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Tips on Building Green … and Smart

By October 2, 2020 No Comments

Green construction is more than just a trend, it’s the future of the building industry. In the United States, buildings account for 68% of electricity consumption and 38% of carbon dioxide emissions. Clearly, their impact on the environment is substantial. 

Building green creates structures which maximize performance while minimizing impact. Utility expenses are reduced while the quality of life for those using the building is increased and ecological downsides are mitigated. 

It’s not challenging to convince most people building green is a good decision. They just need to know how to make it viable. 

So let’s break it down.
Here are some tips for implementing green building practices at your construction site: 

1- Reduce energy consumption through targeted upgrades. 

Older equipment is often inefficient and uses a lot of power. This increases your energy expenses and is wasteful from an environmental perspective. 

It’s beneficial to conduct periodic audits of your equipment, tools, and vehicles in order to find areas for improvement. A total overhaul would probably be prohibitively expensive, but slow and steady upgrades over a longer period will save you money while reducing your carbon footprint. 

2- Encourage waste-reducing practices at the job site and beyond. 

Get your team onboard with green construction. Provide them with the resources and education needed to effectively implement waste reducing and eco-friendly construction practices.

This takes many forms, from educational training to incentive programs targeting waste reduction. The unique needs and dynamics of your team should inform your approach. 

Most importantly, remember to lead by example. Your team will look to you when deciding how to act. Your commitment to reducing waste and investment in overhauling business operations will inspire your team to do the same. 

3- Choose sustainable materials and mitigate waste.

Sustainable and recycled building materials are always an effective way to reduce environmental impact. Improvements in this area come in many forms, from appliances that save on water and electricity to renewable building materials like bamboo. 

The choice of materials is only the first step.  How you use the materials often has a much larger impact on reducing waste in a project. 

For example, if you precisely measure your material needs ahead of time, you reduce the odds of some going to waste or getting too few and needing multiple deliveries.

It’s best to have materials delivered just-in-time. The longer they sit at the job site, the more likely some will be damaged or ruined by accidents, theft, or weather conditions. A delivery partner like TommyRun is an excellent asset in this effort! 

This is a great example of how green construction naturally aligns with general best practices for site management. The more efficiently you handle the project, the more money you save while simultaneously reducing your environmental impact. 

4- Invest where you get the best return. 

While green materials and equipment are becoming more common, many still carry a premium price tag. It may not be feasible to make major overhauls quickly, but there’s still a lot you are able to do without significant investment. 

Focus your resources, both in terms of cash and effort, on areas where you get the largest return. Often, efforts to promote efficiency in order to be more eco friendly also reduce expenses and increase profitability, so it’s a win-win for builders. 

You don’t have to be perfect. Every step towards green construction is beneficial for your business, clients, and the planet!

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