sunlight and rain. As a result, they minimise the risk of damage and extend their lifespan.
3. Equipment Preservation
Construction equipment such as machinery and tools can be affected by extreme temperatures and direct sunlight. The “green nets” are therefore installed to create a protective barrier around the site where the machinery is at work. This reduces the risk of overheating or fading and prolonging the equipment’s life.
4. Dust and Debris Control
Building and construction sites often generate dust and debris. This can cause disruptions, health hazards, and damage to nearby properties. Here the “green nets” play a crucial role. They act as a containment system, preventing dust and debris from spreading beyond the construction site.
Owing to the “green net”, the construction process is hidden from curious onlookers at least until the building is completed. Then the final finished design is exhibited giving a pleasant experience to passersby and onlookers.
What are the “green nets” and why green and not blue or yellow?
Referred to as building shade/ safety nets, the “green nets” are knitted polyethene monofilament with reinforced webbing bands which have pre-punched eyelet holes in 4-inch intervals.
While there are different coloured building shades/ safety nets, the green ones are most preferred for several reasons.
One, green is a highly visible colour that can easily be seen from a distance. People can therefore take note of the site from afar and avoid it if necessary or take the appropriate precautions. The green colour is also reflective. This property comes in handy at night when there is slight light, improving visibility.
Two, green is a neutral colour that blends in well with the surrounding environment. Lastly, green is a calming colour. It can thus help reduce stress and anxiety, especially for people who live or work near the building and construction sites.