How to Make Your Construction Site ‘Greener’
Green initiatives are trending across many industries. Consumers are willing to pay more for products and services that are environmentally-conscious, including those purchasing real estate and construction services.
Embracing green technologies can make clients happy, while also making processes more efficient.
Here are some helpful ways to adapt greener construction practices on the job site:
Creating energy efficient buildings is an important step to a greener construction site. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, deals with all types of building projects, in varying stages of development.
For instance, construction volume certification covers an entire portfolio of building projects. Whereas LEED campus and multiple building certification focuses on several buildings on a single site. For the ladder, there are a number of options to help project owners determine the best way to reach their goals.
Whether you are in the beginning stage of production, or dealing with the final touches, there is something you can do to make your project more environmentally-friendly.
In the past, you may have shied away from sustainable resources because it lowered the quality of work. But that is not the case anymore. Using sustainable materials can actually help you cut costs, without lowering the quality.
For instance, concrete is a hugely popular material for the construction market. Sustainable concrete contains recycled materials, but still creates a quality product.
Bricks are another staple item on the construction site. Take a look at wool bricks as an alternative,which are 37% stronger than regular bricks. Wool bricks are durable, but use non-toxic and local materials. You don’t have to sacrifice quality for sustainability, but instead find a way for these elements to work hand-in-hand.
Other suggested materials include solar tiles, which can generate natural power; and paper insulation made from recycled newspaper and cardboard can be both insect resistant and fire-retardant with the inclusion of borax, boric acid and calcium carbonate.
Recycling paper and plastics are a great way to reduce consumption at home and in the office. But recycling can extend far beyond those measures.
Recycling glass helps reduce air pollution by 20 percent and water pollution by 50 percent.
For a green construction site, take a look at the materials you are using and disposing. Are there glass elements applicable for recycling? What about metals, such as steel and copper? Recycling these materials can reduce pollution and may be a cost-saving measure for you as well.
Strategize Equipment Usage
Time and energy efficiency is absolutely important on the job site. If your equipment doesn’t need to be on all the time, shut them off to increase green efforts. Plan out your day based on the machines that need to be running. If they don’t need to be on, power them down.
Additionally, with all the different technologies out there, streamlining some of your management and upkeep with software will save you on the actual paper used in your projects. Take a look at some apps that help keeping your construction projects up and running.
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